Tip: Accessing Binary Resources in Portable Class Library

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) provide a nice way to share code by allowing the library to be referenced from a number of different types of projects. As I’ve blogged before, when targeting Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 the common surface for the PCL grows significantly and even allows sharing of XAML and other UI-related types. However, when targeting more frameworks such as the desktop .NET, the common surface drops significantly. One of the things we may want to do is to add some binary resource (image, XML file, etc.) and process it as part of the PCL. This...
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Test Signing Drivers on Windows 8.x

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I’ve been on a driver streak lately, maybe because I’m completing my third “Windows Internals” course on PluralSight. (if you’re a .NET developer, then you may want to skip this post… ) The last two modules of that course (should be published in a week or two if all goes well) deal with writing a software driver, meaning a driver that exists for the sole purpose of executing code in the all-powerful kernel mode. One of the requirements of a driver for a 64 bit Windows system is to be signed – otherwise it would fail installation. This means...
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