Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program

Xamarin, the Microsoft-owned cross-platform development software provider, has announced the launch of a new mobile certification program.

The Certified Mobile Professional qualification comes through the company’s Xamarin University, which offers tutorials and learning on a variety of operating systems and languages, including Android, iOS, and C#.

Naturally, these courses are not entirely altruistic. Xamarin’s platform – and indeed its mission – are based around C#, with the...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Microsoft, Mobile.

Skype introduces real-time code editor to help ease technical interview burdens

If you have an off-site technical interview coming up, the last thing you want to be thinking about – never mind your knowledge and the pressure of the situation anyway – is how the technology you will be using will stand up.

Skype has launched a new preview feature which aims to help technical interviews be conducted more seamlessly.

The feature enables a video call to be placed on top of a code editor, meaning interviewers and their prospective candidates do not have to switch between two...

By James Bourne, 31 August 2017, 1 comment. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Java.

Stack Overflow figures show C# is for early risers and Haskell for night owls

Ever wanted to know which languages are most popular late at night compared with early in the morning? Good news if so; Stack Overflow has released a series of usage figures which look at the times users visit questions on their system concerning various languages.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the languages most likely to be visited during the hours of 9-5 were based around enterprise technologies, many with a Microsoft theme; T-SQL at the top, with SharePoint, SQL Server 2008, PowerShell, and SQL Server...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: C#, Languages.

Python, Node.js and Rust most loved languages with C, C# and Visual Basic losing momentum

Almost a third of current professional developers say their formal education was not important to their career success, with Python, Node.js and Rust continuing to grow in popularity, according to the latest Stack Overflow survey.

The latest report involved more than 64,000 responses fielded from 213 countries, cited to be the most comprehensive survey of the programmer workforce to date, and examines all aspects of the developer experience.

With Python and Node.js going up, and Rust being the ‘most loved’...

By Developer, 22 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: C#, Languages.

Red Hat, Codenvy and Microsoft team up for greater language integration

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Codenvy is collaborating with Red Hat and Microsoft in order to further open source development and the vision that anyone should be able to contribute to a project without software installation.

For Red Hat, Eclipse Che, an open source next-generation IDE platform for Eclipse, is a strategic tooling platform for their products and users. Eclipse Che has gained more than 250,000 downloads, 2,900 GitHub stars, 70 contributors and dozens of ecosystem extensions in six months.

As a...

By Developer, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Languages.

"Pay-what-you-want" CryEngine V launches with DirectX 12 support, VR tools

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Renowned game developer Crytek has unveiled CryEngine V which features a host of new features and "pay-what-you-want" pricing model to help anyone get started with creating similarly groundbreaking titles we've come to expect. 

The biggest announcement is the new pricing model which follows the "free" model of Amazon's recently-announced Lumberyard engine. This isn't...

By Ryan Daws, 16 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, VR.

Opinion: Unraveling cross-platform app development

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With more and more developers looking to get into mobile, it would make sense that they would want to use the tools of their choice. But, what are the options for developing mobile apps in general? You may be asking yourself, “How can I develop for iOS without a Mac?” “How can I develop for Android without learning Java?” Maybe, even more importantly, is,...

By Michael Crump, 23 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Xamarin becomes the native cross-platform solution for C# and Java developers

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Xamarin has announced its acquisition of RoboVM, a momentous step for both companies which means C# and Java developers need only look to a single development solution for native deployment across each of the major platforms. 

The software has been a beloved tool for C# developers for some...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: This is how Microsoft is changing the world

Microsoft celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion Bill Gates sent a motivating letter to employees. It started with: "Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible." 

Beyond proving that goal was just possible, Microsoft's software moved out of our homes and off our desks to power a variety of things such as healthcare...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.