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Four short links: 9 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 9, 2014

Jasper Project — an open source platform for developing always-on, voice-controlled applications. Shouting is the new swiping—I eagerly await Gartner touting the Internet-of-things-that-misunderstand-you. DeepBeliefSDK — deep neural network library for iOS. (via Pete Warden) Microsoft Spectrum Observatory — crowdsourcing spectrum …

Four short links: 4 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 4, 2014

C# Compiler Open Sourced — bit by the bit, the ship of Microsoft turns. The Web’s Declarative Composable Future — this. For the first time since 1993, I feel like the web platform is taking a step towards being a …

An introduction to TypeScript

By Peter Cooper
February 13, 2014

At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s conference dedicated to the Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5, Microsoft’s Luke Hoban spoke about TypeScript, a strict superset of JavaScript that adds optional static typing, modules, and classes. In Introduction to TypeScript, Luke presented a 40 …

Update Mobility: The Year in Mobile

By James Turner
December 16, 2013

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year that was. In a lot of ways, 2013 was a status quo year for mobile, with nothing earthshaking to report, just a steady progression of …

Upward Mobility: Microsoft’s Patent Arsenal Is Full of Blanks

By James Turner
November 11, 2013

It is with some amusement that your humble servant read this week of Microsoft’s lucrative business licensing their patents to Android handset makers. How lucrative? Evidently, over two billion dollars a year, five times their revenue from actual mobile products …

Four short links: 4 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 4, 2013

Case and Molly, a Game Inspired by Neuromancer (Greg Borenstein) — On reading Neuromancer today, this dynamic feels all too familiar. We constantly navigate the tension between the physical and the digital in a state of continuous partial attention. We …

SPTechCon, iPhone Bootcamp, OSCON, and More

By Jenn Webb
June 10, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and technology spaces. Have an event to share? Send us a note. HTML5 Application Development Class: This two-day training class offers a small class size and individual attention for …

TechEd 2013: The ASP.NET Team, Surfaces at a Deep Discount, (and Google Glass?)

By Rachel Roumeliotis
June 4, 2013

People weren’t kidding when they told me New Orleans is humid, but the good news is the conference venue has great air conditioning. As expected TechEd is focused mainly on system administrator issues, but I’m feeling that even more so …

Building Modern Web Apps, Build 2013, TechEd North America, and More

By Jenn Webb
May 27, 2013

Each Monday, we round up upcoming event highlights from the programming and technology spaces. Have an event to share? Send us a note. Modern Web Applications Utilizing HTML5 APIs webcast: Ido Green covers techniques and tools for building great “modern” …

Upward Mobility: Should there be only one?

By James Turner
April 29, 2013

As long as most people can remember, the smartphone space has been a contested one. Before the iPhone became temporarily ubiquitous, RIM and Palm were fighting it out to own the market, and today you have a plethora of platforms …

Four short links: 27 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 27, 2012

Paying for Developers is a Bad Idea (Charlie Kindel) — The companies that make the most profit are those who build virtuous platform cycles. There are no proof points in history of virtuous platform cycles being created when the platform …

ASP.NET web API rocks

By Rachel Roumeliotis
August 28, 2012

Glenn Block (@gblock) is an O’Reilly author and senior program manager on the Windows Azure Team at Microsoft. We sat down recently to talk about the newly released ASP.NET Web API Framework, which he helped develop, and why it will …

Async and Roslyn mean more power and insight in your C# 5.0 programs

Async and Roslyn mean more power and insight in your C# 5.0 programs
By Rachel Roumeliotis
June 21, 2012

Longtime C# developer, Eric Lippert, speaks about new C# 5.0 features, updates to the forthcoming Roslyn compiler, and ways to optimize your C# programs.

Developing cross-platform mobile apps with C#

By Howard Wen
June 5, 2012

Web developer and author Greg Shackles reveals the advantages of using C# over C++ for writing mobile apps. He also explains why Android and iOS developers should give C# a serious look.

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC

By Jenn Webb
May 4, 2012

B&N's Nook gets Microsoft's bankroll and will soon incorporate NFC, Amazon loses its shelf space at Target, and a publishing platform architect makes a strong argument for the end of ebooks.

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC

Publishing News: Nook gets Microsoft, and soon NFC
By Jenn Webb
May 4, 2012

B&N's Nook gets Microsoft's bankroll and will soon incorporate NFC, Amazon loses its shelf space at Target, and a publishing platform architect makes a strong argument for the end of ebooks.

