Microsoft has launched a “Keep the cash” offer to developers. Publish up to 20 apps, 10 for Windows Phone and 10 for Windows 8, and get $100 for each of them.
The offer is little use for most of the world. The terms state that “Offer good only to legal residents of the 50
…continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 8 app problem will not be solved by incentivising junk
I attend numerous technical events, most of which are vendor-specific. There is nothing wrong with vendor-specific events. If you want to explore what is on offer from that vendor and quiz their people, they are ideal. You will be aware though that they are promotional events and give you a skewed view of the world,
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CAST has released an intriguing report on Java applications and software quality.
The company analysed 497 applications, comprising 152 million lines of code across 88 organisations and six global industries. It then looked at how software quality correlated with frameworks used.
◾Hibernate has the highest quality scores. ◾Applications built with Struts have the lowest quality
…continue reading Java software quality: frameworks good, Struts or C++ bad says report
A developer on the XDA Developers forum, known as clrokr, has figured out how to run unsigned applications on Windows RT (Windows on ARM), including Microsoft’s own-brand Surface RT device.
The technique is described here and involves patching the Windows kernel. Currently it is not possible to jailbreak Windows RT completely, because Secure Boot prevents
…continue reading Hacking Windows RT and Surface RT to run desktop apps
Windows component vendor Telerik has acquired Fiddler, a free tool for inspecting and modifying web traffic, usually used to test and debug network and application issues. The announcement states that Fiddler’s creator Eric Lawrence, currently at Microsoft, is joining Telerik’s testing division.
The story seems to be that Fiddler was a spare time activity
…continue reading Telerik acquires Fiddler
Embarcadero has announced 54% growth in sales of Delphi and C++ Builder, its rapid application development tools, in 2011 vs 2010. These tools primarily target Windows, but in the 2011 XE2 edition also support Mac and iOS applications. XE2 also added a 64-bit compiler, making this the most significant Delphi release for years. The company
…continue reading Cross-platform Windows and Mac lifts Delphi sales by 54%
One thing that is easy to overlook in all the talk about Windows Phone, Nokia, and Microsoft’s prospects against iPhone and Android, is that the Windows Phone developer platform has substantially improved with the 7.1 SDK – the phone is 7.5 but the SDK is 7.1, just to confuse you.
Here are a few highlights
…continue reading Developing for Windows Phone: what’s new
Windows Phone 7 is a managed code platform, we’ve been told at Mix10 in Las Vegas. Development is via Silverlight or XNA; there is no native API.
Of course there is a native API; the question is more about what code is allowed to access it. Still, in the press briefing the spokesman was clear
…continue reading No native code development on Windows Phone 7 says Microsoft – so what about Flash?