Archive for January, 2007

Debugging XBAP applications on Vista using Visual Studio 2005

January 23, 2007 5:35 pm

I ran into an interesting little quirk with Visual Studio 2005 on Vista yesterday. I was trying to start an XBAP debugging session from VS (using the F5 key), and none of my breakpoints got triggered. Upon exiting the IE instance that hosts PresentationHost.exe, VS considered the session as still “running”.

I had set my system up according to Tim Sneath’s post on the perfect WPF developer system, including VS 2005 SP1 and the beta version of the Vista extensions for VS 2005. I was running VS “as administrator”.

As it turns out there are some technical details around starting XBAP debugging sessions from an elevated VS process that cause this behavior if you already have another instance of IE running when starting the debugging session.

Thanks to Tim Sneath and Chango Valtchev at Microsoft for helping in tracking this down!

Moral of the story: If you want to debug an XBAP from VS 2005 under Vista, run VS non-elevated, or make sure you have no other instances of IE running when you start the debugging session.

Ran into Dwight Silverman at Bloghaus

January 11, 2007 12:42 am

On my last night at Bloghaus, I ended up sitting next to Dwight Silverman from the Houston Chronicle. He’s had some nice things to say about the HP TouchSmart PC.

When I mentioned my “plug” (that I worked on the SmartCenter software), he said “Congratulations. Well done.”

Thanks Dwight! I appreciate it.

And, by the way, I can relate to your sentiment about the bloghaus. I had some great and interesting converations (with Graeme Thickins, Hans Veldhuizen, Sparky from, Jason Fields from, Kristopher Tate and Thomas Hawk from Zooomr, Dave Alpert and Chris Coulter from PodTech), and overall I really, genuinely enjoyed the bloghaus. But I didn’t quite feel “cool enough” either. I guess that’s what can happen when you visit a gathering where there are lots of “blogebrities”.

Pictures from CES and Bloghaus

January 9, 2007 7:41 pm

Check out the pictures I uploaded via the connection in the bloghaus today. These are almost all the pictures I’ve taken over the course of the four days I’ve been in Las Vegas so far.

Watching the Jobs keynote at Bloghaus

5:30 pm

Thanks to the incredible bandwith that bloghaus has provided, Kristopher Tate from zooomr hooked us up with the Macworld keynote. He even got it up on the giant flatscreen TV.

The blogging room

The iPhone looks really exciting. I can’t wait for it to come out to play with it. It sounds a little pricey, but considering it’s a full iPod as well as a revolutionary phone, I guess it’s not too bad.

I’m really impressed with the bloghaus. There’s food, conversation, bandwith and tons of geeks. Thanks to Podtech, AMD and Seagate for sponsoring this thing!