The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.
Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.
This panel discussion mostly covers XAML, but there are still some thoughts on its relationship to WPF and the desktop in general.
The destination of Microsoft's Roslyn project has been revealed: the rewrite of the C# and VB compilers has been released under an open source license by Microsoft. Not only will users benefit from the improved tooling Roslyn supports, they can also look under the hood to add features or analyze behavior.
The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.
A panel of 9 Microsoft desktop developers were available during a lunch time Q&A. This session was not filmed, but we were able to record some of the WPF questions and Microsoft’s answers.
Today felt like a day of housekeeping. Mostly it was about promoting products from preview/beta to production status. There were some big revelations around opening sourcing Roslyn the formation of the .NET Foundation, but even these were just doing what the community has been asking for all along.
Spark users can now use a new Big Data platform provided by intelligence company Atigeo, which bundles most of the UC Berkeley stack into a unified framework optimized for low-latency data processing that can provide significant improvements over more traditional Hadoop-based platforms.
Windows Phone 8.1 has several features that developers can utilize to improve their apps and provide a better user experience.
.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.
Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.
As new combinations of hardware, operating system version, and carrier customizations continue to proliferate, testing mobile devices has grown increasingly challenging. Perfecto Mobile’s solution to this is their “Devices as a Service” offering called MobileCloud. Rather than purchasing all of the devices you need for testing, MobileCloud allows you to rent them on an hourly or monthly basis.
Microsoft's TypeScript language has now reached official 1.0 status and is available for use on several platfroms, including VS2012/VS2013, Eclipse, and in source form.
It may come as a surprise to you, but Visual Basic 6 is still a major component of many larger enterprises, especially in the financial sector. And with Windows XP rapidly approaching its end of life companies are again left with the painful question of how to leave it behind.
More than anything else, architectural choices matter when designing a system with high scalability and availability. Using Azure customers as an example, Microsoft talks about the patterns and anti-patterns they see with their Azure customers and how it affects the four facets of system architecture.