Cross platform tooling and iOS / AppStore PIE requirements

Apple have recently introduced an additional verification for iOS Appstore submissions. Developers (including myself) have received warnings that their applications are not Position Independant Executables: Non-PIE Binary – The executable ‘’ is not a Position Independent Executable. Please ensure that your build settings are configured to create PIE executables. For XCode based objective-c developers the fix is easy just enable PIE in XCode (your deployment target must be >= 4.3) – disregard the double negatives, […] Read more »

Getting into iOS and Android development with Xamarin

I haven’t posted for a while (like 6 months or so) due to a really exciting project that I have been working on. I have been bound by a confidentiality agreement and so have avoided posting in order to not cross any lines that may cause legal issues… The project that I have been working on is a multi-platform native mobile app for a major European travel company. We looked at several ways to deliver the project […] Read more »

WP7 Emulator No Go on Windows 8 inside Parallels 8

After a bunch of work trying to get the WP8 emulator running, and failing miserably, I set to work on trying to get a Windows 8 Parallels 8 environment set up for working with Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Phone 7.5. After hours of installing Visual Studio 2010, Service Packs, Microsoft Games for Windows (required by the SDK on Windows 8?!), WP SDK 7.1  and the WP SDK 7.1.1 update I was finally ready to […] Read more »

Windows Phone 7 Emulator Running on Parallels

I have previously not managed to get the Windows Phone 7 emulator running on my dev install (Windows 7 on Parallels 7). After upgrading to Parallels 8, installing the latest Parallels update for Windows 8 and the Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK update. I have managed to get it working a little more. It still takes ages to startup: 2-3 minutes of “Windows Emulator is doing a full OS boot” before the Windows Phone logo shows […] Read more »

Windows Phone 8 Emulator May Work in VMWare Fusion

So after trying to get my MacBook Pro up and running as a dev machine for Windows Phone 8, both using Parallels 8 (which is my standard VM environment) and Bootcamp, I have resorted to using a Sony Vaio instead. My current MacBook is dead-in-the water as a fully working WP8 dev machine. The final knockout blow was when I realised that the WP8 emulator requires hardware-assisted virtualisation using SLAT and that my 2009 MacBook […] Read more »

Windows Phone 8 Emulator on MacBook Pro – No SLAT

Trying desperately to try out the Windows Phone 8 emulator… I am running a mid 2009 MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. The WP8 emulator requires Hyper-V on Windows 8 and Hyper-V requires that the processor supports virtualization through Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). Intel Core i5 &, i7 should support it so a newer MacBook Pro might work, but for me that makes it impossible to run the WP8 emulator […] Read more »

Windows Phone 8 SDK on Mac OSX Parallels 8

Bad news for all us developers who use virtual machines to develop Windows software. The new WP8 emulator is a Hyper-V machine and will only run on non virtualised hosts. So my Mac OSX Parallels 8 dev setup with Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012  installed in a virtual machine will allow me to install the Windows Phone 8 SDK and all the tools but the phone emulator will not start. As far as I […] Read more »

Windows Phone 8 SDK

Windows Phone 8 was officially released yesterday the 29th and yet the Windows Phone 8 SDK is still not available… Aaargh…. Rumours say that the SDK will be released today at Build 2012 – lets see if they can finally give us all the tools we need! Channel 9 will be streaming sessions at and the keynote, which is usually where all the major announcements are made, is scheduled for 9:00 which translates to 17:00 here in Europe […] Read more »

Windows Phone 8 SDK Release?

Windows Phone 8

Like many other software developers I am awaiting the release of Windows Phone 8 SDK which didn’t ship with VS2012. According to rumors online, among others Australia’s TechEd conference website, it will be released on September 7th or 12th! This will be very exciting and obviously has been highly anticipated by software developers for months. There has been no CTP of any kind or public preview as far as I have seen – other than […] Read more »