Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has penned a rather long public letter which sets out his ambitions for the company. It is not full of surprises for those who have been paying attention, but confirms what we are already seeing in projects such as Office for iPad: Microsoft is positioning itself for a world in which
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Microsoft invests substantial resources in supporting developers; yet the last two topics I have explored in earnest – the Azure blob storage service, and ASP.NET MVC with Azure Active Directory integration – have been frustrating and difficult. Admittedly I am only an occasional developer, but I suspect my experience is common. What is going wrong,
…continue reading Supporting developers: how could Microsoft improve?
Apple has announced a new programming language, called Swift. (There was already a language called Swift, used for parallel scripting, but Apple links to the other Swift in case you land on the wrong page. So far it looks like the other Swift has not returned the favour).
For as long as I can remember,
…continue reading Apple’s Swift programming language: easy coding for OS X and iOS at last?
Xamarin has announced the third version of its cross-platform tools, which use C# and .NET to target multiple platforms, including iOS, Android and Mac OS X.
Xamarin 3.0 is a big release. In summary:
Xamarin Designer for iOS
Using a visual designer for iOS Storyboard projects, you can create and modify a GUI in
…continue reading Xamarin 3.0 brings iOS visual design to Visual Studio, cross-platform XAML, F#, NuGet and more
Today Xamarin announced version 3.0 of its cross-platform mobile development tools, which let you target Android and iOS with C# and .NET. I have been trying a late beta preview.
In order to use Xamarin 3.0 with iOS support you do need a Mac. However, you can do essentially all of your development in Visual
…continue reading Hands on with Xamarin 3.0: a cross-platform breakthrough for Visual Studio
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At the April 2014 Build conference Microsoft made some far-reaching announcements about its .NET platform and the C# programming language. Yes, there was talk of C# 6.0, the next version, but the real changes are more profound. Specifically:
C# and Visual Basic have a new compiler, itself written in C#, code-named Roslyn. Roslyn is not
…continue reading Microsoft’s new open source direction for C# and .NET (and native compilation too): Anders Hejlsberg explains
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