I am at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, and have been struck by the number of new Windows 8 tablets on display. Some are hybrid laptop/tablet affairs, but there are also small tablets at keen prices (less than $199) which look superficially similar to Android tablets.
Under the covers though, they
…continue reading Another go at Windows 8 from Microsoft’s hardware partners but strategy puzzles remain
No matter how much market share Android grabs: it is Apple’s App Store that started this app thing rolling. Never forget that OS vendors and phone operators tried to push app stores before Apple came in, but fragmentation, horrible user interaction design, billing issues and perplexing compatibility problems made them a dead loss for most
…continue reading Curating an app store: does Apple have it right?
Embarcadero has released version 7 of its XE programming suite. The main products included are Delphi and C++ Builder, RAD development tools that share the same underlying libraries and visual designers but give developers a choice of language. Delphi uses an object-oriented evolution of Pascal.
Delphi is best known as a Windows Programming Tool
…continue reading Embarcadero RAD Studio XE7 (Delphi, C++Builder): is seven the magic number?
Microsoft’s Todd Brix has posted about misleading apps in Windows Store:
Every app store finds its own balance between app quality and choice, which in turn opens the door to people trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions. Our approach has long been to create and enforce strong but transparent policies to
…continue reading Microsoft’s broken Windows Store: an unconvincing official response and the wider questions
I am about to hand back my Surface Pro 3 after a week or so of use – how is it?
I reviewed the Surface on The Register, where I tried to bring out the changed focus of the device, compared to the first two iterations. Surface RT (the first to be released) was
…continue reading Hands on with Surface Pro 3
It is a case of “right time, right place” for Xamarin, as it scoops up Windows developers who need either to transition to iOS and Android, or to add mobile support to existing applications. You can also port applications to the Mac with its cross-platform development framework based on C#; no bad thing as Mac
…continue reading Xamarin announces large round of funding, plans international expansion
Microsoft has updated its Bing Developer Assistant Beta, a Visual Studio 2013 add-in which hooks into IntelliSense so that you get code samples as well as brief documentation. For example, in an Entity Framework project, if you select dbContext.SaveChanges, you get a code sample which uses that method.
There is no guarantee of course
…continue reading Bing Developer Assistant adds code samples to Visual Studio IntelliSense, with mixed results
I have recently completed (if applications are ever completed) an application which runs on Microsoft’s Azure platform. I used lots of Microsoft technology:
Visual Studio 2013 Visual Studio Online with Team Foundation version control ASP.NET MVC 4.0 Entity Framework 4.0 Azure SQL Azure Active Directory Azure Web Sites Azure Blob Storage Microsoft .NET 4.5 with
…continue reading Developing an app on Microsoft Azure: a few quick reflections
I have been working on a project which I thought would be simpler than it turned out to be – nothing new there, most software projects are like that.
The project involves upload and download of large files from Azure storage. There is a database as part of the application, nothing too demanding, but requiring
…continue reading Should you use Entity Framework for .NET applications?
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
…continue reading The UK government is adopting Open Document: some observations