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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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If I were to start doing a GUI how do I decide on what platform to use? [closed]

I hear about WPF, Silverlight but then there is also windows RT, metro stuff, windows 8 and so on at the moment - I'm having a hard time nailing what to bet on. How do I, at a given point in time, ...
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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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Ubuntu, OpenSuse, the world of linux for a web-developer

I'm learning web development. My main OS is windows 7 but I've used Linux and currently dual-booting with Ubuntu. My Linux knowledge however, is pretty limited. I can work with the command line on ...
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Best solution to run a Linux sandbox on my Windows machine? [closed]

I'd like to develop some node.js on my windows machine by using a virtual linux server that runs as a program and that I would access through ssh. I'd like this virtual linux instance to access the ...
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Windows OS design decisions [closed]

I've seen an interview with Richard Stallman some time ago, and he was asked a question about security and Windows OS which he answered saying that there are some relatively bad design decisions that ...
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How Would I Start With Prolog? [closed]

If I wanted to start learning Prolog on Windows, is there any package that would integrate Prolog into Visual Studio 2010? That is, a compiler and templates and so forth for working with Prolog on ...
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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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Porting Software [closed]

I would like to know what would be needed to study and understand in terms of computing platforms and OS (Linux, Mac OS X and Windows) to become a software porting engineer.
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How do large-scale applications handle GUI creation?

I'm interested in developing GUI-based Windows applications in C++, but I'm not sure how it's done in professional or large-scale settings. It seems it would take a lot of development time to describe ...
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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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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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At what point should I have my Windows developers upgrade to the latest release of Windows?

At what point should I begin upgrading our developer's machines to a later Windows release? From experience, Microsoft typically has an epic fail about every other O.S. (I am really not trying to ...
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Windows GUIs: How Long Will 'Deprecated' APIs Last? [closed]

Note I said 'deprecated' and not 'abstracted'. Back in the days of the MFC, the WinAPI wasn't deprecated because, from what I've read, the MFC merely abstracted the WinAPI. There's a difference, for a ...
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Linux Programmer moving to Windows [closed]

I am a fairly proficient Linux programmer. I have been coding in Linux for 4 years, for both personal reasons and for profit. During those 4 years I have not even owned a computer running the ...
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Programmers clipboard monitor under Windows [closed]

In the process of adapting a "put on clipboard"-solution to new behavior I have found that I need a good programmers clipboard monitor for Windows. I do not need to have a history of items on the ...
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Computation Program Not Running at 100% CPU Utilization

I have a program which has a GUI and performs some very heavy mathematical computations for a couple of minutes and then outputs a result. When I try to directly interface it through its DLL's, it ...
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Why exclusively UNIX is taught at universities' operating systems courses? [closed]

I'm not sure this question can be asked here, but nevertheless. Almost each operating systems or systems programming course is taught using UNIX only. I wonder what are the reasons for this? Why ...
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Visual Studio c++ Windows forms?

I've been slacking off with learning how to program because I'm at my wits end trying to figure out the next step. I want to be able to create forms applications just to test random things and give ...
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What are my options for selling software independently on Windows?

I am looking to port a tool from the Mac app store over to Windows, the platform where I spend most of my time these days. I've spoken with the author of the original app and we've begun talking about ...
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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 big a problem is Qt's cross-platform GUI? [closed]

I read something on this site saying that Qt's GUI being a big problem that stop programmers from using Qt. They say the problem is that the GUI don't look native, and they are inconsistent. I ...
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Where do other programming languages fit in Windows 8 development model?

Today, Windows applications can be developed in numerous languages and frameworks. But in the upcoming Windows 8, with the introduction of WinRT, the development model is going change at a large ...
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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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Is Windows a “second class citizen” in the Django community?

