I attended a Microsoft Cloud Day in London organised by the Azure User Group; I booked this when Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich was set to attend, but regrettably he cancelled at a late stage. I skipped the substitute keynote by UK Microsoftie Dave Coplin as I heard the very same talk earlier this month, so
…continue reading Microsoft Azure: growing but still has image problems
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
Apple has announced a new programming language, called Swift. (There was already a language called Swift, used for parallel scripting, but Apple links to the other Swift in case you land on the wrong page. So far it looks like the other Swift has not returned the favour).
For as long as I can remember,
…continue reading Apple’s Swift programming language: easy coding for OS X and iOS at last?
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
…continue reading Hands on with Cordova in Visual Studio
Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Code (BASIC) has turned fifty, as reported on The Reg and by Jack Schofield on ZDNet. A great moment in computer history, or would we have been better off without it?
My first computer (a Commodore PET) ran Basic from ROM, and without it you could do nothing, though developers bypassed it
…continue reading Brief reflections on 50 years of BASIC
Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia today, a milestone in the turbulent story both of Nokia and of Windows Phone, which Nokia adopted in the hope of establishing a “third ecosystem” to challenge Apple iOS and Google Android.
Rumour has it that the Nokia acquisition was controversial within Microsoft and a large factor in
…continue reading Microsoft completes Nokia acquisition: what now for Windows Phone?
…continue reading A little bit of magic from Adobe PhoneGap: instant app preview on a device
Two issues I have seen recently:
1. A Windows 7 laptop which belonged to a developer and was being passed on to a new user. However, although you could create the new user, you could not log in as that user. The error was “User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be
…continue reading Windows problems: new users cannot log in, SQL Server 2014 install fails
One intriguing new feature in Micrsosoft’s SQL Server 2014 is the ability to create or attach databases whose files are in Azure blog storage. This sounds like something that would not work at all well: why would you want a database engine to mount files located hundreds or thousands of miles away? However, the feature
…continue reading Hands on: SQL Server 2014 with data files in Azure Blob Storage