As if we needed telling, a new Gartner report shows a steep decline in the PC market in Western Europe. A “PC” in this context includes Macs but excludes smartphones and what Gartner called “media tablets”, mostly Apple iPads. A few figures comparing shipments in the second quarter 2011 with the same period in 2010:
…continue reading Reports of 19% decline in Western European PC market show structural change
I am doing some work on a Mac at the moment. On Windows I store passwords in PasswordSafe, an open source utility that works well, so I wondered if I could access my PasswordSafe database from the Mac.
I could have run the Windows version in Parallels, which I have just installed, but I
…continue reading Building PasswordSafe for the Mac: Lion development hassles
I’ve just set up Parallels Desktop 6 on a Mac, in preparation for some development work. Installed Parallels, created a new virtual machine, and selected a Windows 7 Professional with SP1 CD image downloaded from Microsoft’s excellent MSDN subscription service.
The way this works is that you install the Parallels application and the create a
…continue reading Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac: nice work but beware Windows security settings
Embarcardero is drip-feeding information about its forthcoming RAD Studio XE2 in an annoying manner; nevertheless the product does look interesting and promises cross-platform native code apps for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, Mac OS X and Apple iOS. I have grabbed some screens from a video recently posted by Embarcadero’s Andreano Lanusse; the video is also
…continue reading Delphi for Windows, Mac and iOS: screenshots and video of cross-platform development
Embarcadero’s David Intersimone has posted more details of what is coming in the new version of Delphi and RAD Studio XE2, to tie in with an international publicity tour.
One intriguing comment is a reference to FireMonkey:
with FireMonkey, the GPU-powered next-generation application platform, you’ll be able to create visually stunning HD and 3D
…continue reading What’s coming in Delphi RAD Studio XE2: more details of 64-bit and Mac announced, introducing FireMonkey
A few recent events prompt some reflections on the rise of app stores and the implications for developers and for the IT industry.
One is Apple’s OS X Lion release, available only through the Mac App Store; and the removal of the optical drive on the Mac Mini, making it hard to install shrink-wrap software.
…continue reading Living in an App Store world: what are the implications?
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