Monthly Archives: March 2009

WebService in native Code (WS-*)

After the support for the SOAP-Toolkit was retired, there was no library from Microsoft, to write or consume Web-Services in native code. The suggested solution was to move to the .NET-SOAP classes. Of course, this is not always a solution, for big native code-bases.

It seems that MS has reflected this situation and also has found, that it is a “must have” to have a native WS-* library.

Starting with Windows 7 and Windoes Server 2008 R2, the OSwill have build-in support for native Web-Services.

The APIis called WWS-API (Windows Web Service API). To get an overview and also some examples, you can take a look at the code.msdn-Site.

Also, if you have an existing application and want to move to WWSAPI, you can join a virtual lab, to get help in implementing your web-service (either consuming or exposing).

Nikola added an comment, that WWSAPI will be also available on XP-SP2 and later! These are really great news!
You can already download the beta-bits, see:
Release of WWSAPI beta for Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008

IE8 smashes Visual Studio 2005 / 2008 Class-Wizard

It seems that the new IE8 has some conflicts with Visual Studio 2008 (incl. SP1). After you installed IE8, you are not able to use the call-wizard for MFC projects anymore. It always gives you an error that there is a bug on the page:
Visual Studio 2008 bug after installing IE8

Currently there is a workaround, until a “real” fix is present:

  • Open regedit
  • Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Internet Settings \ Zones
    create a new key called 1000 (if it isn’t already there)
  • Under 1000, create a DWORD entry with:
    • Name = 1207
    • Type = REG_DWORD
    • Data = 0x000000

Visual Studio 2008 hotfix for IE8

You can also download the zipped reg-file.

Just for completeness: There is a connect entry since 9 days…

Addition: The problem also occurs with VS2005 (and maybe earlier versions 😉 )

More infos is available from the VC-Teamblog.

Change of Win-API semantics via application manifest!

Starting with Windows 7, the application manifest is becoming more and more important.

In Windows Vista, you need a manifest to bypass the application virtualization. In Window 7, you need a specific application compatibility-manifest to get correct API function behaviour 😉
For example, a race condition in GetOverlappedResult is only solved, if you explicit specify in your manifest, that you want a correct behaviour of this function.
Also a bug in CreateFileEx is only solved if you specify this in your manifest.

Of course, this is in general not a bad idea. But the manifest only allows to enable all new features or nothing. There is no way to exlicit enable only one of the bugfixes.

Here is just a small document of the “Windows 7 – Application Manifests – Compatibility”.

Windows Communication Protocols

Microsoft is publishing many of their “closed” protocols on the internet.
The starting site is: Microsoft Protocol Programs and Open Specifications.

Here is just a small list of available protocol downloads:

Building vcproj-Files with msbuild

If you want to batch-build VC++ projects you can either use devenv or msbuild.
msbuild has many option in which you can change and log the build process.

Here is just a example of a simple .proj-template for starting of batch-builds with msbuild:


You need just to save this file with the extension .proj” and call “msbuild” from the same directory. It will then do a “Rebuild” (see “DefaultTargets”).
Or you can do a “Clean” with “msbuild /t:Clean”.
You can also log to a file with “msbuild /v:d /fileLogger”.
Also, if you do not need a specific build-order of your projects, you can just include every vcproj-File in your subfolders by changing




Also, msbuild returns 0 if the build was sucessfull, otherwise “1”. So you can determine the result of the build in your batch-files.

So you can see: msbuild is very powerfull…

All-in-One Code Framework

If you need examples of some of the current Microsoft technologies, you have many technologies and programming languages available. For each of these technologies/languages you need to find a fitting example.

On CodePlex there is now an example-collection for most of the available technologies (COM, ActiveX-Control, ActiveX-Host, ADO, ADO.NET, Outlook-Customizing, DLL, DLL-delay-loaded, LIB, P/Invoke, CLR-hosting / named-pipes, mailslots, shared-memory, remoting) and programming languages (C/C++ (native / MFC / ATL) / C# / VB.NET):

Check out: All-In-One Code Framework