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

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Is there a Windows philosophy of programming?

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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Is Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 usable as a developer workstation OS?

We're upgrading the RAM on our developer workstations and looking to move to a 64-bit OS. We've been using Windows 7 x86, but I'm wondering about using Server 2008 R2 x64 so that developers can use ...
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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

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Petzold book "Programming Windows, 5th Edition" from 1998 still contain relevant information, or is most of it obsolete/outdated?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 ...
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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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Is Windows suitable for Ruby development?

I've read that Windows is not recommended for Ruby development and this is last thing that stops me from starting some projects in Ruby. Are there any changes to this? Or any suggestions to make ...
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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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Have you ever hated a framework/programming language/platform but you eventually became curious in learning?

Little background: I've always been kind of a Microsoft hater. A while ago just the fact of learning a something like C# scared me. I was only interested in opensource project and programming ...
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Geocoding for an application unable to show maps?

We have a situation where our users need to geocode a location (programmatically turn a description into latitude/longitude coordinates) from within an application unable to show a graphic image. ...
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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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Using Windows tools to edit Linux project files [closed]

In the spirit of getting new people on the project up to speed and leveraging their familiarity with existing Windows tools, what are possible options for cross-platform editing/development? Of ...
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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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When programming for a new platform, do you change the keyboard mapping to what you're familiar with?

I've been a Windows programmer for a decade or more now, and I'm currently doing my first ever Macintosh project. One of the things that is driving me bonkers is how the keyboard maps differently. ...
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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 ...
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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". ...