I am not a designer and prefer to avoid things like animation as too difficult. On the other hand, I am writing an electronic card game and it looks bad if the cards move without any animation. There is also an issue in that animation is built into the standard controls, so if you do
…continue reading Getting animated: basics in Windows Store apps
Two issues I have seen recently:
1. A Windows 7 laptop which belonged to a developer and was being passed on to a new user. However, although you could create the new user, you could not log in as that user. The error was “User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be
…continue reading Windows problems: new users cannot log in, SQL Server 2014 install fails
Problem: You have a ListView containing data. You want to vary the appearance of items in the ListView according to the value of the data.
I spent some time on this in relation to a panel for a game I am writing. For example, you have a ListView containing numbers. How can you have negative
…continue reading Notes on styling a Windows Store app ListView to vary item appearance according to the data
One intriguing new feature in Micrsosoft’s SQL Server 2014 is the ability to create or attach databases whose files are in Azure blog storage. This sounds like something that would not work at all well: why would you want a database engine to mount files located hundreds or thousands of miles away? However, the feature
…continue reading Hands on: SQL Server 2014 with data files in Azure Blob Storage
Good to see these options when creating an Azure VM:
Puppet is for automating IT operations.
Chef is for modeling IT infrastructure and application deployment as code.
…continue reading Puppet and Chef come to Windows Azure
I had a quick look at the .NET Native Preview. I am interested to see what the benefits might be. Note that currently the preview only supports 64-bit Windows Store apps.
Here is what is promised:
For users of your apps, .NET Native offers these advantages:
Fast execution times Consistently speedy startup times Low deployment
…continue reading A quick hands-on with native code compilation for .NET
It’s curious. Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been in place for only a month which means that almost everything announced at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference which took place last week in San Francisco, must have been set before he was appointed; yet there was a sense of “all things new” at the event, as
…continue reading Microsoft Build 2014: what happened
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced Office for iPad at an event in San Francisco. Office General Manager Julie White gave a demo of Word, Excel and Powerpoint on Apple’s tablet.
White made a point of the fidelity of Office documents in Microsoft’s app, as opposed to third party viewers.
…continue reading Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduces Microsoft Office for iPad, talks up Azure Active Directory and Office 365 development
Adobe has announced Experience Manager Apps for Marketers and Developers. This comes in two flavours: Experience Manager Apps is for marketers, and PhoneGap Enterprise is for developers. The announcements are unfortunately sketchy when it comes to details, though Andre Charland’s post has a little more:
Better collaboration – With our new PhoneGap Enterprise app,
…continue reading Flash developers fret as Adobe doubles down on PhoneGap
Nokia has announced the X range: Android smartphones connected to Microsoft/Nokia services including Bing search, OneDrive cloud storage, Nokia Here maps, and Nokia Music.
The phones, according to Nokia, are aimed at the “affordable” market especially in “growth markets” or in other words, less developed territories.
The stated reason for Nokia X is
…continue reading Nokia’s puzzling Android announcement: Nokia X