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
Microsoft has released an update for .NET Framework 4.5 which you may have noticed flying past if you keep an eye on Windows Update in Windows 8. The update is described here, and it is a big one. For example, in the Network Class Library:
Assume that you run a .NET Framework 4.5-based application that
…continue reading Microsoft updates .NET Framework 4.5 for Windows 8, Server 2012 to fix performance, bugs
Microsoft’s Visual Studio LightSwitch is an innovative development tool that lets you build multi-tier database applications without ever designing the user interface directly. Instead, you work with defining the database and the the features you want on your screens. LightSwitch generates the user interface for you. You can also add code snippets, and advanced developers
…continue reading Visual Studio LightSwitch HTML: mainly for mobile
Xamarin has released Xamarin Mac which adds Mac support to the existing iOS and Android compilers from the company:
MonoTouch: apps for iPhone and iPad using the MonoDevelop IDE on the Mac Mono for Android: apps for Android using either Visual Studio or MonoDevelop Xamarin.Mac: apps for Mac OS X using MonoDevelop on the Mac
…continue reading Xamarin brings C# to development of apps for the Mac App Store