Unity, one gaming development platform to unite them all, up for sale - CNET. When World of Warcraft maker Blizzard set out to make a card game that worked on computers and mobile devices, it used tools made by Unity to help bring it to life.
Blizzard created Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which has become one of its most popular titles. That success is due to how easy it is to use on both PCs and tablets, a big accomplishment for Blizzard since Hearthstone was its first-ever game for mobile devices. Much of the credit goes to Unity's tools, which make it easier to create games that work across devices, said Jason Chayes, who headed up production for Hearthstone. "It was a first for Blizzard to bring a game to mobile devices, and we wanted it to be a great experience," he said.
Unity made that possible. Chayes and his team aren't the only ones tapping into Unity's game engine to save time and effort. More importantly, nearly half of all mobile game developers today use Unity. Is this good or bad news for Unity and game developers? Unity declined to comment. Microsoft acquires cross-platform mobile app power with HockeyApp.
Adding to its toolset for cross-platform mobile applications, Microsoft has acquired a small German software company, called HockeyApp, that has developed a service for crash analysis and beta testing of mobile applications.
Microsoft plans to fold the functionality into its own Visual Studio Online, a hosted service for managing the lifecycles of applications being developed by teams of programmers. There, it will be incorporated into the Visual Studio Online’s Application Insights portfolio of services, now in preview, for monitoring app usage and behavior. “Integrating HockeyApp crash reports with Application Insights usage analytics will extend device support for Application Insights across all major mobile platforms and make application analytics an ambient part of the application development cycle,” wrote S. Somasegar, Microsoft corporate vice president overseeing the company’s developer division, in a blog item posted Thursday announcing the purchase. Visual Studio Code: A fast, lightweight, cross-platform code editor.
Microsoft released its first cross-platform code editor named Visual Studio Code recently.
Coincidentally, I then received an email alert a few days later noting that the first pre-release version of this book is now available for free. Charles Petzold is one of those guys that should need no introduction. But as the author of the "Programming Windows" books, he holds a special place in my life even though I've never actually met him. 25 years ago, before leaving banking to seek a career in the computer industry, I used to read and re-read the then-current version of that book, which was an enormous, Bible-sized hard cover.
My coworkers thought I was nuts. Over time, Mr. Cross Platform Mobile Development Tools: Market Analysis & Forecast - Third Edition. Research and Markets Logo.
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Microsoft backs Java for cross-platform mobile apps. Over the years, Microsoft has not been the biggest advocate for Java, no matter how pervasive it has become.
In fact, the company was entangled in a bitter legal battle over the platform with Java founder Sun Microsystems many years ago. But times have changed. Simplifying Cross-Platform Mobile App Development with Xamarin.Forms. Cross Platform C# Simplifying Cross-Platform Mobile App Development with Xamarin.Forms Lots of decisions go into creating cross-platform apps.
Without Xamarin.Forms, the decision process is almost too unwieldy. Here's how it can simplify your mobile development. Get Code Download Over the past several years, developers have been excited by the ability of Xamarin to target various mobile platforms and share code across these platforms. One feature that developers have been asking for over the years is the ability to share UI code between various platforms.
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