I'm currently doing R&D for a web application which we plan to host ourselves initially and then allow customers to self host. My task has been evaluating web frameworks to see which would give ...
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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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What scripting language to use for large file transfers on windows xp client machines

I'm a java developer that is tasked with creating some scripts that will handle large xml document file transfers by hitting some web service api's from windows xp client machines. There may be other ...
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How to keep .Net assemblies relevant through high-flux period

How much do you, as .Net developers, consider the changes between Windows XP, 7, & 8 when choosing your development environment and libraries? We are nearing the end of Windows XP; Windows 7 is ...
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What were the reasons why Windows never had a decent shell? [closed]

I was reading a topic on SO: Why are scripting languages (e.g. ...) not suitable as shell languages?. Especially I liked the answer by Jörg W Mittag, from which I learned interesting things about ...
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What's new in Windows 8 for desktop apps? [closed]

I see all kinds of demonstrations about Build of the new features in Windows 8 for Metro apps, but not much for Desktop applications. Is there anything new for desktop-style apps; or has nothing ...
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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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Reason behind multi-line declaration style?

I'm a little curious about the reason behind the Windows header file declaration styles. When I read them, I see multi-line declarations such as the following: WINBASEAPI HANDLE WINAPI GetStdHandle( ...
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Easiest language for simple Windows applications for novice Windows programmer? [closed]

Expertise: 11 years PHP programming I'd like to get into simple Windows programming for a kiosk project. What language should I choose? My criteria: easy to learn, "higher"-level language (e.g. ...
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What are the consequences of still sticking with Windows XP despite there are Windows Vista, 7 and very soon 8? [closed]

From a .Net programmer perspective, what are the consequences of still sticking with Windows XP despite there are Windows Vista, 7 and very soon 8? How does having windows XP limit programmers ...
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What should I be using to store data in a legacy web development project? [closed]

I'm currently working on a project that uses a Webserver running in Windows CE 6.0. Since this server only supports classic ASP (i.e, no PHP, ASP.NET, etc.)/ I plan to use XML as the database. Is ...
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What are “Metro apps”?

While it is relatively new now (2011/09/15), are there any resources for explanations of Metro applications for Windows8? I've not seen anything at the moment that summarises an "elevator pitch" for ...
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Will Metro-style Apps replace Desktop Apps? [closed]

Microsoft Windows8 supports new Metro-style apps, and Metro apps don't use Win32; they run on WinRT. I wonder if the Metro-style Apps was invented for only tablets. Does Microsoft hope that ...
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Where to find resources to write a program like sandboxie?

Sandboxie is a program that will let you read from the hard drive, but when you try to write back it will redirect the file to a separate container. I would like to learn how to do something similar. ...
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What is the best way to maintain software tool chains?

Short Question What is the best way to create, maintain, and distribute software development tool chains? Background I am trying to develop a workflow / process to create an isolated environment in ...
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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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How can I configure my programming environment to enable rapid switching between projects?

It often happens that I develop multiple different projects at once, so I need a solution to switch from one environment to another. I have created batch files to do the job but as this thing grows, ...
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Where can I find windows via c/c++ video training?

There are plenty of windows programming online-video courses but most of them is about .net programming. But many task cannot be accomplished by .net such as API Hook. I think to be a windows ...
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Switching to Windows Identity Foundation - Should we use the SQL Server role and membership provider?

We have an application which uses SQL Server as the back end. It was client server based, now it will be web based. Our implementation to logon was a user ID and password hash/salt stored in the ...
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MonoTouch/MonoDroid + C# = trustable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: MonoTouch vs Objective-C for iPhone/iPod/iPad development As a C# developer, would you learn Java to develop for Android or use MonoDroid instead? I'm very curious ...
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Unit Testing For Different Environments

How does one do unit testing for multiple environments that behave differently? Here is my problem. I have a PHP class for which I'd like to create unit tests. The class provides shortcuts for ...
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Can I use Linux/Mono instead of Windows/Visual Studio without any problem?

I have more than 6 years of experience with .Net (C#/ASP.NET) and Visual Studio. But recently I'm tempted to switch to Linux/Mono. It comes up with some questions: Can I run my old Visual Studio ...
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Best starting point for writing small desktop programs for Windows? [duplicate]

I know how to program for Unix, Mac, and iOS, but I have no clue when it comes to Windows. Now I have a specific project that requires building a Windows version of a Mac OS X desktop app. But I have ...