Microsoft acquiring Xamarin. My take.

27 בפברואר 2016

A few days ago, my twitter feed was ablaze, Microsoft decided to finally acquire Xamarin. I've even received a few mentions: I've asked myself, am I really pleased by this Microsoft move? Currently I've mixed feelings, it's all subject to change since we don't really know the plans that will be set in motion (I've got a hunch that Microsoft doesn't know either at this time of writing). Clearly it's not simple to swallow a company such as Xamarin whole. I'm going to assume for now that Xamarin has not been acquired to be shot in the head and make room...
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Baby steps with Microsoft Band (Part 1)

12 במאי 2015

So I've decided to jump on the bandwagon. I remember the first time I’ve seen the first UP bracelet model, a few years ago. I got excited. I love statistics, and what’s better then statistics on yourself. I’ve no doubt that if I had easy access to it, back then, I’d have given me an early birthday present. Since then I heard both good things and bad things about those kind of products. When the Band came out, I was interested, but again kept my distance. When the the reviews about it came out positive, I was surprised. Microsoft managed to...
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Build 2015 – Impressions so far (Windows and Windows Phone)

6 במאי 2015

Look at that, a year has passed since my last blog post. Those last posts were summarizing //Build 2014// and this one will summarize //Build 2015//, so easy for you to follow dear reader. (If you really want to hear more than my blog, I urge you to follow me on twitter, where I tweet my thoughts rather carelessly ). This year’s Build was different. Unlike Build 2014 which was a complete continuation of Build 2013. To give you an example, one of the great introductions of Build 2014 was the “Shared Project” feature, this is no longer needed as the reason it...

Build 2014 – My Impressions Part II

6 באפריל 2014

On board flight back to Israel, it's time to sum up the Build experience. All in all it was a solid conference, good content, pretty light sessions, not very technical mostly. In the previous post I've mostly talked about the Windows platforms, this time I will talk mostly about c# and Azure Mobile Services. Windows Azure Mobile Services or WAMS for short, road-map and intentions has bee kept close to the chest till Build, there are new features, but I believe the thing the team has worked on the most is the enabling of c# development on both ends of the pipe...
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Build 2014 – Impressions so far.

3 באפריל 2014

Build 2014 has been kicked off yesterday, I wasn't able to attend Build2013, but fellow colleagues have attended and most have returned disappointed. The main reason for that was that Build13 was scheduled a bit close to Build2012, causing hype of something big that is about to come, and when it wasn't fulfilled, disappointment was unavoidable. Build 2014 is a different story, Microsoft is not the same company that were in Build2013, the one Microsoft motto is not CEO materials, it's obvious that the new approach is in effect to the last programmer at MS. Microsoft is stepping down from its...
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How to do WP8 and resolution dependent images correctly

8 בדצמבר 2013

BUILD// 2014 Update: I recommend watching the excellent talk by Peter Torr. Peter had kindly reviewed this post an I appreciate it, also recommended linking to the new updated docs. TL;DR: if you need to use images per resolution use the following code, it will save you time. As of today, the Windows Phone platform supports 4 distinct resolutions: WVGA - the original resolution of WP7 WXGA and 720p - introduced with WP8 1080p - introduced with WP8 GDR 3 update (support is still limited), probably as preparations for future devices such as Phablets. I will not reiterate the technical details of each resolution as it is specified...
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Zen of delivering code oriented talks

25 באפריל 2013

I’ve been doing quite a few presentations lately, and I am currently following a method that has been working out for me quite well for the last year or so. I don’t claim my method to be unique, and it’s definitely inspired by people I’ve seen presenting, worth mentioning are Scott Hanselman and Steve Sanderson. The reason for this post is only to share with you my approach and hope you will find it helpful. I won’t iterate over great presentations tips posts that you can find over the web but just describe the process I am using....

Book in Review: Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide

9 במרץ 2013

Packt book publisher has requested me to review their book on Kinect SDK. I’ve obliged. This book is a guide that takes you end to end with Kinect development. The first chapter provides you with an in-depth introduction into the Kinect sensor itself, for myself one who finds all hardware a mystery it was very educational to have someone pinpoint all the hardware pieces that Kinect consist of. The 2nd chapter guides you with the preparation of your working environment. It describes in length how to setup the various SDKs and make sure you...
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Build// 2012 My Hackaton exprience

7 בנובמבר 2012

Hey all, A week before Build// I’ve registered to the Build Hackaton. Hackaton is a process which people are gathered in a room, divided into ad-hoc teams and are driven to create awesome and imaginative apps in a short term of time. Hackaton has started on Monday, a day which was dedicated to attendee registration, but the hackaton room was already packed with action, a room filled with MS techies (from the relevant Windows8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone teams) were mentoring attendees teams day and night, and attendees who were already...

April on Israel Dot Net Developers User Group

17 באפריל 2012

This week we are helding our annual monthly session. It’s a bit odd, but Erez Pedro and myself are going to be the speakers . The session name is “Developers Are from Mars, Designers Are from Venus” it has 2 parts, one by Erez an amazing designer and UX expert targeted to designers and myself targeting developers. Our goal is the same, narrow the gap between the two group especially when doing XAML work. If you are a developer, I’m going to talk about the MVVM pattern, and it this session focus, why is it good...
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