Build 2013 Summary

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Microsoft Build 2013 conference is now over, so it’s time for some summaries and impressions. All the following is my personal thoughts from my viewpoint, and may not reflect the way things actually are. Last caveat – some of the information is based on the sessions I attended. Naturally, I couldn’t attend most sessions, and I may not even remember all info given in the session I attended. Still…The conference was 3 days in length. With about 14 sessions going on at the same time slot, this is too short a conference; 4 days would have been better....

My Wish List for Windows “Blue”

Friday, May 17, 2013

Many rumors are flying around at this time about the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 (code named “Blue”, which represents a wave of product updates, including Windows Phone and others). I thought I‘d state my hopes for this release, not just in terms of user features, but also from a developer’s perspective. As a developer, I spend most of my time on my trusty laptop, not some tablet based device. Naturally, the desktop world is my friend. The Windows 8 Start screen is close to perfect for tablet devices, but for the desktop – it’s practically useless. With many...

Windows 8 & Phone 8 UG August Meeting

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Last evening we had a User Group meeting in Microsoft Offices in Ra’anana, with a lot of activity and fun. Thank you all for participating!In the first part, we discussed the Windows 8 Store from various angles, end user and developer.In the second part, we discussed Windows Phone 7.x and the upcoming 8, along with other sporadic topics - C++, WinRT, DirectX, COM, XNA, XAML… it was fun! And don’t forget the giveaways!Just as a gentle reminder, out next meeting is on September 13th, where we’ll have an interesting session on “Metro” User Experience and User Interface from an...

WPF Tip: Displaying Images in different Pixel formats

Monday, January 30, 2012

If we want to show an image in WPF, we typically use an Image element and connect its Source property to some image resource within our project: <Image Source="Penguins.jpg" /> The Source property is not a string, it’s an ImageSource – an abstract type with several concrete implementations that provide a “real” image source. The above markup works thanks to the help of a type converter, that makes the source a BitmapImage – one of the simplest sources, that presents the image as is. What if we wanted to show the...

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta: What’s new in MFC?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The recently released Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta brings many enhancements and bug fixes found since the product’s launch, most of them in the managed world. However, there are new enhancements to the good(?) old MFC, namely wrapping of some of the Direct2D interfaces. Direct2D is a new layer in the DirectX world, sitting on top of Direct3D, providing high performance and flexible 2D graphics. It was introduced with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, but it’s also possible to install it on Windows Vista. What’s wrong with Direct3D? Nothing, but doing 2D graphics is difficult using the...

DirectCompute on Channel 9

Sunday, June 20, 2010

DirectCompute is a new API introduced in DirectX 11, that allows more general-purpose code to run on the GPU (not just graphic rendering). Channel 9 has started a lecture series on DirectCompute. Currently two lectures are available, and the other five lectures, will be available on the 21, 25, 28 (June), 1, 5 (July). The first introductory lecture can be viewed here. The second lecture is here. Check it out!