CrashFinder 2.8 – Yes, Native Code Still LIVES!

While .NET gets all the press, love and attention, hard core C++ native development still pays the bills for many of us. As it’s just a few days before the mass geekfest which will be all about everything .NET I thought it was time to release a new CrashFinder! Grab the latest version here with…

Cool Silverlight Trick #2

A while back I blogged about a technique for allowing two Silverlight control instances to communicate. It involved having one of the controls call out from C# into a simple JavaScript bridge, and then having the bridge call into the other control by calling from JavaScript into C#. It was a practical use for the…

Cool Silverlight Trick #1

I’ve been working crazy hours updating my Silverlight course for version 2 and expanding it with lots of new material. With the PDC coming up in less than a week, I’ve also been working on some cool tips and tricks demonstrating some of the lesser-known but potentially useful features of Silverlight 2. Each day leading up to the…

The Saddest Demo Ever

I wanted to build a demo for the Silverlight precon at the PDC showing off Silverlight 2’s support for duplex WCF services. I considered various themes for the demo, including stock tickers, sports scores, and weather data. But what I ultimately decided on is an unflattering statement about the state of our country: a national…

It’s Silverlight Day!

As you’re probably aware by now, Silverlight 2 shipped last night. Scott Guthrie has an excellent summary of the details as well as the links you need to download the run-time and tools. He also spiced up the news with a few surprises: The Silverlight Toolkit, which will add lots of new controls to Silverlight and come…

Enigma to Debut at the PDC

I’ve been away from the blog for a while enduring several straight weeks of travel, two of them overseas. Now I’m back home readying for the PDC by porting Silverlight samples to RC0 and writing new ones. If you’re coming to the PDC, I would love to see you at the Silverlight precon. We’re going…

NetMassDownloader 1.5 Has Complete Support for VS 2008 SP1

Now that the .NET Reference Source Code for .NET 3.5 SP1 has made it up to Microsoft’s servers, Kerem Kusmezer and I updated NetMassDownloader to support populating your symbol server cache directory with all the source code and symbols. Microsoft did some tweaks to the debugger with SP1 and the symbols are expected to be…

All Roads Lead to Silverlight 2

It may be the dog days of summer, but things are hopping here at Wintellect. We just finished another successful Devscovery Redmond, where attendees soaked in lots of Silverlight love and also made a run on the Microsoft company store. If you’ve never attended a Devscovery in Redmond, it’s worth the price of admission just…

AsyncEnumerator and SynchronizationContext

I am presenting at Wintellect’s Devscovery conference this week. At this conference, the attendees are able to set up 1-on-1 sessions with any of the speakers. One attendees wanted to ask me some questions about my Power Threading’s AsyncEnumerator class. They were using this class in a Windows Form project of theirs and I thought…

Random Thoughts on Visual Studio 2008 SP1

As the world knows, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is out so start your download engines. I’ve installed it on one machine so far and I thought I’d mention a few things I found interesting. The install took exactly an hour for me and was far better than the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 torture. After the…