Posts Tagged ‘Software Development’

July 24th 2012 Links: Software development, Windows Azure, Office

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s our new entry in our link-listing series:


Software Development

Is the laptop doomed?

Ahaha, we’re not quite there yet, but we sure are getting there Winking smile


Entity Framework now Open Source

Big news: The Entity Framework source code is today being released under an open source license (Apache 2.0), and the code repository is now hosted on CodePlex (using Git).



MonoGame is an Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework. Its goal is to allow XNA developers on Xbox 360, Windows & Windows Phone to port their games to the iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux and Windows 8 Metro.  (PlayStation Mobile development is currently in progress.)


Windows Azure

SOSP Paper – Windows Azure Storage: A Highly Available Cloud Storage Service with Strong Consistency

Wow, that’s interesting: the paper describes how Microsoft provisions and scales out capacity within and across data centers via storage stamps, and how the storage location service is used to manage their stamps and storage accounts. Then it focuses on the details for the three different layers of the architecture within a stamp, why these layers, what their functionality is, how they work, and the two replication engines.

A must read!



Microsoft’s new Office: The cloud finally takes center stage

A sneak peek of Office 2013 (a.k.a. Office 15)


Microsoft released new Office (Customer Preview)

The new Office is available online (preview).


Introducing “Napa” – Office 365 Development Tools

The Visual Studio team released a preview of a new toolset called “Napa”, which is, as they say, “the easiest way to start building apps for the new Cloud App Model”.


Hope this helps,

Carl Anderson

January 3rd 2012 Links: Software development, Visual Studio, Windows Phone

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

We love Scott Guthrie’s link-listing series, and since we’re developing a code generator supporting all kinds of .NET application (ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms, WPF, Windows Forms, Windows Services, Silverlight, Console Apps, SharePoint, Windows Workflow Foundation, etc.), we’re actually spending quite a time tracking all those technologies, tools, best practices and so on. Therefore, we thought we could share with you guys, every once in a while, links that we thought were noteworthy.

Here’s today’s first batch:

Software Development

Why I Hate Frameworks

A funny post illustrating how sometimes, when we got a lot of repetitive work to do that we feel automatable, the solution to create a factory can lead to…. a Rube Goldberg machine.

Worldwide System Infrastructure Software 2012 Top 10 Predictions

Table of contents of the book, one prediction being that Windows 8 will launch with split success.


Visual Studio

December 2011 TFS Power Tools Release

New TFS power tools release (updates and now supports Eclipse).

Visual Studio 11 Platform Tooling Advances

A post detailing VS11 improvements such as DirectX and SharePoint support.


Windows Phone

Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t it Taken Off?

Written by a former Microsoft employee, general manager of..… Windows Phone.

So, just what IS the problem with Windows Phone?

An answer to the previous link.

comScore Reports November 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share

A comScore press release showing that the top 5 mobile platforms on the US market are:

  1. Google with 46.9%
  2. Apple with 28.7%
  3. RIM with 16.6%
  4. Microsoft with 5.2%
  5. Symbian with 1.5%


Hope this helps,

Carl Anderson