Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SLI Multi-OS

Nvidia recently released their SLI Multi-OS:

"With the introduction of NVIDIA® SLI® Multi-OS technology, a user now has the ability to fully virtualize all resources in the workstation, including NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs. An SLI Multi-OS enabled workstation operates in conjunction with workstation virtualization software. Through SLI Multi-OS technology, a user can directly assign a dedicated Quadro graphics board to both the host operating system and a range of optionally loaded guest operating systems." --- NVidia.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Silverlight 2 and 3 development - on the same box

One of the disappointments with the recent Silverlight 3 Preview release is the inability to install Silverlight 2 and 3 at the same time. Now VisualStudio 2010 is suppose to solve this but in the meantime you must choose which one you want to target. And given currently there is no go-live license for Silverlight 3 [reasonable at this point] what can you do? Well Amy Dullard [a program manager at Microsoft] has a work-around.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blend 3 & SketchFlow (missing)

Recently Microsoft held their annual Mix conference where they demonstrated the next version of Blend (Blend 3 Preview) their WPF/Silverlight design tool. One of the coolest features is the SketchFlow functionality. Unfortunately it's NOT included in the just released 'preview' :-(

"It is important to note, that one of the Expression Blend features demonstrated at MIX09 is not actually included in this preview, namely SketchFlow. Microsoft informed that it was hard at work to ensure that SketchFlow would make it into the next development milestone of Expression Blend 3." - Softpedia.com

How disappointing!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Silverlight Project: Requested Registry Access is not allowed

After installing the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and trying to create a new project in Visual Studio 2008 - I was getting the error, "Requested registry access is not allowed". Doing a little Goooogling I came across this post - basically giving 'Admin' permission to all keys. Seemed a little too extensive. Later in the post is the minimal required to get the Silverlight project to work. I've included the .BAT/ZIP here. As per the instructions:

1) Download and install: SubInACL a command-line tool from Microsoft.
2) Download the SilverLight Project .BAT/ZIP fix file for changing the registry entries here OR copy/paste from here.
3) Unzip and run the batch file.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Everytime I would add some sort of 'add-in' to VisualStudio 2008 and then would try to get the properties of a project I would get the error, "Impossible to open Project Properties - COM object that has been separated from its underlying RCW cannot be used". Doing a little Goooogling reveals this page, and this where they basically explain that removing Resharper and the, "Microsoft Source Analysis Tool for C#" fixes the problem. For me I removed FXCop and installed the latest, StyleCop. FYI: Generic info re: StyleCop here.