Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Code (BASIC) has turned fifty, as reported on The Reg and by Jack Schofield on ZDNet. A great moment in computer history, or would we have been better off without it?
My first computer (a Commodore PET) ran Basic from ROM, and without it you could do nothing, though developers bypassed it
…continue reading Brief reflections on 50 years of BASIC
Problem: You have a ListView containing data. You want to vary the appearance of items in the ListView according to the value of the data.
I spent some time on this in relation to a panel for a game I am writing. For example, you have a ListView containing numbers. How can you have negative
…continue reading Notes on styling a Windows Store app ListView to vary item appearance according to the data
Embarcadero is spilling the beans on a new development tool called AppMethod, which has its own site here and a little more information on TechCrunch. A fuller reveal is promised at SXSW, which kicks off on March 7 in Austin, Texas.
But what is AppMethod? The IDE looks very like Delphi, the languages are
…continue reading Embarcadero pre-announces AppMethod cross-platform development tool: Delphi repackaged?
I’m at QCon London, an annual developer conference which is among my favourites thanks to its vendor-neutral content.
One of the highlights of the first day was Tom Stuart’s talk on impossible programs. Using a series of entertaining and mostly self-referential examples, Stuart described why certain computing problems are uncomputable. He also discussed the “Halting
…continue reading Why you cannot prove software correctness: report from QCon London
Microsoft has improved its browser-based Windows Phone App Studio beta and added the ability to generate Windows Store apps. The changes are described here.
First, a quick tour. App Studio is carefully described as a tool for building “content-based apps”. The personal use case is an app to show off your recent holiday, favourite band,
…continue reading Microsoft improves its web app builder for Windows Phone, but where is it going with this?
The QCon London conference is on in early March (5-7). It is always a conference I look forward to since it is vendor neutral, though with an agile flavour. Although it covers high scale systems it is not the place to go if you think heavyweight Enterprise middleware from a big name vendor will solve
…continue reading What’s on at the QCon London software development conference (and a discount for readers)
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