It used to be that to develop with Microsoft technologies developers would have to pay up for development tools if they wanted the best experience. These days with all the options developers have, getting someone to pay for tools can be difficult.
Recently I wiped of one of my development machines and realized this is no longer the case while installing various tools.
It's well known that Microsoft has been moving towards open sourcing many of their projects like…
In my last blog post I wrote about Windows 10 preview for phones. Yesterday Microsoft released the latest technical preview for Windows 10 on desktops, build 10061. With the rumored end of July release date of Windows 10 here is a look at where Windows 10 is today. The current build is the most refined one yet, but is still very buggy and hopefully…Continue
Nearly 2 years ago I blogged about my experiences using Windows Phone for 6 months. I’m back to update my impression of Windows Phone as a whole and also blog about Windows 10 for phones. Windows Phone has gone through several updates and in early February 2015 Microsoft released the first Tech Preview for Windows 10 on…Continue
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One thing I noticed in 2014 was an overall push to “learn to code”. Today computers are everywhere and we are only getting more reliant on them every day. It makes sense that more people and kids in particular are being exposed to programming. Here are some resources that I have found very easy to set up if you want to teach your kids about programming. Since I mainly use Windows this will be mainly a Windows centric post. Also because this is a list of resources for kids I am…Continue
Being able to solve problems and fix bugs is probably high on the list of things that make a programmer a good programmer. These days programming is assisted with many tools and techniques. Stepping through code using advanced IDEs and debuggers find many issues before they become issues. Intellisense, code completion and syntax highlighting also reduce bugs before they can become bugs. Exception handling and error logging help a lot when issues occur in programs. Testing…Continue
I like to try to keep up with new technologies. Being a developer who has used Microsoft development tools all my career I’m always interested in seeing what is coming next. Recently Microsoft unveiled ASP.NET vNext and it seems to be their most ambitious version of ASP.NET yet.
Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to in ASP.NET vNext
Recently I visited Japan. The last time I visited was in 2010. Japan has always been known for it’s electronics and technology so I was looking forward to seeing how it’s changed in four years and how it differs from the U.S. These are just my personal observations so they may not be indicative of actual trends or market share figures.
Create apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 without coding.
The biggest issue facing Windows and Windows Phone is the relative scarcity of apps compared to Android and iOS. Microsoft faces an uphill battle in attempting to sway companies and mobile developers into building apps for Windows Phone.
One of the offerings created to help close this gap is called App Studio. App Studio was first released last…Continue
About a year ago Adobe announced that it would be ending their Creative Suite offering, rebranding their applications under the Creative Cloud. Customers would no longer be able to pay once for most of the main Adobe software and use it forever. Instead they now need to pay monthly and will no longer be able to use the software if they stop paying. I don’t use Adobe software extensively, but there are times when I need to so I decided to try it out for a year using their…Continue
The Mac turned 30 today. Happy Birthday, Mac! Apple has been through ups and downs in those 30 years, but now they are one of the most successful companies in the world. That’s thanks in large part to the success of their iPods, iPhones and iPads, but the Mac remains a mainstay of Apple’s product line.
For years analysts have predicted that…Continue
Do you have a smartphone? Chances are you do. Whether it is an iPhone, an Android phone or any one of the many other smartphones out there it is clear that the age of the feature phone (dumbphone) is past. This year, for the first time, smartphone sales have exceeded dumbphone sales worldwide.
The explosion of smartphones is due to the steady march of technology getting better and lowering costs. Smartphones have dropped in cost from $600+ in the early 2000’s…Continue
Sometimes it seems like there is a new mobile phone or device announced every day. It’s an exciting time when the things we could only dream about 15 years ago are becoming reality. What do we have to look forward to in the next few years and beyond?
Near Field Communication (NFC)
The technology allows interaction between devices and even unpowered chips or tags. It’s already used in a…Continue
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Last winter I bought a Lumia 920 which runs Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is a large overhaul of Windows Phone 7 because now it uses the same kernel as Windows 8. It also added support for better hardware and a more flexible development framework. Previously I have used the original iPhone, the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy Nexus Google Android phone. I have never seen anyone with a Windows Phone and I thought it looked neat so I decided to try it…Continue
Xamarin Studio is an IDE that allows developers to create iOS, Android and Mac apps using C#. Recently Xamarin released Xamarin Studio 2.0 and along with a free Starter edition. While the Starter edition is very limited it allows developers to see what Xamarin Studio is like and how writing Android apps using C# works. I was hoping to create an iOS app, but it turns out a Mac is still required in order to write iOS apps even…Continue
Today Canonical officially announced Ubuntu for phones http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone. Usually a new phone OS announcement is not much to get excited about, but Ubuntu’s entry has been anticipated for years. I am interested in this because Canonical’s Ubuntu is the most widely adopted and supported Linux distribution and they are promising a level of convergence never seen before. Eventually Ubuntu will be able to run the same OS on…Continue
When developing web sites it’s a good practice to address security from the start. Here are some basic security tips that I find many sites overlook.
In recent years smartphones have become part of many people's daily lives. They are used to communicate, stay updated, take photos, listen to music and entertain us with hundreds of thousands of apps. People carry their cellphones around with them wherever they go. They wake up with them, eat with them and go to bed with them.
For companies this presents another opportunity to market and reach out to customers. If you or your company is considering a mobile presence there are…