Today, I bit the bullet.

That is, I bought a little Mac notebook computer – just to get a grip on developing iOS applications.

Apple raises the bar really high for this sort of thing: You need to actually have an Apple Macintosh computer just to write Mac apps. My guess it that is a core portion of their business model: They will sell at least as many Mac computers as there are developers that want to target iOS.

OK. So I am a sucker too. With me luck. One of the first links I’ve saved in Evernote is this one. That’s because threading / concurrency / async is still the most challenging stuff for me. As long as I’m not using Erlang, that is.

The ‘Company Store’ – for Windows 8 Apps

Last year, I attended a nice free one-day seminar on developing applications for Windows 8.

Bottom lime: Microsoft really, really wants developers to develop Win8 Apps.

One concern I had was that corporations or other enterprises had an extremely difficult time writing these apps – and then NOT publishing them on the public-facing Windows App store.

This seems to be a great workaround. I do not know why Microsoft failed to cater to their existing corporate customer base at the launch of Windows 8.

http://companystore.codeplex.com/

I think I have finally settled on a Linux distribution.

My requirements are simple:

  • Install and run easily as a VMWare Workstation guest operating system;
  • Don’t confuse me too much with the UI;
  • Make it easy to get multimedia stuff installed;

I do reserve the right to keep trying stuff out. However, I’ve settled on KUbuntu. Yesterday, I easily upgraded from v12.10 to the latest 13.04. Worked great.

http://www.kubuntu.org/

Now I can get back to fiddling with the OS – and not just fiddling with VMWare installs and such.

PHP debates! Good one

I have a lot of respect for Phil Sturgeon. Have read some great articles by Phil over the years. He’s digging in here: http://philsturgeon.co.uk/blog/2013/04/is-psr0-shortsighted-or-are-you

This guy (Tom Butler) is new to me – but he’s a good writer and makes some really interesting points. I’m able to follow his code for the most part: http://r.je/php-psr-0-pretty-shortsighted-really.html. He seems very bright.

I fiddle with PHP. I want to do the right thing. These PHP ‘standards’ are good to know – as the more up-to-date frameworks embrace them.