Category Archives: General Development

Installing Apache Cordova/PhoneGap 2.2 for Android development under Windows

I’m dabbling in several projects developing for mobile devices at the moment, and the first thing I’ve had to do is set up the appropriate development environment(s). One such example was to perform a fresh install of PhoneGap (the last … Continue reading

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Beginning Kinect Programming (again)

I was pleasantly surprised when, earlier on today, a copy of “Beginning Kinect Programming with the Microsoft Kinect SDK” dropped through my letterbox onto the floor. I’d first noticed this book was being written a few months ago, when (like … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

Like, it seems, many people, I’ve spent some portion of today downloading and playing with the first preview version of Windows 8, released in the early hours of this morning. You can grab the release either from the windows dev … Continue reading

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Cloud Hack

I spent a very enjoyable day yesterday in London at The Cloud Hack – a one day coding fest in which developers were invited to combine data from two or more APIs and create a cloud-based app, hosted on Windows … Continue reading

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PHP and UTF-8 BOM (Or, why do my webpages start with  )

Like many developers, I write code for a variety of platforms, using a variety of platforms. I write C# on an iBook, PHP on a Linux VM running under Windows, Javascript on my desktop, and HTML blogposts on my mobile … Continue reading

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In Defence of 3D Charts…

There was a time, not so long ago, when pretty much all business graphics looked like this:   The global hegemony of Microsoft Excel (particularly, Excel 97), deployed onto millions and millions of users’ desktop PCs meant that the world … Continue reading

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Notes from the 2011 MVP Summit

So, I spent last week in Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond (essentially all part of the same urban sprawl) attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2011. Microsoft’s MVP program has recently received some criticism (see, for example, here and some of the responses here), … Continue reading

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