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 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?
Regular readers will know that I am working on a simple (I thought) ASP.NET MVC application which is hosted on Azure and uses Azure Blob Storage.
So far so good; but since this business uses Office 365 it seemed to me logical to have users log in using Azure Active Directory (AD). Visual Studio 2013,
…continue reading Developing an ASP.NET MVC app with Azure Active Directory: an ordeal
I rashly agreed to create a small web application that uploads files into Azure storage. Azure Blob storage is Microsoft’s equivalent to Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), a cloud service for storing files of up to 200GB.
File upload performance can be an issue, though if you want to test how fast your application can
…continue reading Notes from the field: putting Azure Blob storage into practice
Microsoft’s Soma Somasegar has announced the next version of Visual Studio, currently known as Visual Studio 14, but likely to be fully released in 2015 (and, I am guessing, likely to be called Visual Studio 2015).
This is a major release. It includes a new VB and C# compiler which is itself written in managed
…continue reading Visual Studio “14” announced, preview available with “Roslyn” open source compiler
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
When Microsoft first announced Azure, at its PDC Conference in October 2008, I was not impressed. Here is the press release, if you fancy a look back. It was not so much the technology – though with hindsight Microsoft’s failure to offer plain old Windows VMs from the beginning was a mistake – but rather,
…continue reading Office, Azure Active Directory, and mobile: the three pillars of Microsoft’s cloud
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