It is a case of “right time, right place” for Xamarin, as it scoops up Windows developers who need either to transition to iOS and Android, or to add mobile support to existing applications. You can also port applications to the Mac with its cross-platform development framework based on C#; no bad thing as Mac
…continue reading Xamarin announces large round of funding, plans international expansion
Microsoft has updated its Bing Developer Assistant Beta, a Visual Studio 2013 add-in which hooks into IntelliSense so that you get code samples as well as brief documentation. For example, in an Entity Framework project, if you select dbContext.SaveChanges, you get a code sample which uses that method.
There is no guarantee of course
…continue reading Bing Developer Assistant adds code samples to Visual Studio IntelliSense, with mixed results
I have recently completed (if applications are ever completed) an application which runs on Microsoft’s Azure platform. I used lots of Microsoft technology:
Visual Studio 2013 Visual Studio Online with Team Foundation version control ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Entity Framework 4.0 Azure SQL Azure Active Directory Azure Web Sites Azure Blob Storage Microsoft .NET 4.5 with
…continue reading Developing an app on Microsoft Azure: a few quick reflections
I have been working on a project which I thought would be simpler than it turned out to be – nothing new there, most software projects are like that.
The project involves upload and download of large files from Azure storage. There is a database as part of the application, nothing too demanding, but requiring
…continue reading Should you use Entity Framework for .NET applications?
The UK government is adopting the Open Document Format for Office Applications, for documents that are editable (read-only documents will be PDF or HTML). You can read Mike Bracken’s (Government Digital Service) blog on the subject here, and the details of the new requirements here. If you want to see the actual standards, they are
…continue reading The UK government is adopting Open Document: some observations
Microsoft has announced its financial results for the quarter ending June 30th 2013. How is it doing?
Quarterly revenue is up to $23.38 billion from $20.49 billion year on year, though $1.98 billion of that is phone hardware – Nokia, in other words. Operating income is up to $6.48 billion from $6.07. Net income is
…continue reading Microsoft Financials show cloud growth, Nokia loss
Microsoft released its latest financial results yesterday, on which I will post separately. However, this remark from the earnings call transcript (Q&A with financial analysts) caught my eye:
In the year ahead, we are investing in ways that will ensure our Device OS and first party hardware align to our core. We will streamline the
…continue reading Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promises “One Windows” in place of three, but should that be two?
I could never make sense of Nokia X, the Android-with-Microsoft-services device which Nokia announced less than a year ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:
If Nokia X is a worse Android than Android, and a worse Windows Phone than Windows Phone, what is the point of it and why will anyone buy?
…continue reading Farewell Nokia X? Not quite, but the signs are clear as Microsoft bets on Universal Apps
Microsoft has released details of its StorSimple 8000 Series, the first major new release since it acquired the hybrid cloud storage appliance business back in late 2012.
I first came across StorSimple at what proved to be the last MMS (Microsoft Management Summit) event last year. The concept is brilliant: present the network with
…continue reading Microsoft StorSimple brings hybrid cloud storage to the enterprise, but what about the rest of us?