B&N and Microsoft: The potential beyond digital

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.

B&N and Microsoft: The potential beyond digital

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

Joe Wikert: Microsoft should use its investment in B&N's digital business to create an end-to-end consumer experience that rivals Apple's.

Four short links: 18 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 18, 2012

CartoDB (GitHub) -- open source geospatial database, API, map tiler, and UI. For feature comparison, see Comparing Open Source CartoDB to Fusion Tables (via Nelson Minar). Future Telescope Array Drives Exabyte Processing (Ars Technica) -- Astronomical data is massive, and requires intense computation to analyze. If it works as planned, Square Kilometer Array will produce over one exabyte (260...

Microsoft opens up

Microsoft opens up
By Rachel Roumeliotis
April 17, 2012

Microsoft seems to be embracing open source more and more. What does this tell us about the company's near-term future?

Four short links: 11 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 11, 2012

Inside Apple (Amazon) -- If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the "DRI" (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top...

Cross-platform mobile development is a breeze with C#

Cross-platform mobile development is a breeze with C#
By Rachel Roumeliotis
April 6, 2012

Find out why using C# for cross-platform mobile development will take you less time and less code while bringing your apps to a wider audience.

Developer Week in Review: When giant corporations collide

Developer Week in Review: When giant corporations collide
By James Turner
April 6, 2012

If Microsoft and Linux can kiss and make up, why is Oracle having such a hard time getting along with Google? Elsewhere, a look inside elaborate game cheats.

Developer Week in Review: Google I/O's ticket window open and shuts in record time

Developer Week in Review: Google I/O's ticket window open and shuts in record time
By James Turner
March 29, 2012

Google I/O registration was there and gone so fast you might have missed it if you blinked, Microsoft is sharing more of its code Apache-style, and the leading compiler package in the world celebrates a milestone.

Four short links: 29 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 29, 2012

Tricorder Project -- open sourced designs for a tricorder, released as part of the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize. (via Slashdot) Microsoft's New Open Sourced Stacks (Miguel de Icaza) -- not just open sourced (some of the code had been under MS Permissive License before, now it's Apache) but developed in public with git: ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET...

Strata Week: Machine learning vs domain expertise

Strata Week: Machine learning vs domain expertise
By Audrey Watters
March 22, 2012

This week's data news includes another look at the Strata Conference's debate about machine learning versus subject matter expertise, Raghu Ramakrishnan moves from Yahoo to Microsoft, and more social data comes to Google Analytics.

Strata Week: Machine learning vs domain expertise

By Audrey Watters
March 22, 2012

This week's data news includes another look at the Strata Conference's debate about machine learning versus subject matter expertise, Raghu Ramakrishnan moves from Yahoo to Microsoft, and more social data comes to Google Analytics.

Four questions about Microsoft with Mary Jo Foley

By Rachel Roumeliotis
March 21, 2012

Long-time Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley tells us what to expect with Windows 8, Metro design guidelines, and the Kinect SDK for Windows.

Four short links: 13 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 13, 2012

Microsoft Universal Voice Translator -- the promise is that it converts your voice into another language, but the effect is more that it converts your voice into that of Darth You in another language. Still, that's like complaining that the first Wright Brothers flight didn't serve peanuts. (via Hacker News) Geography of the Basketball Court -- fascinating analytics of...

Developer Week in Review: The new iPad and the big meh

Developer Week in Review: The new iPad and the big meh
By James Turner
March 8, 2012

Apple unveils pretty much what it was expected to unveil, and decides to treat Android as a cash cow rather than an enemy. Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi is finally out, so let the hacking begin.

Four short links: 24 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 24, 2012

Excel Cloud Data Analytics (Microsoft Research) -- clever--a cloud analytics backend with Excel as the frontend. Almost every business and finance person I've known has been way more comfortable with Excel than any other tool. (via Dr Data) HTTP Client -- Mac OS X app for inspecting and automating a lot of HTTP. cf the lovely Charles proxy for...

Developer Week in Review: NASA says goodbye to big iron

Developer Week in Review: NASA says goodbye to big iron
By James Turner
February 16, 2012

This week, NASA marked the end of an era, as the last of its big iron is retired. Microsoft continues to signal that its forays into open source are legitimate. And a new open source gaming project has a little extra horse-power, thanks to the fans behind it.

