What is happening with the Java language and runtime? Since Java passed into the hands of Oracle, following its acquisition of Sun, there has been a succession of bad news. To recap:
The JavaOne conference in September 2010 was held in the shadow of Oracle OpenWorld making it a less significant event than in previous
…continue reading The Java crisis and what it means for developers
Mary Branscombe has an excellent ZDNet post on Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft, and asks:
What would Microsoft need to do and say to you for you to be happy to call yourself a fan?
In part she’s reacting to Frank Shaw’s Microsoft by the Numbers in which he highlights the success of
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I’ve been trying out Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, as provided for the release version of SharePoint 2010. The cross platform story is uneven, whether across Mac/Windows/Linux, or across different browsers, or even across different versions of Windows and Office. So far it does mostly work though, even if there are problems with certain tasks like
…continue reading Microsoft – make up your mind about Moonlight
I have just com across Mono Tools, a Novell add-in for Visual Studio that lets you test Mono compatibility. It adds a Mono menu which has options to run locally or remotely in Mono, analyze for compatibility issues, and create deployment packages. No sign of Mac support, which is a missed opportunity, but understandable given
…continue reading Mono Tools for Visual Studio: code on Windows, run on Linux
Microsoft has had a bumper quarter driven by Windows 7, as expected. I’ve put this into a table as I have before.
…continue reading Windows 7 booms for Microsoft, everything else is flat
Mono founder Miguel de Icaza spoke at the Monospace conference – 250 enthusiasts in Austin, Texas – on the past and future of the project. I wasn’t there but enjoyed listening to the keynote as posted by Redmonk’s Michael Coté.
“Never ask for permission, ask for forgiveness – that’s how we’ve done a lot
…continue reading Miguel de Icaza on eight years of Mono, its future, and the Silverlight desktop
Microsoft has promised not to sue those who develop implementations of its C# language and Common Language Infrastructure – the heart of .NET.
You might assume that to be good news for Mono, the open source implementation of .NET sponsored by Novell; and I suppose it is, though not in any major way.
…continue reading Is Mono safe to use?
I grabbed this screenshot from a preview just installed:
It comes from Delphi Prism, a new product from Embarcadero/Codegear which lets you code for .NET using the Delphi language, an object-oriented version of Pascal. The product is not as new as it first appears. It is based on an existing product from RemObjects,
…continue reading Code for Mac Cocoa in Visual Studio – surprised to see this?