Nov 172014
 

Microsoft has just announced Visual Studio Community 2013.  It’s pretty much a full copy of Visual Studio, which retails for well over £300, and you can use it to create applications for Windows, Android and iOS.

The deal is that it’s available for use by individuals, non-profit companies and teams of fewer than 5 developers, which covers an awful lot of amateur developers, clubs, schools, etc. Here’s the blurb from the page:

Q: Who can use Visual Studio Community?
A: Here’s how individual developers can use Visual Studio Community:
  • Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
Here’s how Visual Studio Community can be used in organizations:
  • An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.
  • For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1MM in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.

Visual Studio 2013 Community can be downloaded from http://www.visualstudio.com/en-gb/products/visual-studio-community-vs

Nov 142014
 

I regularly save links to web apps, utilities and services that I think might be useful or interesting to my Diigo library. Diigo is a free-to-use service that lets you save, tag, annotate and share bookmarks using a browser toolbar or bookmarklet.

I’ve been using it for some years now and it’s grown into a decent research tool and now lets you save web pages for reading later, highlight and annotate web pages, build lists and more. There’s also a social element in that you can join groups and follow other users. There are even some premium features if you want to pay them some money but the basic service is totally free.

So, in the spirit of self-promotion, feel free to follow me on Diigo or just subscribe to my RSS feed.

Nov 142014
 

Build, test, scale and more all from one place. – this week, Mozilla’s released Firefox Developer Edition: a browser packed with developer-friendly features like WebIDE, Valence for cross-browser debugging, Responsive Design View and more.

WebIDE is the replacement for App Manager and lets you build fully functioning applications from your browser or Firefox OS device. Responsive Design View lets you see your app or website as you resize it for different platforms and Valence lets you debug for different browsers, including Chrome and Safari. Other handy tools we’ve seen before like Page Inspector, Web Console, and Web Audio Editor are included as well.

Firefox Developer Edition

Nov 142014
 

With the release of Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Apple have included a utility that will help you migrate accounts and data from a Windows PC to a Macintosh.

Apple’s Windows Migration Assistant requires at least Mac OS X 10.7 or above and Windows XP SP 3 or above.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1557 for download and instructions.

I’m assuming they’ll update the tool to accommodate Windows 10 whenever that OS is released.

Nov 132014
 

I’ve just noticed that the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection app preview is now available for Windows Phone so, ignoring Linux and BlackBerry OS (Linux doesn’t need it and no-one cares about BlackBerry), here’s the list of download links for available client apps:

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092

Mac OS X – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417

Windows – http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/remote-desktop/051f560e-5e9b-4dad-8b2e-fa5e0b05a480

Windows Phone – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/microsoft-remote-desktop-preview/299b09ab-207e-441c-9e8e-c8d66c20b76b

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