A post by Ahmet Alp Balkan on working as a developer at Microsoft has stimulated much discussion. Balkan says he joined Microsoft 8 months ago (or two years ago if you count when he started as an intern) and tells a depressing tale (couched in odd language) of poor programming practice. Specifically:
Lack of documentation
…continue reading Microsoft and mediocrity in programming
Embarcadero has released RAD Studio XE4, its suite of development tools for Window, Web and for the first time, Apple iOS. iOS support first appeared in an earlier release, but in preview, and the current effort works using a new LLVM-based ARM compiler so is somewhat unlike the preview. Individual products such as Delphi XE4
…continue reading RAD Studio XE4 with Delphi for iOS is here. Who will use it?
I wanted to test an app on Surface RT this morning, though I am out of the office with just a Samsung Slate (has Visual Studio), the Surface, and hotel wi-fi.
You can do remote debugging on Surface RT as explained here, however you need a private network.
I set up an ad-hoc network from
…continue reading How to test and debug an app on Surface RT in a hotel room
RIM chief Thorsten Heins says in an interview that his company may license the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system to third parties. Here is the key quote:
We don’t have the economy of scale to compete against the guys who crank out 60 handsets a year. We have to differentiate and have a
…continue reading RIM hints at move to license BlackBerry 10 OS to third parties
Many developers prefer to code against dark backgrounds, according to this post by Monty Hammontree, Director of User Experience in Microsoft’s developer tools division.
Many of you have expressed a preference for coding within a dark editor. For example, dark editor themes dominate the list of all-time favorites at web sites such as http://studiostyl.es/ which
…continue reading Developers like coding in the dark
I am in London for the QCon event, a vendor-neutral development conference which I have been fortunate to attend regularly over the last few years.
These events tend to have an underlying theme, which reflects the current thinking of developers and software architects. Each year I hear cogent and thoughtful explanations of why this
…continue reading The most enduring software development techniques revealed at QCon London
I attended The Monki Gras in London yesterday, a distinctive developer event arranged by the analyst firm RedMonk.
This was not only a developer event, with the likes of Andre Charland and Dave Johnson from the PhoneGap team at Adobe, Mike Milinkovich the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, and Jason Hoffman with Bryan
…continue reading How to brew better software: The Monki Gras in London
I spoke to Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie yesterday, just before today’s announcement of the opening of an EMEA headquarters in Reading. It has only 4 or 5 staff at the moment, mostly sales and marketing, but will expand into professional services and training.
Appcelerator’s product is a cross-platform (though see below) development platform for both
…continue reading Appcelerator CEO on EMEA expansion, Titanium vs PhoneGap, and how WebKit drives HTML5 standards
Among my top books for 2011 is this one by Jez Humble and David Farley. I reviewed it here, and it also sparked some discussion of what is the difference between the various continuous software development/deployment models.
I have a spare copy of this book to give away. All you need to do is comment
…continue reading Holiday season free giveaway: a must-read for developers