Since the beginning of October I have been working two days a week for The Register. I am still freelance for the other three days so also available for other work.
Why the Register? I have been contributing for some years and there are several things I like about the publication. It is known of
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At last month’s @Scale conference in San Francisco, developers from a number of well-known companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and others) spoke about the challenge of scaling applications and services to millions or even billions of users.
Among the speakers was Igor Zaika, Distinguished Engineer in the Microsoft Office team, and the video (embedded below)
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“It’s like a Microsoft developer event back when they were good,” one exhibitor here at Xamarin Evolve in Atlanta told me, and I do see what he means. There is plenty of buzz, since Xamarin is just three years old as a company and growing fast; there is the sense of an emerging technology, and
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The popular media playback app VLC is coming to Windows Phone as well as Windows tablets, according to an email sent to supporters of its Kickstarter project for VLC for WinRT (Windows Runtime).
A new preview release has been made available on the Windows Store, with the following changes:
using libVLC 2.2.0 core, redesign of
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Why did Microsoft call the Windows release after 8 version 10 rather than 9?
Windows boss Terry Myerson said it was because it was such a huge release – but then he would say that.
A more prosaic reason could be the old software problem of false version detection. After all, we have had Windows
…continue reading Is this why it is Windows 10 (not 9): avoiding Windows 95 detection?
Testing a mobile app is challenging, thanks to operating system fragmentation combined with diversity of hardware. In April 2013 Xamarin acquired a company called LessPainful, specialists in functional testing for mobile apps, which had created a mobile app testing tool called Calabash. Calabash is based on Cucumber, and lets you define test steps and then
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Google announced at its I/O conference in June 2014 that Android apps are coming to its Chrome OS. Earlier this month product managers Ken Mixter and Josh Woodward announced that the first four Android apps are available in the Chromebook app store: Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words and Vine.
I delayed posting about this until I
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How important is the Azure portal, the web-based user interface for managing Microsoft’s cloud computing platform? You can argue that it is not all that important. Developers and users care more about the performance and reliability of the services themselves. You can also control Azure services through PowerShell scripts.
My view is the opposite though.
…continue reading Microsoft Azure: new preview portal is “designed like an operating system” but is it better?
Microsoft has removed some friction from developing for the Windows Store (whether phone or Windows 8) by removing the requirement to pay an annual subscription:
As we continue to execute on the vision to integrate the Windows and Windows Phone developer experiences, we have taken another step by moving to a one-time lifelong Dev Center
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