Archive for the ‘Interoperability’ Category.

Moving a Form without the Title Bar

Today, we are talking about how to move a form without its title bar.

You might have noticed that some applications with fancy UIs do not allow the user to move the window from its title bar. Honestly, some hide the overall title bar from the user. An example of these applications is Microsoft Windows Media Player -when in skin mode,- and Microsoft Windows Live Messenger. Both applications allow you to drag their windows using the client area not the title bar.

In this lesson, you will learn how to do this trick to move the form without its title bar.

Changing Display Settings Programmatically

Previously, we have talked about how to change screen resolution and color system via DirectX. Today, we are talking about how to change all display settings -not the resolution and color system only- via API. We will change screen resolution (bounds,) color system (bit count,) rotation (orientation,) and refresh rate (frequency) via API with C# and the .NET Framework.

Programmatically Turning on the Screen Saver

This lesson focuses on how to programmatically turn on the screen saver.

Creating a Stack-Based Array

By default, arrays are stored in the managed heap with all of the overhead involved and that’s because arrays simply are instances of type System.Array that inherits from System.Object. Storing an object into heap means that it will not be removed from the memory until a garbage collection (whether automatic or by calling System.GC.Collect()) occurs. Also, storing it into the heap means suffering from low-performance and the overhead (for the CLR) of storing and retrieving it into and from the heap.

Programming Microsoft Agent in Windows Forms

Microsoft Agent is an unprecedented technology to create innovative, new conversational interfaces for applications and Web pages. It provides powerful animation capability, interactivity, and versatility, with incredible ease of development.

Microsoft Agent is a technology that provides a foundation for more natural ways for people to communicate with their computers. It is a set of software services that enable developers to incorporate interactive animated characters into their applications and Web pages. These characters can speak, via a Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine or recorded audio, and even accept spoken voice commands. Microsoft Agent empowers developers to extend the user interface beyond the conventional mouse and keyboard interactions prevalent today.

Clearing the Console Screen using API

In addition to clearing the console screen, this lesson teaches you some about PInvoking, marshaling, and memory management. Also you will learn additional techniques like clearing a specific portion of the screen, and changing the cursor position. Moreover, you will dig into IL and see how System.Console.Clear() method do it. More than that you will learn how to reverse-engineer a .NET assembly and discover the code inside.

In addition, the example shows how to perform I/O operations on console using Win32 API calls, and how to show/hide the console cursor. In addition, it demonstrates how to move a text around the console screen.

Programmatically Swapping Mouse Buttons

Swapping mouse buttons means swapping the two buttons, making the right button acts like the left one and vice versa. This is done -for normal users of course- using the Mouse properties dialog in the control panel. See the next figure.

Creating Transacted Files

Lastly but not last, and after a long while, Windows Vista introduced a way to create transacted files or even to write to registry.

While market grows remarkably in the last years, its requirements increase as well. And every day you face a new problem that you must overcome to accommodate market requirements.

Transacted operations are one of the commonly demanded requirements by market.

Creating a Message Box Directly using API

.NET Framework contains holes that you can’t overcome using the managed code. Then you must dig into the API to overcome this.

Some of the overcomes in the .NET is the way that you can’t show a message box that contains a Help button!