After trying out Windows 8 notifications from a Windows Forms application, I did a bit of research into using the Windows Runtime (WinRT) API from desktop applications.
It turns out that this is something Microsoft planned for:
Desktop apps should for the most part be able to use WinRT. This is an area where we
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Microsoft has released the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2012 (now the official name), which you can download here, to coincide with the release of Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows Server 2012 Release Preview.
Visual Studio also has a new logo, as you can see from the setup window below.
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The difference with JSIL is that it compiles .NET Intermediate Language (IL), and therefore works with
I have been playing with the Visual Studio 11 developer preview and exploring its asynchronous features, specifically the async and await keywords which are new to C# 5.0. These features have actually been available as a CTP (Community Tech Preview) since October 2010, but I had not found time to try it.
I like to
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I’m just back from Microsoft’s BUILD conference at Anaheim in California, which lived up to the hype as a key moment of transition for the company. Some said it was the most significant PDC – yes, it was really the Professional Developers Conference renamed – since 2000, when .NET was introduced; some said the most
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I’ve just come out of Martyn Lovell’s talk on WinRT internals here at BUILD in Anaheim, California.
Make no mistake: Microsoft has re-invented the Windows API in WinRT. Just to recap, WinRT is the API for Metro-style applications, the touch-centric, app-centric API for tablets and, one presumes, eventually for Windows Phone (though Microsoft has yet
…continue reading A few facts about Microsoft’s new Windows Runtime
A detailed benchmark posted on codeproject investigates the performance of basic operations including string handling, hash tables, math generics, simple arithmetic, sorting, file scanning and (for C#) platform invoke of native code. These are the conclusions:
There is only a small performance penalty for C# on the desktop versus C++. Mono is generally slower than
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I am wary about writing another post on this subject in the absence of any further news, but since there is a lot of speculation out there I thought it would be worth making a few further observations.
Will Windows 8 support Silverlight and/or some other variety of .NET in its new touch-centric mode? I
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A discussion with a friend about the origins of Microsoft’s .NET runtime prompted a little research. How did it come about?
A quick search does not throw up any detailed accounts. Part of the problem is that much of it is internal Microsoft history, confidential at the time.
One strand, mentioned here, is Colusa’s OmniVM: