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Windows Phone 8 Having Trouble Attracting Developers

erik umenhofer Re:Well, Yeah (268 comments)

windows 8 has been available to devs for almost a year. It's only untested to the lazy devs that didn't download it.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows Phone 8 Having Trouble Attracting Developers

erik umenhofer Best Tools, lack of "Hip" factor (268 comments)

I know this is an on-going flame war, but with Expression Software and Visual Studio 2010/2012, Microsoft has some of the best tools out there for building mobile applications. Throw in testing tools, and you are at the top of the class. After using the tools and marketplace for 2 years now, I can say a couple things.

*The marketplace has come a long way. It is getting better every day. It used to be a real chore to use year or so ago. It is a lot more streamlined and clean.

*The bad press recently around marketplace submissions is a crap shoot. I've experienced similar things, but also I've experienced quick easy submissions. It honestly depends on the tester. If things seem to be going bad, there is always a manager you can contact to get things going.

*Lets be honest too. The iOS and Android marketplaces are FILLED with pure crap applications. I'm not saying that the Windows store is any better, but comparing numbers isn't fair because, most of those apps are useless and are never downloaded.

*If you know Java or Obj-C, not many people are willing or paid to jump into C#. I'm definitely not interested in learning a new language at this point in my career.

* Lastly, I think the main problem is traditional Microsoft fear/hatred. I have talked to more "hip" iOS teams that make cooler apps for android and iOS. They showed zero desire to even make an effort to make any apps for Windows Phone. The attitude I saw a lot was just pure bandwagon hatred. "Meh"

more than 2 years ago
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Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

erik umenhofer Re:Why not Microsoft ? (396 comments)

They did a lot of research and found the new start menu is much better. After using it for 6-9 months now, I can agree. Finding apps and launching them on Win 7 is much slower than Win 8. As I stated in another post, when I use Win 7 now, it just feels old and last gen.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Launching Its Own Windows Phone Smartphone

erik umenhofer Re:Who cares? (190 comments)

Saying that "microsoft" killed the phone is true in a sense, but you also have to understand the company culture at MS. It is built on a lot of teams. Not one single united company where everyone shares ideas and works together nicely. You should read the history of what happened to Danger and you will see a major factor to its demise was the infighting that took place, nothing technical really. Apple/Google I think have a lot less of this kind of stuff so it was easier to let it bloom.

more than 2 years ago
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Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

erik umenhofer Yawn... (436 comments)

I come to slashdot now for random science stuff and mindless microsoft bashing. That said. Everyone I know who has used Win8 for more than a few minutes loves it. Also, when I see a survey from a random help forum...don't you think the results will be skewed?

more than 2 years ago
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The Death of an HTML5 Game Breeds an Open Source Project

erik umenhofer Cross Platform Compatibility (147 comments)

This is one the key features I think game developers were looking for when HTML5 came out. It promised the holy grail of "write once, run everywhere". It would allow you to write a game for a browser and have it work on iPhone, Android and WP7. The issue is still that every browser and hardware device act different. A touch on one device is a tap on another. Multitouch works here but not there. Some browsers don't support audio, some don't support WebGL acceleration. This also changes all the time.

Deploying the apps is another issue as well. Once you have written a great game that looks wondering in chrome, you have to wrap it somehow to get it on devices. All of the options for wrapping right now are beta at best. There is still hacking that has to be done most of the time.

On that note, it is getting better every day, eventually you will be able to push your code to nearly every OS. But that day is not today.

more than 2 years ago
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Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software

erik umenhofer Re:"because it is built on MS Access." (245 comments)

Sadly English is my first and only language. Never had anyone question my grammar like that though, but I guess I've BEEN using that word incorrectly for many years?

more than 2 years ago
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Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software

erik umenhofer Re:"because it is built on MS Access." (245 comments)

When you are being paid for work by a client, they dictate what the work is at the end of the day. They are paying you. You can give suggestions etc, but if they want Access or only know Access, you are going to use Access. You are being "told" this is the only option and you use it. This has happened on countless clients.

more than 2 years ago
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Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software

erik umenhofer Re:"because it is built on MS Access." (245 comments)

This sounds like the client had requirements. No consultant in the modern day would go in there and say this is the best solution. They must of been told they had Access already and this was all they could use.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Finds Major Ice Source In Moon Crater

erik umenhofer New mission to Moon proposed (103 comments)

A new mission has been funded by private parties (most notably sports team owners) to send Robert 'Bobby' Boucher Jr. to the moon to recover said water sources. Think tanks involved with the mission have stated that moon ice water is of the "highest quality H2O" and must be collected for commercial purposes.

more than 2 years ago
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Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen

erik umenhofer Just give up already. (189 comments)

At what point do we just assume that all CC #s have been stolen and if you haven't had your card # stolen yet, it's just a matter of time.

more than 2 years ago
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Amateur UAV Pilot Exposes Texas River of Blood

erik umenhofer Could be useful technology. (388 comments)

Can this technology notify me when it discovers Wonka's river of chocolate?

more than 2 years ago
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VMware, a Falling Giant?

erik umenhofer HyperV (417 comments)

I didn't pay too much attention to HyperV until I started playing around with Team Foundation Server 2010. You might ask, what does an ALM tool have to do with virtualizing servers? Well, one things we found really helpful when doing automated testing, was this...you use the lab manager to spin up all your testing environments in hyperV then when a defect is encountered, the developer can spin up that environment on their laptop and actually debug defects on the server to make sure they have the most accurate test case. This eliminates the issue of "Works on laptop, don't work in test environment".

Besides that, Microsoft's virtual stuff is pretty decent, especially when it ties in their other products.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Previews Compiler-as-a-Service Software

erik umenhofer Re:Threat to Computing (171 comments)

It will play into the Azure platform if it's a pure service. You can run an application on Azure with a SQL backend, and have this new compiler service build it for you.

Although from the article, I didn't even get a sense of that being the purpose. From what i was seeing, it's just a service you can run while developing that will give you more insight into the compiler's workings. You access it via VS2010 like you normally do.

I'm curious how this would play into TFS as well, if you could get more information to be pumped out from MSBuild to some sort of report.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

erik umenhofer Microsoft work... (444 comments)

As a developer I mostly focus on MCPD's for whatever area I'm working on. .Net or Sharepoint. I then fill in MCTS's in the gaps for technologies like SQL Server and Biztalk.
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx

For system engineers there are specific exams too.
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx

PMP is also a standard cert for management. I think most consultants/programmers should take this to understand the basics of how a project is put together.
http://www.pmi.org/Certification/Project-Management-Professional-PMP.aspx

more than 3 years ago
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Game Devs Weigh In On Windows Phone 7

erik umenhofer Re:Seems they have no idea what they are talking a (189 comments)

If you code it in XNA and actually follow proper design patterns (completely disconnected UIs with Models and Views), you can code 90% of your app for both phone and xbox. The last 10% is UI formating and input events. This is XBox live stuff. We're not talking Battlefield 2 here.

more than 3 years ago
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1/3 of Amphibians Dying Out

erik umenhofer I see it happen (467 comments)

I've been keeping newts and salamanders on and off for over a decade as pets. And I've seen a huge decline in diversity of the animals available from breeders. Breeders have to get breedable pairs from the wild and when the wild caught ones disappear, so do the captive bred ones. There are a bunch of newts that I have rarely seen breed in almost 10 years now. China is a major source of the species loss too.

more than 6 years ago

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