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...

WPF For WinForms (and MFC) Developers, Part 1

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WPF has been around for more than 4 years now (since the release of Windows Vista), but only in the last couple of years there is increased move from Windows Forms to WPF. However, the transition is anything but easy. This is not just because WPF is relatively new, or because people are people, and as such don’t like change for the sake of change. I mean, WinForms is ok, isn’t it? MFC may be old, but it works, doesn’t it? The term User Interface (UI) has served us for years. In recent years, this just isn’t enough....

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...

Windows Platform Developers User Group meeting

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

This evening was a WPDUG meeting on CLR hosting and CLR profiling. Thank you all for coming! It was a pleasure to see so many of you there. My session was on CLR hosting, using the new CLR 4 hosting API. This is done using native code (C++) that uses COM for communication between the CLR and the host, both ways. I showed how to enumerate the installed runtimes, how to load a specific CLR (a new feature of CLR 4 – the ability to host multiple CLRs in a single process), how to create an application domain...

The Return of the Class Wizard

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Visual C++ 6 aficionados remember (fondly) the Class Wizard, most useful in MFC applications. The Class Wizard has gone away in later version of Visual Studio (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008), but is now making a smashing return in Visual Studio 2010 (Project menu –> Class Wizard or Ctrl+Shift+X). This has the familiar options (relative to VC++ 6), such as adding/removing message handlers, command and update command handlers, creating new classes, member variables, etc. There are new options, such as creating custom message handlers and the ability to search. In my experience, many developers back...
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Update to my Virtual Memory Map Viewer

Monday, June 1, 2009

I’ve uploaded an updated version of my Virtual Memory Map Viewer on CodePlex. This version has both 32 bit and a 64 bit executables, allowing viewing of 64 bit processes (as well as 32 bit). Quite interesting to see those large address spaces… You can download the latest from CodePlex.
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Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack Released

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

  לחובבי MFC ואחרים שמעדיפים לבנות UI עם Native C++... תוך כדי TechEd הוציאה Microsoft את ה-VC++2008 Feature Pack בגרסת ה-release. גרסה זו כוללת הרחבה לספריית MFC הותיקה, עם תוספות משמעותיות לבנייה של UI בסגנון Office 2007 ו-Visual Studio, כלומר docking panes, ribbon ועוד. הנה הלינק להורדה. חבל שנושאים כאלה כבר לא נמצאים בכנסים כמו טקאד.  

MFC לכל אוהבי

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

ללא ספק עם כניסת ה-.NET לחיי הפיתוח, נזנחו במידה מסוימת לפחות טכנולוגיות Native, כגון MFC. MFC לא התקדם כמעט בכלום מאז גרסה 6 (שהגיעה עם Visual C++ 6). בגרסה החדשה ביותר (9) זו שמגיעה עם Visual Studio 2008 לא שונו דברים משמעותיים. הדבר העיקרי שהשתפר הוא התמיכה ל Look & Feel של ויסטה (למשל CFileDialog מציג את הגרסה החדשה של ויסטה ולא הגרסה הישנה). כל מי שרצה לעשות דברים יותר מודרניים עם ה-UI נאלץ לכתוב הרבה קוד בעצמו, או לקנות חבילה כזו או אחרת שמרחיבה את MFC (או משתמשת ב-ActiveX Controls). בשורות טובות הגיעו מכיוון רדמונד. MFC הולך לעבור שדרוג רציני, כולל תמיכה באלמנטי UI מודרניים, כגון ה-Ribbon של...
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