14: The B Team

10 September 2012

Mike and Chris discuss the recent Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phone 8 announcements and how they affect your development work. We also discuss your feedback and Mike’s epic coffee fail, and some great new audience apps.

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  • Mike does not mean free software when he says open source — he means open source…
  • Michael wants to know if I think that Macs have become popular with developers because that is what their employers buy — ie would they spend the same money themselves?
  • Kostas writes in re the open-source business models: “In my opinion the only people who can afford to experiment with this are people whose lives don’t depend on the revenue from their software. That leaves just hobbyists and college students”
  • Mike has been learning Python and wants to know what GUI toolkit to use
  • David needs to buy a new PC and wants to know if I recommend a laptop or desktop.
  • Brian suggests we cover the JVM languages that are not Java and wonders what I think of the idea that Scala will replace Java
  • Regarding GO.
  • Callisto
  • Shane’s Software on the side: Java ME Permissions Suck and another Jupiter Broadcasting App

This Weeks Dev Hoopla

Fire Re-Kindled?

  • What do I need to know?
  • ICS Baby
  • Is this really Android?
  • How does this compare to the Galaxy Nexus 7?
  • What does this mean for my shiny new Android app?

Eighth Time is a Charm

  • Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Samsung Atrix — are they worth it?
  • What does Windows Phone 8 mean for me coming from Windows 7 or .Net

Book of The Week

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