28. May 2014

Book review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

Visual Studio 2013 is a huge technological leap forward. The book Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook helps to get on track with latest features including enhanced support for JavaScript and C++.visual-studio-2013-cookbook

Software projects often combine many different technologies like C++, .NET or JavaScript. Professional developer must be aware of all these technologies. The book is a great source of essential information which helps developer to grasp important concepts implemented in Visual Studio.

Cookbook provides short and easy to understand chapters about wide range of features. Each chapter contains some links to web sites or related technologies.

I recommend to read the book one chapter a day. Learn new stuff, experiment with it and next day continue with next chapter.

What you can find inside the book? Here is selection of some interesting topics

Chapter 1: Discovering Visual Studio 2013

  • contains productive tips how to use Visual Studio in effective way (keyboard shortcuts, navigation in project)

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Windows Store Application

  • good starting point for building own application for Windows Store
  • introduction to analysiss of application performance

Chapter 3: Web development

  • learn how to work with Bootstrap
  • minification of JavaScript and CSS

Chapter 4: .NET 4.5.1 Development

  • unit testing of .Net apps
  • managing packages with NuGet

Chapter 5: Debugging .NET Application

  • debugging with IntelliTrace
  • debugging parallel code

Chapter 6: Asynchrony in .NET

  • introduction to popular way of programming applications
  • integration of async concepts with web applications

Chapter 7: Unwrapping C++ Development

  • C++ is still very popular and Visual Studio 2013 introduces several concepts known in .NET or JavaScript
  • Native Unit Test Project for C++
  • graphics programming – 3D, DGSL and diagnostics

Chapter 8: Working with Team Foundation Server

  • getting feedback from users
  • git integration

Chapter 9: Languages

  • highly improved integration with further languages like TypeScript or Python
  • Python support is simply awesome

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook is available at Packt Publishing store.

28. April 2014

Gradle and build systems for C language – slides

Slides available in formats: PDFSlideShare

Source code: GitHub/georgik

26. November 2013

There is more to C 2013 – slides

Slides available in formats: PDFSlideShare

17. November 2013

How to build sample applications from Adobe Illustrator SDK CC by Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Express

Let’s try to build sample applications from Adobe Illustrator SDK CC with Express version of Visual Studio.

Adobe Illustrator SDK is available at: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/illustrator/sdk.html

In readme file Adobe explicitly states requirement that you should use Microsoft Visual C++ 10 (Visual Studio 2010 SP1). Hm.

Unzip directory with SDK and go to samples directory. Let’s start with LiveDropShadow sample.

Double click LiveDropShadow.vcxproj to open project in Visual Studio 2013. Hit F7 to build the project.

You’ll get error message:

Error 1 error MSB8020: The build tools for Visual Studio 2010 (Platform Toolset = ‘v100’) cannot be found. To build using the v100 build tools, please install Visual Studio 2010 build tools.  Alternatively, you may upgrade to the current Visual Studio tools by selecting the Project menu or right-click the solution, and then selecting “Upgrade Solution…”. C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft.Cpp\v4.0\V120\Microsoft.Cpp.Platform.targets


Go to menu Project and select Retarget solution:


This action converts project into project for VS 2013. Hit F7 for build.

After several seconds compilation fails and you’ll get another error message:

Error 20 error RC1015: cannot open include file ‘afxres.h’. C:\idea\Adobe Illustrator CC SDK\samplecode\LiveDropShadow\Resources\LiveDropShadow.rc 26 1 LiveDropShadow


Double click error message and you’ll see problematic code.


Problematic is include of afxres.h. It is reference to MFC library which is not part of Visual Studio Express 2013 edition. MFC is available only in Professional version. Do not worry. For many plugins you do not need MFC.

You can disable this include. There is also another problem few lines below with language code. We can disable this line of code for time being.

illustrator-problematic-code-02Hit F7. You’ll get error message that points into VersionInfo.rc file. There are several defines referencing MFC. You can disable those line for time being. (FILEFLAGMASK, FILEOS, FILETYPE, FILESUBTYPE)


Hit F7 and now you’ll get AIP package 🙂


Open Illustrator and configure path to Additional Plug-ins folder. Click Edit – Preferences – Plug-ins & Scratch Disks and set path to the folder where Visual Studio produced that aip file. It will be in directory Adobe Illustrator CC SDK\samplecode\output\win….


Click OK, restart Illustrator.

Tadaaa, plug-in is working:




For more information about plug-ins read getting-started-guide.pdf document in SDK directory docs\guides. 🙂


18. November 2012

Allegro5.1 and Visual Studio 2012 – Unable to start examples – missing dll files

It’s easy to work with Allegro 5.1 project in Visual Studio 2012. Just clone the project from git repo. Invoke cmake-gui.

Note: Make sure that you have installed Windows SDK for Windows 8.

You can do it using following commands (use Developer Command Prompt for VS2012 or set proper variables):

git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/alleg/allegro
cd allegro
mkdir Build
cd Build
cmake-gui ..

Click Configure and Generate. Then open solution in Visual Studio.

You can build whole solution. The only problem is that when you want to invoke any example then you’ll see something like this:

Those DLL files are located in Build\lib\RelWithDebInfo (or something like that). It is sufficient to update PATH environment variable. You can do it on per-project basis.

Press Alt+F7 (Right click – Properties) – Debugging – Environment – Set/Add:


Run the example again (F5):