Questions involving programming on Microsoft Windows technology, including its API.

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Why most use Cygwin and not Uwin?

Most academic researchers I know target just *nix, and rely on Cygwin to make their applications available on Windows. I have tried many of these projects and always found them too unstable for ...
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Does Microsoft have a free version of Visual Studio? [closed]

Not a trial, but a truly free version that they offer users to download.... I was wondering in case I somehow missed the option on their website. Any version of Visual Studio will do. If not, are ...
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Should a programmer use the default environment?

I see a lot of programmers (and, generally, tech people) using the old "Classic theme" in Windows instead of Aero (or Luna in Windows XP) for reasons like "it is faster" or "I don't want eye-candy". ...
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How to make .exe file from html5 css application? [closed]

I would like to make windows desktop application using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. I am trying tidesdk XULRunner appjs I read the documentations of these technologies. But I didn't see how to ...
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Ruby manager for Windows: Is Ruby's PIK alive or dying?

At first, please forgive probably offtopic and/or notconstructive question, but I truly have no idea where to ask it. At first I targetted StackOverflow there's at least some PIK-related traffic ...
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Technology for C#, Windows, 2D game development? [closed]

I need a nudge in the right direction from someone more experienced in windows game development. I want to write simple C# 2D windows game for fun (think something like old Sim City or Civilization). ...
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WAN Connectivity between multiple MS ACCESS DB

I have a client that asked me to develop his Windows Application and use MS Access instead of SQL database. I did and now he asked me that he deployed the Application through several of his offices. ...
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Is it possible to create a 2d game for both linux and windows with next to no changes?

I'm starting a project with friends which would preferably reach both audiences of windows and linux. The only problem is that none of us have any experience of linux porting or linux coding any way. ...
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What are the practical uses of Windows Services?

I am new to working with Windows Services. Although I have learnt to create Windows Services in VS2010 I would like to know some practical ways in which windows services could be used? I tried ...
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C++ on Windows vs Linux - common issues? [closed]

So far all my development in C++ has been targeted to Windows, however I have always had it in the back of my mind that I will someday be targeting Linux. I am aware therefore of the need to select ...
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Most flexible UI Framework for Windows endpoint?

I am tasked with designing and implementing a flexible UI solution for deployment across a series of "kiosk"-ed Windows endpoints. There is some debate about what is the considered to be the best ...
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Why can't Windows services have a GUI?

I was using this feature in earlier Windows release like XP and NT. I was able to run a GUI from a Windows service. But it is not possible in the later versions. What is the reason behind the removal ...
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Benefit of C++ to System Administrators [closed]

What benefit could C++ bring to system administrators? I am working on Windows and Ubuntu. If I learn C++, where could I implement it in system administration, Please specify some of its benefits.
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Why was support for Windows XP dropped in PHP 5.5? [closed]

In the release notes for PHP 5.5.0 it's announced that Windows XP and Windows 2003 are not supported anymore: Drop Windows XP and 2003 support. (Pierre) Why is this? Many people in different ...
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What are some books that explain low level stuff like com interfaces, dll injection etc? [closed]

What are some books that explain low level stuff like com interfaces, dll injection etc? Basically low level windows programming. Searching on amazon gives me hacking books/10+ year old books which is ...
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How to better integrate a unix development environment into Windows [closed]

I'm mostly a Windows user but I do most of my development (essentially web development) using unix tools and software. I've been going back and forth between using a dedicated lubuntu virtual machine ...
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Why do Windows commands allow `-` and `/` switches? [closed]

> shutdown /? > Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e | /o] [/hybrid] [/f] The windows cmd.exe command shutdown only documents forward slash / switches, but it accepts ...
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Is there an established convention for separating Windows file names in a string?

I have a function which needs to output a string containing a list of file paths. I can choose the separation character but I cannot change the data type (e.g. I cannot return a List<string> or ...
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Are there any good python libraries for programming GUI's on MAC and Windows? [closed]

Need a a toolset / framework that I can use to build GUI apps on both Mac and Windows, without too much stuffing around. Any obvious candidates?
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Design patterns to manage multiple windows/screens?

Supposed there is an application with multiple windows, like: Logo splashscreen Connecting... screen Login-usercontrols screen Logging in... screen etc. Is there a design pattern, which allows to ...
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What's the simplest way to provide a portable, locally running webservice server application?

We have a large website running that offers a JsonRpc web service. For offline demonstration purposes, I want to realize a portable, locally running webserver with a minimalistic feature replication ...
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Function calls to calls in windows api

I am a beginner programmer who is learning C. I find it hard to grasp the whole programming concept, thus I have questions. When programming in Windows, how does Windows communicate with the programs ...
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Difference between Windows and Linux development environments? [closed]

I have an interview coming up soon for a Business Analyst position and the recruiter mentioned some feedback from a prior candidate that was interviewed who said the interviewers asked him what the ...
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Cover Flow license issues?

I want to implement the Cover Flow effect in my commercial application on Windows. Are there any license issues about it? Because I think it has been patented by Apple.
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WINAPI beginner guidance question

I'm learning to develop windows applications using WINAPI and plain C. Now I got a bit confused with all those handles and would like to ask if you guys could teach me some good practices to structure ...
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What role does .ini play?

I am working with a MFC application for the first time and I have lots of doubts the biggest at the moment is What is .ini file and why is it there? What exactly is the role it plays? Can some tell me ...
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Is Cygwin or Windows Command Prompt preferable for getting a consistent terminal experience for development?

The question: Which is better, installing cygwin or one of its cousins on all my windows machines to have a consistent terminal experience across all my development machines, or becoming well trained ...
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What should developers know about Windows executable binary file compression?

I'd never heard of this before, so shame on me, but programs like UPX can compress my files by 80% which is totally sweet, but I have no idea what the the disadvantages are in doing this. Or even ...
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Embedded Linux vs Windows Embedded Standard 7

Ok looking for some really subjective answers. My company has traditionally been a Linux shop, we manufacture and sell purpose built boxes for video security. We recently decided to build an ...
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How are new[] and malloc implemented in Windows?

So when you call malloc or new [] from your C/C++ application, how does the CRT translate it into Windows API calls?
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Public-private key pair handling on a Windows ecosystem

I've been thinking about how to architect an infrastructure for one of our business applications with the following requirement: Data written by some user can only be read by that user and his ...
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Is it possible to effectively develop PHP applications on Windows that will be deployed on servers running Linux?

Is it fine to code PHP on Windows and host it later on a server running Linux? Can there be any problems in the migration of such a project? I would think that there really can't be any problems, ...
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Why fewer IRQLs in 64-bit, even though an APIC has more interrupt lines?

As x86 computers shifted from 32-bit to 64-bit, they also shifted from using 8259-style Programmable Interrupt Controllers with 8 interrupt lines. (Or two multiplexed PICs for a total of 15 interrupt ...
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What is a good design strategy for retaining history of user activities and files like Visual Studio projects?

OK so I'm not so sure that "project" is the right term, but for my purposes, I define "project" as similar to what Visual Studio uses, or Microsoft word - files that the user can open and work on and ...
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The cost of running a Windows App Server

I want to know what is the cost of running a Windows Application Server. I know the cost of running a Linux server with Java based Application Server is probably zero. What is the cost of running a ...
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Multi-threaded application design

I'm currently planning a Windows service. It will be a multi-threaded application which will continuously check for database records and process them. My first thoughts were to set a number of max ...
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How do I preview my mobile web application on a Windows 7 PC?

I am developing a mobile web application that may be browsed in an iPhone. I would like to test this application, but I lack a mobile web device. How can I test this mobile application on a Windows 7 ...
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Windows Physical Direct Memory Mapping

I'm a bit disappointed there is almost no discussion of this no matter where I look so I guess I'll have to ask. I'm writing a cross platform memory bench marking application which requires direct ...
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Why did visual programming never take off and what future paradigms might change that? [closed]

As the number of "visual" OS's such as Android, iOS and the promised Windows 8 are becoming more popular, it does not seem to me that we programmers have new ways to code using these new technologies, ...
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0.00006103515625 GB of RAM. Is .NET MicroFramework part of Windows CE?

The .NET MicroFramework claims to work on 64K RAM and has list of compatible targets vendors. At the same time, same vendors who ship hardware and create Board Support Packages (vendors like Adeneo) ...
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Win32 and Win64 programming in C sources? [closed]

I'm learning OpenGL with C and that makes me include the windows.h file in my project. I'd like to look at some more specific windows functions and I wonder if you can cite some good sources for ...
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Using a DSN database connection is a bad practice?

During all my professional lifetime that I have been programming in Windows enviroments, I advised my friends and coworkers to not use a DSN database connection in their applications, based on my own ...
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How to prevent piracy on software which is sold online? [closed]

When selling software online what's the most suitable/secure way to provide activation in order to get rid of pirates copies of the software? Is there any well-known software for this purpose?
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How to implement smart card authentication with a .NET Fat client?

I know very little about smart card authentication in general so please point out or correct me if anything below doesn't make sense. Lets say i have: A Certificate Authority "X"-s smart card ...
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Where do I start in regards to making a Gnome/Unity Form Application

Ok so I am familiar with developing Form and Console applications on Windows using Visual Studio .Net with C#, but where do I start when it comes to Linux distro's like Ubuntu, is there an equivalent? ...
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INI files or Registry or personal files?

I want to save the configuration of my project which includes Screen size Screen position Folder paths Users settings and so on. The standard places where you can save these are configuration ...
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Was API hooking done as needed for Stuxnet to work? I don't think so

Caveat: I am a political science student and I have tried my level best to understand the technicalities; if I still sound naive please overlook that. In the Symantec report on Stuxnet, the authors ...
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Coding a web browser on Windows using a layout engine?

I've never attempted anything like this before but what I want to do is code a browser for Windows. I know that I can use the web-browser control that Microsoft has released, but I'm interested in ...
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Window Position on Startup

Here's a question for me that really makes me wonder every time I start designing and developing a thick-client desktop application. I'm a .NET developer, and with my forms (WinForms mostly, but the ...
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How to detect if an app was already installed before

How do software applications keep track of whether the user already installed the application before in it's Windows system? Say you install app X, trial version, remove it, then re install it, and ...