# Saturday, 24 March 2007

Oh yes! I have been waiting for the marshaling library for ages! And I just pointed to a VC++ team post about the common controls changes for MFC. Here's the marshaling library in a nutshell:

Back and forth between all the different kinds of strings, various managed and unmanaged types, all the stuff about where things are allocated and how they are freed ... it's usually just 4 or 5 lines of code each time but it's gross and you have to look it up every time. Now these templates will take care of it for you. Beautiful! And on top of that, it's sometimes even faster than doing it yourself the old way!

And check this out, all those who are allergic to angle brackets:

Watch the whole video, of course. Go, Sarita!

Kate

Saturday, 24 March 2007 11:54:14 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, 23 March 2007

Eileen Brown wants women who work in technology to answer a quick little survey about what that experience is like. I found some of the questions a bit hard to answer (I don't have a boss, for example) but I did my best. Now you try:

Here’s the link.  Please forward this to all the women you know and support 2 deserving charities...   http://tinyurl.com/22bbax

Kate

Friday, 23 March 2007 11:45:50 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Thursday, 22 March 2007

The Visual C++ team has an update for you about their Orcas plans around MFC and the Common Controls in Vista. There are a lot of new APIs in Vista compared to XP, but just as important there are new styles (like the style that makes a button a CommandLink) and messages (like the message to a button that tells it to draw itself with a security shield.) Right now to work with these new "thingies" (my technical term for them) you need to send Windows messages. In Orcas there will be design time support for all this and more. Even the new Common File Dialogs will be yours as if by magic.

Looking forward to it!

Kate

 

Thursday, 22 March 2007 11:41:17 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 21 March 2007

I have such a good time when I do .NET Rocks with Carl and Richard! I'm sitting around chatting with my buds, doing a little shop talk, sharing horror stories -- the time flies by. I hope one or two of you enjoy listening to it, too. Some things I heard myself say that sound pretty funny now:

  • you're out of feet, i'm taking over
  • it's the speed of light -- we're screwed

That first one is the CLR talking to people who messed up constantly on memory management. The second is of course the concurrency story. Along the way we talked about Vista (a lot) and covered plenty of ground. Why not give it a listen?

Kate

 

C++ | Concurrency | RD | Speaking | Vista
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 11:39:22 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Kathy Sierra has some characterizations of applications we'll all recognize. There's the one who knows how you like things, the one who bosses you around, the one you are barely putting up with till something better comes along .... and be sure and read the comments where a few more archetypes appear.

Kate

Tuesday, 20 March 2007 11:24:41 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Saturday, 17 March 2007

It's a strange thing about debugging under Vista that the one thing you really don't want to do is press F5. It's rather a long story as to why, but it's a good habit to go and find your executable and double-click it. And if you develop that habit, you may find that getting Visual Studio to build you a release or a debug version is not that simple. (Pressing F5 builds a debug version, and Ctrl-F5 builds a release version, before launching the application.) For many people, the dropdown that shows what configuration you're building has disappeared from the toolbar where it belongs. And even if you're brave enough to wade into the Customize dialog and put it back, it's disabled:

To get things back the way they once were, bring up Tools, Options, and go to the General section under Projects and Solutions. Find "Show advanced build configurations" and check it.

Presto! Debug is back!

Not what I'd call discoverable, so spread the word.

Kate

Saturday, 17 March 2007 11:04:55 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [2]
# Friday, 16 March 2007

It's interesting when we measure new things using old rules. A number of people have observed that Vista machines doing nothing seem to be using a lot of memory to achieve that nothingness. Words like "bloat" get bandied around. Empty memory is seen as more virtuous than filled memory. I'm not going to link to all the "Vista is using all my memory it sucks" complaints. Instead, I'm going to point you to Jeff Atwood, who explains the whole thing quite nicely and concludes:

The question shouldn't be "Why does Vista use all my memory?", but "Why the heck did previous versions of Windows use my memory so ineffectively?"

Good point.

Kate

Friday, 16 March 2007 10:52:55 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Thursday, 15 March 2007

Recently I ordered a DVD of The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes from the National Film Board of Canada. Now don't get me wrong, the place is a national treasure, and I'm delighted to be able to buy films I fondly remember from my childhood. I also trust them with my credit card number. But this privacy "reassurance" didn't really reassure me:

A quick IM conversation with someone who speaks far better French than me told me that this makes way more sense in French, but serves as a tremendous example of why machine translation can only take you so far. Trust me, my "experiment Internet" is already sedentary enough.

Kate

Thursday, 15 March 2007 10:42:03 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]