Category Archives: Visual Studio

Learning C++ /CX with a console app on Windows 8.1

I have previously published a template on the VS Gallery that allows you to build console apps by writing C++ /CX code and not starting with XAML and code generation project default templates that VS ships. The previous blog entry is here and the link to the gallery item is here.

The good news is I have published a new template that allows you to use the Windows 8.1 SDK and winmd files to build command line apps while learning C++ /CX. You can get the template here.

Enjoy coding in C++ /CX!





TFSPreview : Hosted Source Control and Build engine Service in the cloud

One of the things that has been taking up my time over the past few months has been the availability of a source control repository for the samples I am authoring for my book. My requirements were simple:

1. It should guarantee my privacy for the code I am working on and integrate well with Visual Studio 2012.

2. It should provide an integrated bug management facility (not that I am using this extensively right now, but would still prefer to have this available).

3. Should have the ability to build Metro-style apps either using the hosted build controller or via an extension mechanism.

After much wrangling, I began using the free hosted TFS service from Microsoft. This is currently in preview and available free of cost at

While the hosted TFS service is limited, it does meet my current needs of integrating well with Visual Studio 2012 and providing a mechanism to build Metro-style apps using my own build engine instance.

You might want to give this service a try. Who knows, you might like it and eventually begin using it Smile