Yesterday Xamarin, which offers tools for targeting iOS, Android and Mac with C#, announced a partnership with Microsoft, an announcement which I wrote up on The Register. It drew a few comments, several complaining about the cost:
So it cost more then Visual Studio Pro.
And that is for 1 target platform?
…continue reading What does Xamarin’s success say about open source versus proprietary? Miguel de Icaza says he has never been happier
I use AWStats to analyse logs on several web sites that I manage. After a recent upgrade to Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” I was puzzled to find that my web stats were no longer being updated.
I verified that the Cron job which runs the update script was running. I verified that if I ran the
…continue reading Fixing lack of output in AWstats after Debian Linux upgrade
Some have declared the mobile OS battle over, won by Apple and Google Android between them. Microsoft and RIM Blackberry will fight it out for third and fourth place.
Maybe, but I doubt it will be so simple. There are not one, not two, but three further open source mobile operating systems which have significant
…continue reading Not just a four-horse race: three new mobile operating systems joining the fray
Steam maker Valve has announced that it is expanding beyond games, to sell software titles that “range from creativity to productivity”.
The Steam software is more than just a store. The platform handles updates, digital rights management, and supports multiplayer gaming. It also forms a chat network. The Steam overlay lets users access Steam
…continue reading Valve announces Steam-powered apps beyond games as well as embracing Linux
I was intrigued by reports of nide, a web-based IDE for Node.js. It was one of the entries in the Node.js Knockout challenge last summer.
So how do you install it? One line on Linux; but I did not want to put it on my web server and I re-purposed my spare Linux machine last
…continue reading Trying out nide – a cloud IDE for Node.js
At Microsoft BUILD earlier this month I arrived early to hear Anders Hejlsberg talk about the future of C#, and found myself next to Miguel de Icaza, co-creator of the GNOME desktop and of Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft .NET. I took the opportunity to ask a few questions, which I have his
…continue reading Miguel de Icaza talks about Windows 8 and the failure of Linux on the desktop
Vision Mobile has published a report on what it calls the Open Governance Index. The theory is that if you want to measure the extent to which an open source project is really open, you should look at its governance, rather than focusing on the license under which code is released:
The governance model used
…continue reading Android only 23% open says report; Linux, Eclipse win praise
I noticed the following remark from Embarcadero’s David Intersimone regarding Delphi, its application builder based on Pascal.
We are putting Delphi (and C++Builder) everywhere this year and over the next 5 years. Today you can use Delphi for Desktop, Client/Server, Multi-Tier, Cloud, Web, Web Services (REST and SOAP). This year you will also be able
…continue reading Embarcadero promises Delphi everywhere: Mac, iOS this year, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone to follow
Adobe is giving up on AIR for Linux – at least, in a fully supported manner:
To support the variety of Linux-based platforms across PCs and devices, we are prioritizing a Linux porting kit for AIR (including source code), which Open Screen Project (OSP) partners can use to complete implementations of AIR for Linux-based platforms
…continue reading Cross-platform concerns as Adobe abandons AIR for Linux
RunRev LiveCode is a cross-platform development tool for Mac, Windows, Linux, Web, Apple iOS and, from this month, Google Android.
It is an individualistic tool inspired by Apple’s original (but now obsolete) HyperCard and HyperTalk, in which the building blocks of your application are stacks and cards. A stack is like a window, and
…continue reading Hands On with RunRev LiveCode: rapid development for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows