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Stephen Schaff Vaccano Desktop developers are people too!
  • End of support for IE8, 9, 10

    @kettch: odd.  It is working for me now as well.  Ah well, ghosts in the machine...

  • End of support for IE8, 9, 10

    , elmer wrote

    It's now IE11 or Edge


    I guess that those few Vista users are now effectively unsupported ?


    That link is dead for me.  

    Did they change their mind?

  • Reaction toward Lumia950 reviews.

    I had an iPhone (4), and I switched to a windows phone (lumia 920).

    The Microsoft app store is not considered a "first class" app store by the big software developers.  But I knew this going in.  I figured that I would make due with the Microsoft apps.

    But then I learned that Microsoft does not consider the Microsoft App Store a "First Class" app store.

    Every app they have is is either better on iOS or Android or simply does not exist for Windows Phone.  Ever. Single. One.

    I realized that until Microsoft decides to believe in Microsoft, I am wasting my time and money hoping that good stuff will come.

    So I switched back to iOS were the Microsoft apps look and work great!

  • good work

    Is this in reference to something specific?  Or just a general "atta boy"?

  • Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

    , bondsbw wrote

    And this needs to be the last d*** time that Microsoft kills their phone platform.

    Fool me once...

    I loved my Windows 8 phone for the OS and hardware. But I will no longer believe Microsoft promises when it comes to investing in their phone at a whole enterprise level. 

    I switched back to iPhone recently. I don't see me trying out a windows phone again until Microsoft has proven that they will really invest in it.   Not just promises or plans, but actual market proof and success. 

  • Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

    , Ian2 wrote

    [Satya Nadella] hopes it will reverse the company's fortunes in the smartphone sector, where currently the company only has around 3% market share.

    Microsoft will never have a successful phone until they get the big companies to treat their store as a first tier store.

    One of the primary companies that Microsoft needs to win over is Microsoft.

    The vast majority of their apps are better on other platforms than they are for Windows Mobile. Or they just don't exist in the Microsoft Store at all.

    I was listening to a podcast last week that was discussing a new TFS app from Microsoft that released ONLY on android.

    How can Microsoft expect developers to take their mobile offering seriously when they themselves do not?

  • Microsoft wins against the evil Google

    My favorite comment from that article:

    Commenter One:  And Google says "Don't be Evil"

    Commenter Two:  Yes, because they don't want competition!

    Not new, but I found it funny.

  • Add another one to the pile

    Pile, meet Lightswitch.

    Lightswitch, meet the abandonware pile (Silverlight, Linq-To-SQL, Compact Framework etc)




  • Microsoft & Oracle dragged into epic developer wage fixing conspiracy lawsuit

    , androidi wrote

    For some situations there might be a valid reason for some of the restrictions but what's likely is that such "valid reason" was quickly extended to everyone except those with bargaining power.

    One situation could be that there's few companies with tech in which skills are specialist on-the-job learned sort but are also transferable to competing company. (though similar fear could be assumed for transfer of IP or clients). If the new hire learned these skills on the company dime and then soon jumped to the competitor because just not liking the place or got better offers (just when they were about to actually be valuable to the company where they learned the specialist stuff), I could understand if the employer would have serious issues there.

    Now how would the right balance here be implemented in unambiguous manner? To avoid things getting too complicated, perhaps the "test" should be related to what you presented in your CV and what the employer presented in their official job add. If the job you end up is something not in your CV already and is found listed in other peoples CV's, then you probably learned it on the job. In that case the employer should have "dibs" on you actually staying there for some reasonable time beyond just learning the skill. What that would be, no comment.

     EDIT: On the other hand, if the employee begins to feel "trapped", that surely can't be good for the company in the long term either. I'm kind of thinking that the "dibs"/non-compete length should be somehow related to how much the company actually invested in you - eg. if it took you x amount of time to get up to speed and perhaps some other person was not doing what they usually do for y amount of time, then these might factor into how long you should be expected at minimum to stay there. I'm just not sure if having this sort of restrictions is overall a positive because if the atmosphere gets poisoned/resentful or whatever due to someone feeling trapped, that could be really bad in long term for the company.

    This sounds a lot like a Contract.  My company has what they call "At will employment".  They say it means they can fire me, and I can quit, at any time.

    But if they wanted to ensure that I don't get valuable on the job training and then leave, a contract seems like the way to ensure that.  (I am a programmer, not a lawyer, so there may be a better term for "employment contract".)

    A contract has the benefit of not being as hidden/shady.  If I don't want to get locked in, I can just not take the job.  

    Hidden non-poaching agreements are evil.  And when done by several large companies, bring down the wage of the whole industry.

    Having something like a 2 year work contract when you get hired is going to make the job less desirable to candidates.  But that is the trade-off if you can't keep your employees at market level of pay and work environment. 


  • C9 same design for years?

    , Ian2 wrote

    Isn't the whole flat design thing coming to an end now?

    Oh I hope so!

    I did hear that it looks like MS is moving away from it a bit.  Not full abandon, but just some.