Raymond Chen

Raymond has been involved in the evolution of Windows for more than 30 years. In 2003, he began a Web site known as The Old New Thing which has grown in popularity far beyond his wildest imagination, a development which still gives him the heebie-jeebies. The Web site spawned a book, coincidentally also titled The Old New Thing (Addison Wesley 2007). He occasionally appears on the Windows Dev Docs Twitter account to tell stories which convey no useful information.

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How to support a COM interface conditionally in C++/WinRT

Prevent winrt::implements from responding to it or reporting it.
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The format of icon resources, revisited

Filling in some gaps.

Why is there a hash of a weak password in the Windows cryptographic libraries?

They're part of an internal self-test.

How do I add a non-copyable, non-movable object to a std::map or std::unordered_map?

Fancy emplacement.

On the failed unrealized promise of Reg­Override­Predef­Key

An early attempt to sandbox the registry for a process.

What’s the difference between setting a page’s protection to PAGE_NOACCESS and freeing it?

Nobody can access it, but it's still there.

How can I check if I’m on a DispatcherQueue’s thread if I can’t call HasThreadAccess?

Looking at the tools you have available.

Microspeak: The As-Appropriate (AA) interviewer

So, how are things going so far?

API design principle: Reading a property or adding an event handler should not alter observable behavior

Don't punish people for looking.

On detecting improper use of std::enable_shared_from_this

Playing around with the standard library.
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