Developer Week in Review: A pause to consider patents

Developer Week in Review: A pause to consider patents
By James Turner
February 10, 2012

We take a look at two major events that rocked the technology intellectual property wars, centered on a courtroom in Texas and a standards body a continent away.

Top stories: January 23-27, 2012

Top stories: January 23-27, 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 27, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides offered a different take on the piracy debates, Edd Dumbill looked at Microsoft's Hadoop-driven plan for big data, and we learned why Amazon retail stores aren't out of the question.

Strata Newsletter: January 25, 2012

By O'Reilly Radar
January 26, 2012

Highlights from the 1/25/12 edition of the Strata newsletter include: Hadoop World and the Strata Conference are merging, and a look at how Microsoft is putting Hadoop to work.

Microsoft's plan for Hadoop and big data

By Edd Dumbill
January 25, 2012

Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill takes a look at Microsoft's plans for big data. By embracing Hadoop, the company aims to keep Windows and Azure as a standards-friendly option for data developers.

Microsoft's plan for Hadoop and big data

Microsoft's plan for Hadoop and big data
By Edd Dumbill
January 25, 2012

Strata conference chair Edd Dumbill takes a look at Microsoft's plans for big data. By embracing Hadoop, the company aims to keep Windows and Azure as a standards-friendly option for data developers.

Developer Week in Review: Early thoughts on iBooks Author

By James Turner
January 20, 2012

It looks like Apple plans to totally disrupt yet another industry, but is that a good thing? Richard Stallman puts free above usability, and Microsoft adds incentives to Visual Studio — but some of them encourage the wrong behaviors.

Developer Week in Review: Early thoughts on iBooks Author

Developer Week in Review: Early thoughts on iBooks Author
By James Turner
January 20, 2012

It looks like Apple plans to totally disrupt yet another industry, but is that a good thing? Richard Stallman puts free above usability, and Microsoft adds incentives to Visual Studio — but some of them encourage the wrong behaviors.

From SOPA to speech: Seven tech trends to monitor

By Mike Loukides
January 19, 2012

Mike Loukides weighs in on the tech trends — good and bad — that will exert considerable influence in 2012.

From SOPA to speech: Seven tech trends to monitor

By Mike Loukides
January 19, 2012

Mike Loukides weighs in on the tech trends — good and bad — that will exert considerable influence in 2012.

Developer Week in Review: 2012 preview edition

Developer Week in Review: 2012 preview edition
By James Turner
January 5, 2012

It's a brand new year, time to look ahead to the stories that will have developers talking in 2012. Mobile will remain a hot topic, the cloud is absorbing everything, and jobs appear to be heading back to the U.S.

Developer Year in Review: 2011 Edition

By James Turner
December 22, 2011

It's time for our annual look back at the year that was, when mobile ruled the world, HTML5 PWNED Flash, Drupal and Hadoop were the hot buzzwords for your resume, and a new batch of languages tried to become stars.

Developer Week in Review: Siri is the talk of the town

Developer Week in Review: Siri is the talk of the town
By James Turner
November 30, 2011

Everyone either wants to be just like Siri or thinks it's (she's?) a waste of time. Stanford expands its free CS curriculum, and JavaScript gains encryption and a JVM implementation.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft
By James Turner
September 29, 2011

Samsung agrees to pay Microsoft royalties for Android use. Elsewhere, Oracle keeps the SPARC line alive, and the hackability of voting machines is exposed.

Five digital design ideas from Windows 8

By Peter Meyers
September 20, 2011

Microsoft's Metro interface offers plenty for digital book designers to study. The best part? Whether or not Microsoft actually ships something that matches their demo, designers can benefit from the great thinking they've done.

Four short links: 31 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 31, 2011

OSMdroid -- The OpenStreetMapView is a (almost) full/free replacement for Android's MapView class. Also see this tutorial. (via Simon Gianoutsos) 10 Immutable Laws of Security (Microsoft) -- an oldie but a goodie. Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore. What's in The Trough? (BERG London)...

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony
By James Turner
July 20, 2011

Microsoft profits from Google's toils, why you shouldn't put older developers out to pasture, and a new source control system enters the fray.

Four short links: 18 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 18, 2011

Organisational Warfare (Simon Wardley) -- notes on the commoditisation of software, with interesting analyses of the positions of some large players. On closer inspection, Salesforce seems to be doing more than just commoditisation with an ILC pattern, as can be clearly seen from Radian's 6 acquisition. They also seem to be operating a tower and moat strategy, i.e. creating...


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