Books #1

Without much description here are two books I’ve recently read and which I can recommend:

a fractal problem

[…] a fractal problem.

Fractal problems are those that look really simple from 100,000 feet up (like a dot) and reach unimaginable complexity as you get closer (like a fractal). There are a lot of problems of this nature (like email, transportation, ecommerce, taxation, etc.) and solving them is worth a lot of money but requires a LOT of work.

VS2013 build fails without errors

I just had a case where my Visual Studio 2013 solution failed to build even though no errors were displayed in the output pane or the log. The same happened for all the other targets (Clean Solution etc.). Building from the command line using msbuild directly, on the other hand, worked fine. The solution (as in previous VS versions) was to delete the user-specific settings. So a quick:

Windows 8 apps event logs

While porting a rather large native application to Window 8 (Windows Store application) I encountered some startup problems. Errors like the following appeared:


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