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 found an excuse. Then they released the Surface Pro 3.

A handsome box.

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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 change everything back. Why not do all that with a single press of a button?

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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 app needs to generate revenues.

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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 extra special, super-duper, amaze-balls (it was pretty great, really) side contest called #DevMania. Get a lot of points and maybe get a phone (Lumia 1520). So I got a phone. And that began the restore process.

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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 4 hour HoloLens development session! For the record I did not squeal with delight when I got the confirmation email. I wanted to, but I did a chair dance in the middle of a session. There were some worried looks from other attendees.

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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 was enlightening, and for those of you who were upset that Microsoft “forgot the desktop” with Win8, I got the sense there’s a feeling mea culpa about that.

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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 now I find myself here and, to be honest, I’m incredibly excited and a little troubled.

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