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

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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 I?...
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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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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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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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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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What language should I seek to learn if I would like to develop for Windows? [closed]

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 Rockbox),...
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Why does every installer on Windows have to be run with elevated privileges?

The current tendency to ship even the smallest applications (like simple games, tools, etc.) as a Windows Installer (.msi) or even with .exe that can do virtually anything is very annoying. After the ...
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Need pointers on my first Windows program [duplicate]

I'm a Unix programmer and I need to write a (hopefully simple) program for Windows that does the following: (1) Installs from a USB drive (2) Somehow integrates with the OS at a low-level in such a ...
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Why do game developers prefer Windows?

Is it that DirectX is easier or better than OpenGL, even if OpenGL is cross-platform? Why do we not see real powerful games for Linux like there are for Windows?
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Converting our Windows Software to the web [closed]

We're looking at converting a software package from Windows over to the browser. It's a back office system consisting of Ledgers, Stock Control, Order Processing, etc and it's written in a legacy ...
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Windows Hibernate API [closed]

Is it possible to programmatically trigger the Windows's Hibernate without actually Hibernating, just to take snapshot of the OS at regular intervals? So that the system can return to the previously ...
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Origin of wParam and lParam

Given a standard windows procedure function: LRESULT CALLBACK WindowProc(HWND hwnd, UINT uMsg, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam); Where do the names wParam and lParam come from and what the history ...
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What's better than outputdebugstring for windows debugging?

So, before I came to my current place of employment, the windows OutputDebugString function was completely unheard of, everyone was adding debug messages to string lists and saving them to file or ...
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Why do programmers use or recommend Mac OS X? [closed]

I've worked on both Mac and Windows for awhile. However, I'm still having a hard time understanding why programmers enthusiastically choose Mac OS X over Windows and Linux? I know that there are ...
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Converting to a mac-book pro for multi disciplined development [closed]

I am in a bit of a bind. I have been contracted to create a small suite of applications for Android, iOS and WP7. Currently I am also on the market for a new notebook for development. Now the issue I ...
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Why is WCF is called Windows

I'm wondering why it isn't called Microsoft Communication Foundation. Does it rely on Windows and will it rely on Windows in the foreseeable future?
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Strategies for porting application from Win32 API to GTK+

I have a legacy application written in C, using the raw Win32 API. The general level of abstraction is low and raw dependency on <windows.h> is common. I would like to port this application to ...
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Legitimate use of the Windows “Documents” folder in programs

Anyone who likes their Documents folder to contain only things they place there knows that the standard Documents folder is completely unsuitable for this task. Every program seems to want to put its ...
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Why is (Ogg) Vorbis not automatically supported by Windows?

Vorbis was never threatened by MPEG LA, so it is undoubtedly completely patent free. (MPEG LA never misses a chance to spread patent FUD) Windows supports mp3, so it isn’t because they want to push ...
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How can I make my PHP development environment more efficient?

I want to start a home-brew pet project in PHP. I've spent some time in my life developing in PHP and I've always felt it was hard to organize the development environment efficiently. In my ...
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Most efficient way for snapshotting Windows (no VM) [closed]

As the software I'm writing is using instrument I/O, I cannot use virtual machines to test my software in different configurations. Therefore I'm looking for the best way to make snapshots at ...
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Is there a Windows philosophy of programming? [closed]

I've been programming both in Unix and Windows environments. Mostly I've worked in Unix, where I've learned Unix Philosophy, which can be summarized as Write programs that do one thing and do it ...
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Cloud availability of short-term “virgin” Windows instances?

I have a situation where we on a regular basis need a freshly installed "virgin" Windows installation to do various work in isolation on, and building one from scratch every time in a vmware instance ...
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Moving from Winforms to WPF [closed]

I am a long time experienced Windows Forms developer, but now it's time to move to WPF because a new WPF project is comming soon to me and I have only a short lead time to prepare myself to learn WPF. ...
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Evolution of the Win32 API [closed]

Has the Windows 32 API changed much over time? Does the Charles Petzold book "Programming Windows, 5th Edition" from 1998 still contain relevant information, or is most of it obsolete/outdated? What ...
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Do Microsoft Certifications matter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are certifications worth it? I'm curious what experience others have had, both from the perspective of an employer and an employee on Microsoft Certifications. I'm kind of ...
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Advantages of HTML applications in a Windows intranet

I'm preparing a presentation for my team that lists the various technologies we could use today for our business applications. We have been historically building HTML applications (ASP and ASP.net) ...
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Upgrading from XP Pro to Win 7, anything I should worry about?

I do mainly .NET work so I assume that the framework is all fine and that. But have there been reports of various tools like .NET Reflector and the like not working properly with Win 7? This is a ...
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Difference between '\n' and '\r\n'

Yes yes, I am aware that '\n' writes a newline in UNIX while for Windows there is the two character sequence: '\r\n'. All this is very nice in theory, but my question is why? Why the carriage return ...
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What default features is Windows missing that are required for programmers? [closed]

What features is Windows missing that can improve the productivity of a programmer. I know a lot of people would want some features from Linux and OSX ported or being created for Windows as well. What ...
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Reason to use mingw win32 headers and libs with LLVM/Clang

Is there any good reason (except "GCC is better") to use the MinGW win32api/headers/libs with LLVM/Clang. Suppose that in two to three years, Clang has matured enough (in C++0x and performance) that ...
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Noobie wants to use source control, how would you guide them?

Let's say you know of an anonymous noobie that wants to be lead upon the path of righteousness. This noobie wants to use some sort of source control tools simply for the experience of using source ...
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What's are best Windows 7 gadgets for programmers?

I am looking for a theme with gadgets that will make my life easier as a programmer. Googling from the desktop is one feature I am looking for. Integration with SharePoint or other bug trackers are ...
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Embedded Linux vs Windows Embedded Standard 7 [closed]

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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Windows programming - should you leave UAC on?

What is the recommended User Account Control (UAC) setting when developing on Windows? Even on Win7 I find it annoying enough to turn it off (because it makes me more productive with it off) but ...