SideShow Gadgets for Windows Vista are cool. Writing your own is even better. Find out how it's done.
MSDN Magazine January 2007
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A Sidebar gadget is a powerful little too that's surprisingly easy to create. Get in on the fun with Donavon West.
MSDN Magazine August 2007
The next version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, code-named "Longhorn," marks a significant change not only in terms of how the operating system works, but also in the way in which applications are built. The Longhorn version of Windows includes a new storage system, natural search technology, and an increased emphasis on security and trustworthy computing. Here the author provides an overview of Longhorn, focusing on the build-once, deploy n-times application model. In addition, he discusses the new language, code-named "XAML," that's used to create UI elements, then presents some working samples.
MSDN Magazine January 2004
Smartphone applications promise to be at the crest of a new wave of cell phone advances as the familiar process of using Microsoft dev tools can produce cutting-edge mobile phone applications. Because Smartphones are Windows-powered devices, developers can easily and inexpensively extend both new and time-tested business applications to mobile users. These applications will possess the necessary levels of enterprise functionality while integrating mobile phone features through the use of several easy to use APIs. This article looks at the basics of building a real-world business application for the Smartphone.
MSDN Magazine March 2003
Windows services are applications that run outside of any particular user context in Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP. The creation of services used to require expert coding skills and generally required C or C++. Visual Studio .NET now makes it easy for you to create a Windows service, whether you're writing code in C++, C#, or Visual Basic. You can also write a Windows service in any other language that targets the common language runtime. This article walks you through the creation of a useful Windows service, then demonstrates how to install, test, and debug the service.
MSDN Magazine December 2001
Handheld devices are becoming increasingly important nodes on wireless networks, allowing their users to connect to data stores and other central server applications over the network. But wireless network connections can be unreliable, requiring the use of store-and-forward messaging that does not need to maintain a continuous connection. Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) has supplied these features to desktop machines, and there is now a version for handheld devices. MSMQ for Windows CE allows users of embedded devices to perform tasks such as remote order processing and inventory update without worrying about the state of their connection. The benefits of MSMQ for Windows CE and how to install and run the service is covered here.
The last few years have seen dramatic growth in digital multimedia content and an increasing number of devices generating such content. Accordingly, the Autoplay feature of Microsoft Windows has been enhanced to handle these scenarios. This article presents samples that use the new features and provides advice on how to take advantage of these additions. The topics covered include Autoplay support for audio CDs and for DVD movies, the Autoplay registration process, event handlers, and how your software can cancel Autoplay when you don't want certain files interrupted. The download includes tools for diagnosing problems and to help the reader understand the shell hardware detection service processing of hardware events.
Stephane St-Michel and Brian Aust
MSDN Magazine November 2001
To write GUI applications for Microsoft .NET you'll use Windows Forms. Windows Forms are a new style of application built around classes in the .NET Framework class library's System.WinForms namespace. They have a programming model all their own that is cleaner, more robust, and more consistent than models based on the Win32 API or MFC, and they run in the managed environment of the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR). This article details what Windows Forms are all about, from the programming model to Microsoft Intermediate Language and the JIT compiler. Two applications using forms, event handlers, anchors and persistence are built step by step.
MSDN Magazine February 2001
Hi has anyone done anything like this?
My Library workflow is writing to an External List (MS SQL backended). If an exception is thrown in MSSQL (Stored Procedure, Trigger, etc) I would like to create a mechanism for writing something back to my Library besides the workflow column saying
I could create a text field to provide some error feedback, anybody ever did something like this?
Hi, I have a weird problem.
I can start sql server just fine with services.
But i cannot start sql server with cluster admin utility, nor can i start sql server using command line.
ANd there is no errorlog produced when i tried.
What could be the problem? below is the cut from the cluster.log file
Windows Phone 7 has shipped, and now it's your turn to start developing apps for it. We'll introduce you to the Windows Phone Developer Tools and walk you through the creation of a Windows Phone application that accesses a web service.
MSDN Magazine October 2010
Continuing to work on his Debugger Engine extension, Andrew Richards shows you how to avoid all the dangerous traps you might find as you enhance the tool's output.
MSDN Magazine May 2011