I'll Get A Zune When ...

by Jon Davis 30. November 2008 02:42

I'll get a Zune when Microsoft admits that the Zune was the backup plan for replacing Windows Mobile, and that they've been taking their time because they wanted to make the transition worthwhile and do app accessibility and multithreading right.

If that's not ever going to happen, I won't ever get a Zune. But who knows what Microsoft will pack into future versions of Zune... I might reconsider.

What I want, as a developer (albeit, a tinkerer, but point being not an end-user), is productivity application support, not just games development support. I'm very happy that XNA now supports Zune, but frankly I don't know who's interested in that except for Microsoft. Now if Microsoft can expand on this API set and make XNA for Zune support productivity applications development as a whiz-bang PDA platform, I'd go super-nuts with it.

More specifically, I guess what I'm looking for is a set of practical, nice-looking, and responsive UI controls, a rich networking stack, an integrated browser API (a la webkit but I guess using IE Mobile), appropriately categorized app accessibility, and the packaging and branding of a small, lightweight device, not a heavyweight song-playing brick. Also need multitouch if XNA 3 doesn't already have it, I haven't checked.

I want these things because I'm still in love with my yester-year's news iPhone, and XNA development just does not compare with iPhone development. iPhone isn't about games, it has never been about games, even though iPhone has an awful lot of games running on it.

And of course I'd be absolutely happy if it went the other way around, if everything on the Zune ended up on Windows Mobile as far as the developer is concerned (i.e. full support for XNA 3), as long as the Windows Mobile UX is still overhauled. I just always hated the Start menu on Windows Mobile, and I LOOOOVE Zune's UX although it's suited specifically for entertainment and not productivity.

XNA 3.0 CTP Released

by Jon Davis 8. May 2008 14:12

For fun, I watch the XNA community, although I haven't participated as much as I wish because of time constraints (of course).

An XNA 3.0 CTP has just been released, which targets both Windows and -- yay! -- the Zune.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DF4AF56A-58A7-474C-BFD0-7CF8ED3036A3&displaylang=en

I want to get me a Zune. Now they just need to tie Zune with Windows Mobile for Smart Phones so I can carry only one brick around with me instead of two...

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
 
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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