2011

Visual Studio 11 brings many new things for native development, including support for new features from C++11 (unfortunately not all), or ability to write Metro apps with C++/CX including modeling the UI with XAML. In this post I will talk a bit about three favorite features that I noticed immediately after trying VS11 from Windows…

Read More Things I like about native development with C++/CX

Not long ago I ran into a COM interop problem that was a bit tricky to fix. So I’m sharing the problem and the solution here in case others encounter the same problem. I had this native in-proc COM server that initially was built only for x86. It was used in a native MFC application…

Read More Accessing 64-bit Native COM Server From a Managed Client

Many of you have requested an update of the game, with new elements and challenges. After lot of time in coordinating the translations, the latest update is finally ready, with the exception of the German translation which is not available for the new elements (if anyone interested in helping there, please drop a comment). Alchemy…

Read More Alchemy 2.1 – 500 Elements And New Languages

Windows Runtime, or shortly WinRT, is a new runtime (siting on top of the Windows kernel) that allows developers to write Metro style applications for Windows 8, using a variety of languages including C/C++, C#, VB.NET or JavaScript/HTML5. Microsoft has started rolling out information about Windows 8 and the new runtime at BUILD. WinRT is…

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Earlier this year I published a series of articles on Codeguru about WP7 Silverlight development. Later on I have remastered them a bit and merged them together with a couple of articles by Vipul Patel into a small eBook that was published on internet.com, called Windows Phone 7 Quick Start Developer Guide. There is also…

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I recently ran across a bug with an application ported to the x64 platform. After debugging the application the error turned to be due to integrals layout and casting. I think this is a typical example worth mentioning. It starts with this definition:

which is used for a combo box with SetItemData:

Notice…

Read More Typical error porting application from 32- to 64-bit

Version 2.0.3 of Alchemy (released today) is available in 14 languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Spanish. According to Wikipedia this sums up to 1.1 – 1.4 billion native speakers. Here is a map with the countries where at least one of these languages is a…

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