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.

iPhone 6 -> 3 weeks in


Over the years I have always enjoyed getting my hands on the latest gadgets, and my time as an Apple developer has been no different, as soon as a phone was announced I’d want to be among the first to get it.  This year Apple announced that it would release to multiple countries on the same day, so being in Australia would mean we would be one of the first in the world!!

The pre-order site went live at 5:30pm local time on Friday September 12 and my order was completed within minutes….  let the wait begin.

At 8:30am on Friday September 19, the courier knocked on the door delivering my coveted device. My first thoughts on removing the wrapping … what a dull box, the rather nondescript plain white with slightly raised outline was a little disappointing, next the unboxing itself…

I must say that I felt a little underwhelmed when I first took hold of the phone, it felt, well, wrong. After a short wait for my backup to be transferred I was able to start playing.  There is no dispute that the form factor is amazing, thin and feels nice, I’m just not a fan of the size. All of a sudden I’m using too hands or doing crazy thumb stretches to reach different parts of the screen. I knew a quick double tap on the home button would bring screens down to make this easier, but there are so many issues trying to do this I found it simply not worth it.

Three weeks on and I’m still getting used to the phone, I don’t think I could go back to an iPhone 5s, though its still a little awkward if not frustrating dealing with thumb stretches. A friend of mine decided to go with the 6 Plus, I’m pleased I didn’t, it just seems uncomfortable, we jokingly call it the iPad mini mini. One annoyance and I’m not yet sure if it is an iOS 8 issue or the phone, is the lack of rotation support (read: BUG), many apps (including Apple ones) do not respond to the phone being rotated, I have to go back to the home screen then back again, weird!

What has been really quite fun to play with writing code that takes advantage of the new sizing API’s in iOS8 but thats a post for another day. In the meantime I’m watching eagerly for the release date of the Apple Watch :)

Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer


Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer

The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer is a cycling journey throughout Queensland’s scenic countryside that I’m embarking on to fight cancer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!

Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, a worldwide leader in cancer research and discovery and one of the largest research institutes in the southern hemisphere.

Thank you in advance for your help.



DevExpress 14.1 – the Good, the Great and the downright Cool!


This is not the first time I have participated in a major product release during my time here at DevExpress, but I still can’t help getting caught up in the excitement surrounding our twice yearly launch (let’s not get into a debate on biannual vs biennial).

The focus is on becoming a UI Superhero and delivering amazing user-experiences across .Net platforms and next-gen mobile devices.

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Just when you think there are no more features to add into the toolbox, the boffins decide to prove you wrong, again! 14.1 contains new controls across ALL the technologies supported, over the last few weeks, the teams have been providing teasers on what we can expect in this drop.

Here is a quick snapshot:

WinForms: 9 new controls, 11 major controls enhanced
WPF: 4 new controls, 2 new services and 8 major controls enhanced
Win8/XAML: 4 new controls, cool new features added to grid control
ASP.NET WebForms + MVC: 3 New Controls, 8 sets of enhancements

The list goes on.

My favourites have to be

1. The ASP.NET Report Designer (CTP)
Create and edit XtraReports right in your browser :)

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and

2. PDF Viewer enhancements
Page Rotation, Deletion/Extract and Merge functionality :)

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For the first time ever, there is going to be a 24 hour live webinar leading up to the launch, this will feature all your favourite speakers, Seth, Amanda, Mehul, Mark, Don, Rachel, Julian, Amy, Areg and of course me :)

For the rest of the week, key team members will be presenting the “What’s New in 14.1″ webinars to ensure you get to see the best features in all their glory. Click here for full details on all the webinars.