A post by Ahmet Alp Balkan on working as a developer at Microsoft has stimulated much discussion. Balkan says he joined Microsoft 8 months ago (or two years ago if you count when he started as an intern) and tells a depressing tale (couched in odd language) of poor programming practice. Specifically:
Lack of documentation
…continue reading Microsoft and mediocrity in programming
Is Microsoft Azure now a billion dollar business? Maybe, maybe not. The milestone was announced by Curt Anderson, CFO for Server and Tools at Microsoft, in this Bloomberg piece:
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows Azure software and related programs have surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time … Microsoft’s $1 billion sales figure
…continue reading Billion dollar revenue or not, Microsoft Azure is growing fast
Embarcadero is removing Prism from the next version of RAD Studio, XE4, expected later this month.
Prism is actually a third-party product, based on RemObjects Oxygene. Prism and Oxygene let you code in Delphi and compile to .NET or Mono.
Marc Hoffman from RemObjects explains the change here:
Starting with the upcoming release of
…continue reading No more Delphi for .NET: Prism removed from RAD Studio XE4
Xamarin, a company which provides tools for cross-platform development in C#, has announced its acquisition of LessPainful and the creation of cloud-based testing for mobile apps based on LessPainful’s technology and the Calabash scripting language it created.
The Test Cloud will perform automated user-interface tests on real devices, hosted by Xamarin, will provide detailed reports
…continue reading Xamarin acquires LessPainful, announces Test Cloud for mobile apps
Now we know why Microsoft has been so reluctant to divulge details of how to deploy a business app that uses the Windows Runtime (also known as Metro apps or Windows Store apps; though in this case the Windows Store app designation is particularly silly since these apps are precisely not Store apps).
…continue reading Internal Windows Runtime apps are prohibitively expensive to deploy, says Microsoft Regional Director
Following my piece on different approaches to building the user interface in cross-platform frameworks, twitter user Sam Hogarth pointed me to the PropertyCross project. This implements a non-trivial application in 8 different cross-platform tools, covering Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Note that only four of the frameworks support Windows Phone.
Using the pie charts presented
…continue reading Cross-platform frameworks ordered by percentage of shared code
Cross-platform development is a big deal, and will continue to be so until a day comes when everyone uses the same platform. Android? HTML? WebKit? iOS? Windows? Maybe one day, but for now the world is multi-platform, and unless you can afford to ignore all platforms but one, or to develop independent projects for each
…continue reading Xamarin vs Titanium vs FireMonkey: should cross-platform tools abstract the GUI?
Xamarin has announced significant updates to its developer platform. Xamarin is the company formed around 18 months ago, when Novell discontinued its investment in Mono, a cross-platform implementation of C# and the .NET Framework. Its focus is on mobile platforms, in particular iOS and Android, though there is also support for the Mac. On Windows
…continue reading Xamarin 2.0 and Xamarin Studio announced, build for OSX, iOS and Android with C#
Microsoft has announced Git integration in both the Visual Studio IDE and the Team Foundation Service hosted source code management system. According to Technical Fellow Brian Harry:
1. Team Foundation Server will host Git repositories – and more concretely, Team Foundation Service has support for hosting Git repositories starting today.
2. Visual Studio will
…continue reading Microsoft’s Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server get Git integration
CAST has released an intriguing report on Java applications and software quality.
The company analysed 497 applications, comprising 152 million lines of code across 88 organisations and six global industries. It then looked at how software quality correlated with frameworks used.
◾Hibernate has the highest quality scores. ◾Applications built with Struts have the lowest quality
…continue reading Java software quality: frameworks good, Struts or C++ bad says report