Author Archives: Mark

A laptop by any other name: Surface Pro 3 review

I’m a tech junkie. I’ll admit it, I have too many old laptops and towers at home, but I managed to fight the urge to pick up a Surface Pro. It didn’t fit my needs, lacked grunt, whatever. I always … Continue reading

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Uh-oh: The absolute necessity of source control

So you added a new feature to your program and it required a few changes throughout the app. Then, once you test it, you realize it doesn’t work the way you wanted and you need to strip it out and … Continue reading

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The Gang’s all Here: Astoria, Islandwood, and Westminster

So there’s been a bit of a haze lately about Microsoft allowing for a few new ways of getting apps onto Windows 10 Mobile. (Code-) Namely, Astoria, Islandwood, and Westminster. Or, Android apps, Objective-C, and JavaScript apps.

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Missed it by that much…: Xamarin and cross-platform

For those working with apps, one of the major concerns is which platform to target. For me, I simply prefer C# as a language and Windows Phone as an OS. However, being everywhere is sometimes a concern, especially if your … Continue reading

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Three of the thing: Hamburgers vs Ellipsis menus

A lot has been made of the hamburger menu as a recognized navigation item in Windows 10, especially for phone apps. The thing is, it’s a little bit like another collection of threes: The ellipsis menu button.

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I’m a coder, not a doctor: Triaging Bugs in Personal Projects

Just the other day I was asked what I initially thought was a simple question: “How do you triage bugs in a personal project?” In typical fashion, I over analyzed it, but outlined a system that met the questioner’s needs.

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Restore Windows Phone from backup

So Microsoft Canada has had this thing going on for a while now called the Developer Movement (Twitter and via #DevMov, Facebook). Basically, you build some apps, learn some new things, and win prizes. Back in March, they held an … Continue reading

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Build 2015 – Day 3

So I skipped the first couple of sessions today. I’m in San Francisco and I need to live a little. I mean they’re all on Channel 9, right? What did I do instead, you ask? Oh, nothing much. Just a … Continue reading

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Build 2015 – Day 2

So I missed the first bit of the keynote today because I was invited to a focus group. We were asked a bunch of questions about where Win10 is going, and about the marketing push that will target developers. It … Continue reading

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Build 2015 – Day 1

So back in January we first got to see the HoloLens. My boss and I watched the presentation and I made the off-the-cuff remark, “I need to go to Build.” To my surprise and glee, my boss said, “Okay.” So … Continue reading

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