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Should Microsoft Give Windows 8.1 To Developers Early?

By Paul Ballard on August 28, 2013

Microsoft has just released an official version of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers in preparation for the October 18th launch.  Unlike past releases however, developers and IT professionals with MSDN subscriptions are being told that they too will have to wait until October 18th to get their beloved Start buttons back; and they are none too […]


Why Are Mobile App Developers Avoiding Windows Phone 8

By Paul Ballard on July 29, 2013

While Windows Phone 8 market share has shown a modest increase of 1.1% in the past year, some people including Nokia VP Brian Biniak are slamming Microsoft for the continued lack of apps in Windows Phone 8.  But is Microsoft really to blame?  What do you think is keeping developers off of the Windows Phone 8 platform? Nokia has […]


What is the Best Source Control System?

By Paul Ballard on April 2, 2013

We’ve come a long way from the days of screaming at Visual Source Safe and PVCS.  Today’s source control is less about control and more about access.  But which is best?  Take our survey and let us know where you’d rather put your valuable bits. [polldaddy poll=7008156]


Does The World Still Need Visual Basic?

By Paul Ballard on January 10, 2013

Microsoft was quite literally founded on Basic.  Few of us who were doing software development in the 90’s could argue that Visual Basic successfully lowered the bar for entry such that just about anybody could write a simple program.  I would even go so far as to say that Visual Basic was a key to […]


Which Screen Size is Right for iOS?

By Paul Ballard on September 19, 2012

Leaving the original blockbuster smartphone specs in the dust, the new iPhone 5 has exploded from the 4’s screen size of 3.5″ to the colossal measurement of 4″.  That’s right, a whopping 0.5″ taller than the original.  Truly revolutionary.  While this much screen might seem to be encroaching on the iPad’s incredibly popular 9.7″ form […]


Have You Installed Windows 8 Yet?

By Paul Ballard on September 12, 2012

It’s been just under one month since Windows 8 was unleashed onto the world wide web. After much hyperbole and wringing of hands we thought its time to check in with the developers out there and see how its fairing.  Have you taken the leap and installed it?  Did our 5 Days of Windows 8 […]


Should Your New App Target Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8

By Paul Ballard on June 26, 2012

The recent announcement of Windows Phone 8 has left more than a few people shaking their head in confusion over Microsoft’s decision not to support current hardware devices with the new mobile OS.  While the leap forward offered by a shared core with Windows 8 can provide developers with an easier transition between Metro UI […]


If Windows 8 Is Too Radical For Your Desktop, Which OS Would You Switch To?

By Paul Ballard on May 31, 2012

A very well thought out and informative blog post from Michael Mace has the world contemplating the effects of the radical change Windows 8 represents for desktop users.  Love it or hate it, Microsoft is betting the proverbial farm on this release and their ability to get desktop users to embrace the Metro UI.  But […]


What Is The Best Browser for Developers?

By Paul Ballard on May 3, 2012

Now that the dust has settled on our last poll, it’s time to once again poke and prod at the psyche of our developer mentality.  In today’s poll, we want to know what you think the best browser is for developers, and in the comment links be sure to tell us why.  Is Internet Explorer […]


And The Winner Is…. Our .NET ORM Poll Results

By Paul Ballard on April 18, 2012

It’s been a full week since we published a poll asking users to tell us which ORM for .NET they think is best.  Although there were some late entries into the field, the the winner with 37.9% of the votes is Microsoft’s own Entity Framework.  Perhaps a more interesting statistic though is that 56% of […]


Which ORM is the Best for .NET?

By Paul Ballard on April 11, 2012

It’s been called “The Vietnam of Computer Science” and debate over which ORM is the best has been known to cause normally docile techno-types to break out into rage fueled fisticuffs.  People have a very emotional bond with their tools and ORMs seem to be particularly precious to those that use them.  So we’re going to […]


Which App Ecosystem Will Bring In The Big Bucks?

By Paul Ballard on February 22, 2012

When most developers are asked which of the various “App” ecosystems they should write for, a well-known few seem to always be at the tip of our tongues. Of course there is the iOS ecosystem with more than 300 million devices on the streets of the world targeting that platform will get you the single […]


Tell us what courses you want in 2012 and beyond

By pluralsight on January 9, 2012

Pluralsight is ramping up for an exciting 2012 full of new course releases each and every week. We have some ambitious content goals for the year but we’d love more direction from you, our customers. Please take a minute to fill out the following survey: [polldaddy poll=5825551] If you have a specific course idea that […]