Oh Apple, I’m such a fool…


I am sorry message

Oh Apple, I’ve made such a fool of myself. Why? Why did I fall for the lure of the slim lines? the promise of the wearables? I was sure that Android was going to make me happy, to fill the gaps that had grown between us. I cannot believe I fell for it.

After a month of trying to fit in with the new crowd I just knew it was a hopeless task. Yes it was nice to parade around with wrist notifications and changeable faces, but that pretty much sums it up, a facade. Too many variables, too many inconsistencies. I miss our time together Apple, I even find I’m missing the ‘problems’ we had, the fights, the ‘Siri’ irriate moments.  Please can we go back to the way things were, please can you give me another chance. I’ll wait patiently for iWatch, I’ll even stop complaining about the quality of the beta, I know it won’t be easy to start with, but I’m sure together we can make it work.

Yours hopefully.

Paul x.

Building dxHotels from the ground up


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Following a recent webinar on what went into the building of DXHotels a lot of people got in touch and asked if I could show how to actually *build* it. That sounded like a great idea since it is a good example of a real world scenario website and the hurdles faced would provide beneficial discussion points. The challenge of course is condensing weeks of work and demonstrating the core elements in only a couple of hours. Lets face it, no one really wants to see me typing code do they!?

During 2 x 1 hour live sessions I will be taking you through creating the DX Hotels WebForms application from scratch… you will see how;

– To create a new ASP.NET WebForms application with the DevExpress Wizard.
– Easy it is to build stunning looking pages with very little code behind.
– To embed the powerful DevExpress ASP.NET controls to save time and provide amazing results.
– Use CSS to extend the look, feel and functionality even further.

It’s going to be a fairly fast paced, technical presentation but as always recordings will be made available via YouTube on the DevExpress channel.

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You can follow along even if you are not a DevExpress customer by downloading a FREE trial copy of the components here.

To register for the webinar click here.

If there are topics or technologies you would like to see me present on, please feel free to leave a comment below, email me or send a tweet.

A refreshing change…


Happy New Year everyone, some people are still in 2014 while this is being composed, but hour by hour each part of the world will join the wonder that will be 2015.

I was checking my email this morning and came across a note from the CEO of SmartSheet. They produce an amazing tool for business collaboration, powerful spreadsheet functionality, gantt charts along with a raft of cool tools.

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What struck me with this letter was the fact that Mark was upfront, no sugar coating, just told it as it was, they had problems, took action and resolved it. The approach to tell their customers exactly what went down I feel was something other CEO’s should take on board. I hate not knowing what went wrong when tech doesn’t work, worse I hate being lied to and hoodwinked. There are so many services we are dependant on these days, glitches are going to occur. Of course I’m likely to be upset when it does, but I’ll get over it. It goes a long way to keeping my custom when letters like the one above are sent though.

The other thing that I noticed is the phrase … “Your passion and commentary exhibited on social, email, and via phone” – how often do we vent on Twitter or other social media outlets when something is wrong, and it got me wondering how healthy or fair that really is for a business. In the case above there was a problem, but a quick look at some accounts and you can see individuals ranting and publicly ridiculing products when in fact the issue was their lack of understanding or knowledge on how to do something.

Well, kudos to Mark for the letter and I hope as we usher in 2015 more companies will be transparent when dealing with the masses.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Dear Apple, it’s over. ..


Dear Apple,  I’m sorry but it’s just not working out. It’s not you, it’s me.  Look, the last four years have been good. I’m not going to forget the memories we made. Yes,  we’ve had our ups and downs, but it’s just not the same any more. I remember how excited I used to get when an update was announced,  or staying up all night just to see a keynote. But the passion is waning. Then there are all the health issues you’ve had, the constant rebooting, the lackluster battery, the fights with Xcode, the mediocre updates. You teased me with your promise of a wearable, but it seems to be just more of the same,  lack of care for developers and more media hype,  your dad would be horrified if he knew what you were up to.  I’m sorry it’s time I moved on.   In fact I’ve a confession to make,  you remember that skinny white phone that’s been hanging around my desk, well its become serious between us, in fact I’m now using it and the watch as my primary device. You see I no longer have to use propriety IDE’s and learn obscure languages, I can use cool tools like DevExtreme by DevExpress and target more than you offered. So this is it, this is goodbye.

Paul

Discover ASP.NET MVC and the DevExpress Extensions


With only a couple of weeks to go before the exciting new launch of the DevExpress v14.2 release, I decided to start taking a look at ASP.NET MVC and how WinForm and WebForm (ASP.NET) developers can make the leap into this ever expanding, ever trending technology.

Join me as I take the lid off the mysteries, review where it came from and why, and how easy it is to start building stellar websites when you add the DevExpress ASP.NET MVC extensions to a project.

As always, for the APAC region it is an early start, but don’t let that stop you, register and receive a link to the YouTube recording later in the day :)

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Discover DX Hotels


This week Julian M Bucknall and I are going to take you on a tour behind the scenes of DX Hotels, the mock hotel booking site we introduced in 14.1.

From it’s conception to final publishing, DX Hotels contains best practices, stunning graphics, design and layout as well as a rich mobile and desktop UI.

Join Julian and I as we show you how to extend the DevExpress ASP.NET controls to achieve some of the beautiful effects in the demo, examine the code behind and explore the client side tips and tricks. 

To register click here.

Yes, it is another early presentation, so if you cannot make it, register anyway and receive the link to the recording afterwards :)

Real World: Using Legacy Web Services with Mobile Apps


I’m sure we would all love to work in an environment where as soon as a cool new technology is available we can switch everything over! The reality is we don’t (or at least the people I get to talk to don’t!) So for many the mobile dilemma is simple… how do I get to access my legacy web services while building modern mobile apps?

I’m going to show you how to do just that in a webinar on October 22 (EDT), use the following link https://www.devexpress.com/Support/Webinars/ to reserve a spot, even if you cannot make it on the day, you will get sent a YouTube link afterwards.