Microsoft has officially announced the end of development of LightSwitch, a rapid application builder for desktop and mobile applications.
LightSwitch was introduced in July 2011 as a tool to build multi-tier applications using a data-first approach. You can design you database using an excellent visual designer, design screens for viewing and editing the data using
…continue reading Microsoft sets Visual Studio LightSwitch to off
I’ve been at GitHub Universe in San Francisco for the last few days. Around 1500 developers (not sure if that figure includes staff and exhibitors) in a warehouse at Pier 70. The venue was beautifully converted into an interaction space. Here is the view from outside as we were leaving; Octocat seems to be waving
…continue reading On GitHub and GitHub Universe
Back in the Nineties there was a lot of fuss about “pure Java”. This meant Java code without any native code invocations that tie the application to a specific operating system.
It is possible to write cross-platform Java code that invokes native code, but it adds to the complexity. If it is an operating system
…continue reading Time for another look at “pure .NET”
I attended QCon in London last week. This is a software development conference focused on large-scale projects and with a tradition oriented towards Agile methodology. It is always one of the best events I get to attend, partly because it is vendor-neutral (it is organised by InfoQ), and partly because of the way it is
…continue reading Reflections on QCon London 2016 – part one
I am writing a Bridge game in C# – yes, I have been doing this for some time, it does run now but it is not ready for public unveiling.
It is good fun though and a learning experience, as I am writing it as a Windows 8 Store app. This means it can
…continue reading Adapting a native code DLL to be called from a Store or Universal Windows app
I have been trying out Microsoft’s Nano Server Preview and wrote up initial experiences for the Register. One of the things I mentioned is that I could not get an ASP.NET app successfully deployed. After a bit more effort, and help from a member of the team, I am glad to say that I have
…continue reading Running ASP.NET 5.0 on Nano Server preview
At MWC earlier this month I met with Imagination, best known for its PowerVR video design but also now the owner of the MIPS CPU. Apple is a shareholder and uses Imagination video technology in the iPhone and iPad. This market is highly competitive though, especially since ARM has its own Mali GPU. “You need
…continue reading Imagination at Mobile World Congress 2015: what is the strategy?
What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile
Amazon is holding its third Reinvent conference in Las Vegas – 13,500 attendees catching up on Amazon’s Web Services platform. In this morning’s keynote, Amazon’s Senior VP of cloud services Andy Jassy evangelised the platform and announced a number of new services which, in typical Amazon style, are now available in preview.
…continue reading Amazon Reinvent: new products announced including Aurora database with claimed performance 5 times that of MySQL