I’m just back from Microsoft’s BUILD conference at Anaheim in California, which lived up to the hype as a key moment of transition for the company. Some said it was the most significant PDC – yes, it was really the Professional Developers Conference renamed – since 2000, when .NET was introduced; some said the most
…continue reading Reflections on Microsoft BUILD 2011
I’ve just come out of Martyn Lovell’s talk on WinRT internals here at BUILD in Anaheim, California.
Make no mistake: Microsoft has re-invented the Windows API in WinRT. Just to recap, WinRT is the API for Metro-style applications, the touch-centric, app-centric API for tablets and, one presumes, eventually for Windows Phone (though Microsoft has yet
…continue reading A few facts about Microsoft’s new Windows Runtime
A detailed benchmark posted on codeproject investigates the performance of basic operations including string handling, hash tables, math generics, simple arithmetic, sorting, file scanning and (for C#) platform invoke of native code. These are the conclusions:
There is only a small performance penalty for C# on the desktop versus C++. Mono is generally slower than
…continue reading C# vs C++ and .NET vs Mono vs Compact Framework performance tests
I am wary about writing another post on this subject in the absence of any further news, but since there is a lot of speculation out there I thought it would be worth making a few further observations.
Will Windows 8 support Silverlight and/or some other variety of .NET in its new touch-centric mode? I
…continue reading Common sense on Windows 8, Silverlight and .NET
A discussion with a friend about the origins of Microsoft’s .NET runtime prompted a little research. How did it come about?
A quick search does not throw up any detailed accounts. Part of the problem is that much of it is internal Microsoft history, confidential at the time.
One strand, mentioned here, is Colusa’s OmniVM:
Today, we also talked a bit about how
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There is a long discussion over on the official Silverlight forum about Microsoft’s Windows 8 demo at D9 and what was said, and not said; and another over on Channel 9, Microsoft’s video-centric community site for developers.
At D9 Microsoft showed that Windows 8 has a dual personality. In one mode it has a touch-centric
…continue reading Microsoft refuses to comment as .NET developers fret about Windows 8
Mono is an open source implementation of .NET, formerly sponsored by Novell, and its future following Novell’s acquisition by Attachmate has been the subject of speculation.
Today Mono leader Miguel de Icaza has revealed new plans. In a blog post, he announces Xamarin, a new company focused on Mono. This company will build new commercial
…continue reading Mono splits from Novell/Attachmate to form basis of new company
It is a busy time for cross-platform toolkits. Adobe has released AIR 2.6, and reading the list of what’s new you would think it was mainly for mobile, since the notes focus on new features for Apple iOS, though AIR is also a runtime for Windows, Linux and desktop Mac. New features for iOS include
…continue reading Adobe AIR 2.6, MonoMac 1.0, cross-platform is not dead yet