Archive for the 'Developer' Category
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
In Windows Developer Preview, Windows Classic theming mode no longer exists, and UX theming mode has been modified to include support for high contrast themes. Also, the system now stores the current visual styles so that they are always available, even when the Themes service is not running. Because of these changes, applications that target only Windows Developer Preview no longer need two separate code paths to support visual styles and high contrast themes.
It’s crazy that the old Windows 95 widget support exists under the hood of every Win OS up to Windows 7. As a developer this presents added work in insuring support, especially in projects like Mozilla, which handle common control theme rendering internally. I can’t believe it’s taken this long for MS to kill Classic off – this is great news. Good F’n riddance!
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Use RedrawWindow w/the RDW_FRAME & RDW_INVALIDATE flags and pass a region in hrgnUpdate that includes the non-client area you want to repaint. Note, hrgnUpdate must be in client coordinates, not screen coordinates. So for example if you’re invalidating the left hand frame, the x origin will be a negative number, equal to GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXFRAME).
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Little is out yet, but so far –
- it’ll be open to developers
- based on XNA, Yow!
- wireless multiplayer gaming supported
- full touchpad input
Gen 3 Gen 2 will support it and Gen 1 may well too depending on the controls used in the games.
- SDK to be released this spring
Definitely one piece of Microsoft’s Unified Gaming Network (yes, my predictions do occasionally come true). Sweet. I love the fact that they went with a Galaga type game for their first release. Classic. I wanna write a game for my Zune!
Update – I meant Gen 2, sorry, no Gen 3 detail out yet but naturally it will support it too.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
By hiding system level services from 3rd party developers Apple gifts competitive advantage to applications they author. This is something Microsoft has been criticized for in the past.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
I’ve been searching for a non-compiler assisted instrumentation based profiler that’s friendly with the mozilla codebase, and I finally found it – AQtime. The toolset within the app is quite robust, giving you the ability to target specific dlls or functions which saves tons of time during runs and makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. There’s also source integration so you don’t have to open suspect code in your development environment to see what’s going on. If you’re working with a project that’s built using Microsoft’s compiler and linker but isn’t based on a Visual Studio project (or if you couldn’t afford Team Server) AQtime is an excellent solution. It also supports cygwin apps built with GCC and .NET projects. Single licenses run about $500.00, which is pretty reasonable for a tool of this caliber. They also have a 30 day free trial so you can check it out. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
Enright’s invention shows how independent developers can have a major impact on software design. Wikipedia has a short blurb on him, and you can also check out some of his artwork, photography and shots of various Cover Flow implementations that have spun off from his original concept on his blog.
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
Writing a small block of security related code that ultimately lands on 50+ million desktops worldwide can be a bit intimidating.
Thankfully things look good right now, bugzilla shows no new bugs related to the work I did on 184.108.40.206. (PC World has a nice summary of what’s covered in the release.) Still, this was the first time I had to do something like this, and I was a bit nervous. After all, as I’m sure most developers out there know, software development is an inexact science. No matter how careful you are, how sure you are, ultimately, some system out there somewhere is bound to have an issue, or some user will find that something that worked previously now works differently, or does not work at all. (Even if the new behavior is more safe or ‘correct’, they’ll still be pissed.)
This kind of responsibility though is also why I love my job so much. : ) Here I sit, an anonymous developer in a little town in Florida called Destin, while a small chunk of code I wrote that improves user’s security slowly creeps it’s way out to millions of desktops all over the world. I am in your browser, making it more secure. Neat.
Friday, October 19th, 2007
“jimm: I’m landing lots of your patches now : )”
Come on green, hit me!
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
We’ll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System.Net, System.Security, System.Runtime, System.Text, etc), ASP.NET (System.Web), Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms), ADO.NET (System.Data), XML (System.Xml), and WPF (System.Windows). We’ll then be adding more libraries in the months ahead (including WCF, Workflow, and LINQ). The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL).
VS 2008 will include support to automatically retrieve the appropriate .NET Framework source files on demand from Microsoft.
The entire UI library for Forms and WPF. Sounds like this will inlcude all the custom .NET forms controls, including toolbars and the like. Friggin’ cool!
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
All that really needs to be said – cool fracking open source 2D Vector library! It’s interesting to note Cairo is currently used in WebKit, and will be used in as the primary renderer in Firefox 3.0. Wikipedia has more information. There’s nothing better than a simple c based rendering library that doesn’t use a ton of memory to get the job done.