Category: Windows

  • openSSL vs. vcpkg – some strange experiences

    openSSL vs. vcpkg – some strange experiences

    Some unexpected experiences caused by the fact the vcpkg C++ package manager is still based on OpenSSL 1.0.2.

  • Process Status Analysis – the first steps

    Process Status Analysis – the first steps

    I am pleased to announce my first cross-platform and open source project, the Process Status Analysis tool, available on GitHub. The Process Status Analysis (psa) is a command line tool that offer some Operating System processes analysis features: – Get all processes loaded in memory information – Get process only used memory – Print processes tree – Top most “expensive” processes – Redirect output to a file

  • Finally, I got Windows 10

    This is a story of how I got over a blocking situation within some Windows 10 OS installs on my Samsung laptop.

  • Getting Table’s indexes experiences – workaround

    Trying to get table indexes information in SQL Server 2012 I identified a strange situation within a specific method that I was using so long but it was not acting as expected in one situation. Usually, I got the right information about indexes but in one situation I encounter a strange behavior. It’s about having a clustered index into a scenario. I have a table that contains two indexes referenced to some fields: IndexField_1 and IndexField_3 mapped over int, NULL fields. When IndexField_1 is Non-Unique, Non-Clustered and IndexField_3 is Clustered index I get the right information. But if the index IndexField_1 is Clustered and the IndexField_3 is Non-Unique, Non-Clustered I get no information about IndexField_1 index (eg. szIdxName and szIdxColName are “” and their length is -1 that means SQL_NULL_DATA). Within while loop, with the next iteration I get correct information about the second index IndexField_3.

  • SubclassWindow() method issues in projects base on MFC Feature Pack

    The Problem Trying to paint a background image into client area of a MDI application build in VC++ 6.0 to VC++ 2005 IDE it’s not a difficult task. In case you need, you can find easily good references. For instance, there are two references from Microsoft (KB129471 and KB103786) and one I prefer: a FAQ […]

  • Flexible changes for product version properties – Visual C++ binaries

    Manually editing of binaries version in the resource editor of Visual Studio IDE is not a viable solution. If we have dozens of projects in our solution, then for each kit building we should need manual resources file edit. Otherwise, we can use a special tool that does this thing for us. Unfortunately this approach is not the most flexible and could fail. For our flexible binaries properties changes and in order to avoid manual edit for each rebuild we can create and include a header file (version.h) that contains some constants of product version and file version of our project (.rc files). We have to include only these constants into this file (version.h): #define PRODUCT_VERSION 4.3.2.198 #define PRODUCT_VERSION_STR “4.3.2.198” Then, for each .rc file wherever we have FileVersion and ProductVersion we have to use this constants. When we will build a new kit, we have to change only these constants and then to start the kit building process. Everything is fine until we add new controls in our projects resource files. Then, because of Visual Studio IDE automation we can get an unlikely surprise: the FileVersion and the ProductVersion properties could be reset to 1.0.0.0. In order to avoid this issue and edit the version only in a single place I propose the following workaround.

  • Simple Pictures Unifier – first version

    Have you just returned from vacation and you have a lot of pictures? You just downloaded your taken pictures and you got your friends pictures, too? Then, probably, the pictures are scattered, with a random order in your computer. Would you like seeing pictures from all sources in order of events happening? If so, try to sort your photos using Simple Pictures Unifier tool! 🙂 Simple Pictures Unifier application Please, feel free to add comments, suggestions or bugs reports to this application. Any constructive feedback is sincerely appreciated. Thanks you!

  • Release space on a Windows partition – SpaceMonger

    Few time ago I observed that my laptop’s first partition (48 GB size) free space reduced to 4 GB. There are a lot of file managers application (Windows Explorer, Total Commander, Far Manager, etc). All of them provide folder and file lists, but not intuitive display of most important detail: the size. Of course, there are some known paths that store not useful data (see bottom folders list) and with each file manager you can delete major not useful data. But, you can miss some old huge file (some forgotten video files, etc). Fortunately there is a tool witch display folders and files size graphically called SpaceMonger. I used it and now my laptop free space is approximately 20 GB. 🙂 At the end of this process I applied the same story on my old workstation, too. Using this visual tool is easy to observer big files, folders and is easy to clean Windows temporary files, Windows updates install files, easy to observe hibernate and virtual memory files (if you have enough RAM memory you can disable this feature), etc. []

  • Dynamic popup and drop down menus for custom representations

    Many applications allow dynamic customization for visual objects or data views. For instance, well known Internet Explorer application provides toolbars customization using a popup menu that appears when the user execute right click mouse action in toolbar zone area. Internet Explorer sample menu Other sample where this kind of menu is very useful is when it’s used in order to customize database data representation in Windows controls like List control or grid control. These kind of applications allow data filtering and show/hide columns using this kind of menu. The user just right click on control header and gets what he need. []

  • Versionable Object’s Serialization in MDI applications

    This article represents a follow-up of the last article, “Versionable Object’s Serialization using MFC in non Document View applications”. In that article I presented to you a way to solve incompatibility issues between different file versions of the same application, based on MFC serialization into a dialog base application. But, the dialog base applications are not the best way to use and apply MFC serialization. Applications base on document view architecture (MDI or SDI) are the best solution when we want to develop MFC application with serialization support. Document View MFC architecture offers support for automatic save and load document to/from a file on a storage area, using a serialization mechanism. MDI (Multiple Document Interface) and SDI (Single Document Interface) application offers default serialization basic mechanism. SerAddressBookMDI Main Window - continue to article []

  • Versionable Object’s Serialization using MFC in non Document View applications

    Most existing applications operate with data that must be stored and loaded in different times and different locations. The data is stored in text or binary files with a well defined format. The Problem Initially, in the first version 1.0, an application operates with data structures that can be stored and loaded. But, next version (2.0) these data structures suffers changes. Some structure’s attributes are added and other could be removed. These things change files format and structure when a new file version is saved. Question: What happens when you are using an application version 2.0 and you are trying to load old files format (version 1.0)? Answer: Most cases should cause incompatibility troubles between the current new application and files in old format. This could throw exceptions and the application could have undefined behavior. That’s why the application must be written in order to be able to open both file versions. Solution In order to solve the compatibility issue exist many solutions, more or less professional. The recommended solution is the serialization. Application window []