Four years ago, on 28th September 2010, the open source LibreOffice productivity suite was created by forking OpenOffice. This Microsoft Office alternative offers a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, vector drawing package, and database manager. Its origins are in a German suite called Star Office, which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1999. In an
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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
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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
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It’s curious. Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been in place for only a month which means that almost everything announced at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference which took place last week in San Francisco, must have been set before he was appointed; yet there was a sense of “all things new” at the event, as
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Microsoft’s Herb Sutter spoke at Microsoft Build in San Francisco on the future of C++.
Microsoft has been criticised for being slow to implement all the features of ISO C++ 11. Sutter says most features are now included in the public preview of Visual Studio 2013 – which has a “Go Live” license so
…continue reading Visual C++ will implement all of C++ 11 and C++ 14, some of C99 says Microsoft
An email from VideoLAN concerning the port of the open source VLC media player to WinRT, the tablet platform in Windows 8, provides insight into some of the technical difficulties facing open source developers.
This is the heart of the problem:
The build process of VLC is not integrated with Windows Tools, notably Visual
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Today at its Software Conference in Paris Intel presented its HTML5 development tools.
There is an intriguing comment here:
…continue reading Intel fights back against iOS with free tools for HTML5 cross-platform mobile development
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#