# Friday, 30 March 2007

About six months ago, I posted a few UAC screen shots and compared the text on them, the icons (the four colour shield vs a shield with a big exclamation mark) and the colours of the area where the title appears. Now Raymond Chen summarizes those four colours for people who have trouble remembering them.

The more you understand what UAC is saying, the less frustrating you will find it.

Kate

Friday, 30 March 2007 12:09:45 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Thursday, 29 March 2007

Nikola Dudar has posted his talk and demos from the MVP Summit and SD West. If you would like to put the STL/CLR through its paces this is a great starting point.

Kate

Thursday, 29 March 2007 12:03:37 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Apparently your project hash table can get corrupted, and if this happens to you, during a build you will go to 100% CPU and Visual Studio will stop responding. Yuck! There's a hotfix if you need it.

Kate

Wednesday, 28 March 2007 11:59:43 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0]
# 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]