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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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Program Loaders in Linux and Windows

I was wondering what the loaders in Linux and Windows are called, i.e., their command names? Loaders' definitions are In computing, a loader is the part of an operating system that is ...
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Which tools to use for Embedded Linux C++ development with a fast compiler and possibly cross platform [closed]

I'm not happy with our build environment for our Linux based (Ubuntu 10.04) equipment. It is embedded software we are developing. What I would like is to have the optimal mix of these wishes: Use ...
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Is Linux a neccessity for learning network?

I'm a web developer interested in learning network. I work on Windows platform. Many of my friends and colleagures believe that to learn netwrok, I should become familiar with Linux platform. Should ...
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How to get started with Github (for me)? [closed]

I registered myself in github a few days ago. Mainly for starting projects to share some of my ideas with others as well as get the source available from anywhere. This is my first open-contribution ...
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Are RAD tools worth the trouble?

I have used RAD tools for windows and web development for many years (primarily Infragistics). I invariably find myself in some situation where I have a very difficult time figuring out what is going ...
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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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Can Hadoop be made production-stable on a Windows platform? [closed]

Is anybody using Hadoop on Windows (Win32 or Win64) in production for serious work? If you've tried it and rejected this combination can you give your (top) reasons? If you managed to make it ...
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Can Powershell do anything that Iron Ruby can't?

I am torn between learning myself some Powershell or just leveraging my existing Ruby knowledge for the various Windows scripting things that I do from time to time. Powershell does look incredibly ...
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Programming language for simple program?

I am wondering about which programming languages people see fit to create a program idea that I had. I am looking to create a fairly simple program whose main functions are adding to, managing, and ...
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Webcam software for both Windows and Linux – possible? [closed]

my visually impaired sister uses a webcam with DIY stand as a digital magnifier to read printed texts. We wanted to initiate a project to create a software - in fact only a modified webcam viewer ...
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iPhone vs Windows Phone development

I am a computer science student working on some mobile games. However, I am completely torn and keep going back and forth deciding whether to learn Windows Phone or iPhone development. I love ...
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Doing 'more' with C on Windows than very simple programs?

I'm currently learning C via 'C Primer Plus' as recommended by a lot of people here and I'm finding it very interesting - the in-depth explanations of how and why we do certain things in C are great ...
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How complete and mature is PyWin32? [closed]

I am considering utilizing Python for creating an application. The purpose of this application is solely to interact with the Windows API. My question, therefore, is: Is PyWin32 mature and complete ...
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Distribution Licensing for Windows XP Junction tool

My application needs to create a directory symbolic link in Windows XP to get around the file path length limitation of ~256 characters. Windows XP does not have this functionality built-in. I had ...
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How can a Mac or Unix owner fix/develop webpages for IE6/IE7?

I work on Debian and before Debian I was on Ubuntu. In my previous job, we simply ignored IE6, but at my present job a page must work flawlessly for IE6 onwards. The one wayout for me is to set up a ...
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Mac Dev Team, suggestions for an remote windows testing environment?

Alright, so my situation is as follows: 1 Front End Developer 2 Back End Developers 1 QA Tester We all currently have Virtual Machines, or Second PC's set up with our windows environments to test. ...
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Grateful for opinions on Language and Framework for my Windows Application

I have read some related questions on this site, including: What language should I seek to learn if I would like to develop for Windows and How to start programming in Windows but feel that my ...
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Packaging F#/C# Application

There is a .NET application built using F# (the core part, as a DLL) and C# (the GUI part, using WPF). What is the best way to package it and to make an installer package and what are the most ...
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Changing OS parameters from Java source code

Can I design my program so that it will automatically change OS's hotkeys parameters? I mean, when installing a program, it will set the hotkey of OS so that if you press them, the program itself ...
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Are there any tools for testing drag & drop Windows desktop applications?

I need to develop a Windows desktop application (win32 API) which will use drag & drop extensively in many formats, including my own. I need to test it, for example, with CF_TEXT dragging, CF_RTF, ...
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Why don't software vendors use existing scheduling facilities for automatic upgrades?

It is common for software vendors to offer automatic updates. The research and installation of these updates can be done at application startup through a service or process in the background (which ...
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What is the best way to store files when using winforms and web?

I have to develop an application (in C#) that has to work with files. The application consists of two versions: a web version and a windows version. Therefore, the files must be stored on a place ...
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BizSpark and SQL Server already present. Can and should we move to OSS?

I am starting a new role running engineering in a young startup. The stuff they have is in SQL Server / Windows. I get the feeling we should think about moving to an OSS architecture, main reasons ...
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benchmarks for quasi real-time software

I'm wondering if there is any benchmarks which can help to understand real-time characteristics (response time) of non-real-time software. For instance C# application on Windows or MSSQL Server. I ...
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Working with windows Functions for Recovering Shift+Delete files

I am making software for recovering Shift+Delete files from Windows. I know when files are deleted only links to them are cut off by Windows but the actual file remains there at the same place, so ...
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What language should I seek to learn if I would like to develop for Windows?

What language should I seek to learn if I would like to develop for Windows? Not command-line stuff (obviously, I guess) but with Windows Forms and such? I've used C before (when working with ...
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Does MS Visual Studio 2010 contain icons for source files?

I'm just wondering because the .js (JavaScript source files) on my computer have an icon from Windows Scripting Host which looks so Windows 95. I tried to look into devenv.exe but there aren't any ...