The Windows 10 anniversary update introduced a major new feature: a subsystem for Linux. Microsoft marketing execs call this Bash on Windows; Ubuntu calls it Ubuntu on Windows; but Windows Subsystem for Linux is the most accurate description. You run a Linux binary and the subsystem redirects system calls so that it behaves like Linux.
…continue reading Microsoft improves Windows Subsystem for Linux: launch Windows apps from Linux and vice versa
I’ve been at GitHub Universe in San Francisco for the last few days. Around 1500 developers (not sure if that figure includes staff and exhibitors) in a warehouse at Pier 70. The venue was beautifully converted into an interaction space. Here is the view from outside as we were leaving; Octocat seems to be waving
…continue reading On GitHub and GitHub Universe
I am writing a Bridge game in C# – yes, I have been doing this for some time, it does run now but it is not ready for public unveiling.
It is good fun though and a learning experience, as I am writing it as a Windows 8 Store app. This means it can
…continue reading Adapting a native code DLL to be called from a Store or Universal Windows app
I have been trying out Microsoft’s Nano Server Preview and wrote up initial experiences for the Register. One of the things I mentioned is that I could not get an ASP.NET app successfully deployed. After a bit more effort, and help from a member of the team, I am glad to say that I have
…continue reading Running ASP.NET 5.0 on Nano Server preview
I attended the “Holographic Academy” during Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. It was aimed at developers, and we got a hands-on experience of coding a simple HoloLens app and viewing the results. We were forbidden from taking pictures so you will have to make do with my words; this also means I do not
…continue reading HoloLens: a developer hands-on
StackOverflow, a popular (and the best) site for programming queries, has published its annual developer survey. Respondents included:
26,086 people from 157 countries participated in our 45-question survey. 6,800 identified as full-stack developers, 1,900 as mobile developers, 1,200 as front-end developers, 2 as farmers, and 12,000 as something else.
That is a decent sample size,
…continue reading StackOverflow developer survey shows decline in C#, Windows
Embarcadero has posted a roadmap for RAD Studio 2015, its suite of tools for building apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
Note that the company says the (sketchy) plans outlined are “not a promise, or a contract”.
I will be interested to see if the company intends to support the Windows 10 Universal App
…continue reading Delphi and RAD Studio 2015 roadmap: no Universal Apps?
I attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week – with 93,000 attendees and 2,100 exhibitors according to the latest figures.
It was a big event for Microsoft’s new Windows. It started for me on the Saturday before, when Acer unveiled a low-end Windows Phone (write-up on the Reg). Next was Microsoft’s press conference;
…continue reading Windows 10 at Mobile World Congress 2015: a quick reflection
Windows 10 for phones is now available on preview; I wrote a first-look piece for The Register here. I like it better than I had expected; it is a bit laggy but pretty much stable and with some compelling new features.
The main interest of the preview for me though is the appearance of first-party
…continue reading Universal Apps: a look at Microsoft’s first efforts on Phone and PC
Microsoft is revealing its Windows 10 plans in stages, presumably in part to build up expectation and get feedback, and in part because some pieces are ready to show before others.
Today in Redmond Microsoft shared a number of new features. In quick summary:
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Windows
…continue reading Windows 10 and HoloLens: quick thoughts and questions following the January reveal