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Open Sourcing Surge

I’m finally biting the bullet and open sourcing Surge – the source is now available on GitHub. I’ve been thinking about open sourcing it for years, but I’ve always been hesitant – it’s the first project I’ve stuck with for more than a few months, and I’ve learnt an incredible amount since starting it – […]

Moving Surge.Core from C# to F#

As I’ve mentioned before, learning F# has been one of my goals for a while. During Christmas (2014), I decided to use the free time to start on this, and it’s gone very well. I went through various tutorials and books, and then went in the deep end and rewrote the entire back-end of Surge […]

Surge 2.0 Released

Surge 2.0 has been released! This has been a LONG time coming – it’s been 15 months since the initial release of Surge and I’ve not done a single update. The problem is that as it’s a hobby project, I’ve (a) ignored it when life has been in the way, and (b) I use it […]

John Sonmez’s Blogging Email Course

If you look at the date difference between this post and my last few, you’ll see that I haven’t really blogged in months. This is a real shame, as I’d put a lot of effort into starting the blog and getting a routine going, but I ran out ideas and wasn’t sure what direction I […]

Windows 8.1 Universal Apps (Part 4: XAML)

XAML As mentioned in the previous post in this series, by default App.xaml will be in the Shared folder, but you’ll have a unique MainPage.xaml for Windows and Windows Phone. You may have wondered that, as you can clearly share App.xaml between projects, if you can share other XAML. The answer is yes: you can […]

Link: Bing Developer Assistant

For a while now, I’ve been using Bing Code Search in Visual Studio, and recently Microsoft did a rather substantial update where they combined the extension with the Visual Studio Sample Browser and created the Bing Developer Assistant. It has three core components: It extends IntelliSense, giving you suggestions on how to use the code […]

Windows 8.1 Universal Apps (Part 1: The Basics)

What are Universal Apps for Windows 8.1? Universal Apps are Microsoft’s current solution to the problem of multiple devices. When you create a Universal App, you have one solution that will run on both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. This works because Windows Phone 8.1’s runtime (WinPRT) is, generally speaking, completely compatible with […]

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Alex Hardwicke

A programming blog, focused on Xamarin & F#.