My new best friend, the Windows 7 Code Pack, has been released. From Charlie Calvert’s Community Blog:
The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides support for various features of Windows 7 and previous releases of that operating system. The Code Pack has reached version 1.0 and has been published on Code Gallery:
Here are some of the features you can from managed code using the Code Pack:
- Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists, Icon Overlay, Progress Bar, Tabbed Thumbnails, and Thumbnail Toolbars.
- Windows 7 Libraries, Known Folders, non-file system containers.
- Windows Shell Search API support, a hierarchy of Shell Namespace entities, and Drag and Drop functionality for Shell Objects.
- Explorer Browser Control.
- Shell property system.
- Windows Vista and Windows 7 Common File Dialogs, including custom controls.
- Windows Vista and Windows 7 Task Dialogs.
- Direct3D 11.0, Direct3D 10.1/10.0, DXGI 1.0/1.1, Direct2D 1.0, DirectWrite, Windows Imaging Component (WIC) APIs. (DirectWrite and WIC have partial support)
- Sensor Platform APIs
- Extended Linguistic Services APIs
- Power Management APIs
- Application Restart and Recovery APIs
- Network List Manager APIs
- Command Link control and System defined Shell icons.
I’ve just completed the Microsoft 70-536 exam, and… I passed!! Passing score was 700, I was able to answer and guess my way to 858!! (I think they’re out of approx. 1000).
I must say that I was dissappointed with the quality of the MS Press Self-Training book – there were many errors in the text and on the CD-ROM (including within the practice exams) that were not covered by the 50 or so pages of errata on the MS website, and the book did not cover all areas (in sufficient detail) to enable a passing mark.
That being said, it was enough to put me on the right track. A few years of experience with .NET 2.0 didn’t hurt, and the rest is just down to studying the MSDN site and doing as many practice exams from as many sources as possible (they all focus on different areas).
For me, I’m taking a few weeks off from study to finish a few odd jobs around the house, then I’ll probably be on to the .NET 3.5 WPF exam (whatever number that is…)
I got about 4 hours sleep last night. Thanks, Round Earth Society! Some days I yearn for a flat earth, where we can all exist in the same time zone. For one, it would save on jetlag – not that I’ve ever suffered from that (or flown over more than 4 timezones, but that’s a story for another day).
Microsoft hosted a LiveMeeting Cram 4 Exams session last night dealing with my flavour of the month, 70-536. At least, it was last night here (12:30am – 1:30am), while Trika and the mob enjoyed a wonderful morning (7:30am – 8:30am the day before) at TechEd.
Of course, I could have just waited for the recording of the session to be released tomorrow, but there’s nothing quite like being there… virtually, at least…
w00t! I just got an email offering me a spot on the Microsoft Mesh Tech Preview. I’ve been having a few problems with Offline Files on our network at work, and just want a seamless auto-synchronised backup for my docs, so this could just fit the bill. First impressions are superb. The real proof will be in the ongoing pudding, but so far, I like it!
My latest purchase from Amazon arrived yesterday – “Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Application Development Foundation”, the Self-Paced Training Kit for MCTS Exam 70-536. It’s been years since I’ve studied for Microsoft Certification (I got my MCSE on Win NT4), so it should be fun to get back to school (even if it’s just in my own lounge room)…