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Archive for August 14th, 2014

Tim Anderson on Developing an app on Microsoft Azure: a few quick reflections…

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/14

Very nice summary: Developing an app on Microsoft Azure: a few quick reflections….


Posted in .NET, .NET 4.5, C#, C# 4.0, C# 5.0, C# 6 (Roslyn), Cloud Development, Development, Software Development, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2014, Visual Studio and tools, Windows Azure | Leave a Comment »

Michael Kaplan’s Sorting it All Out blog is back! http:/// (via Tim’s comment)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/14

A while ago, Tim mentioned that [WayBack] Michael Kaplan’s blog “Sorting it All Out” on MSDN was gone.

I amended my original post because of it (see below), and I’m really happy that Tim kept track of his comment, and just posted a new comment:

Michael Kaplan’s Sorting it All Out blog is back! [WayBack] http:///

Back to the original edit I made as the new blog doesn’t (yet?) has all the content of the old blog:

Edit: Michael’s MSDN blog is officially dead, but there are the nice web archive and web cache virtues:

Michael also appeared on this 30 minute podcast episode: [WayBackHanselminutes Technology Podcast – Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives for Developers – Sorting out Internationalization with Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is a Developer in the Windows International group and the author of the popular ‘Sorting It Out’ blog that is dedicated it all things ‘-ization.’ That means Globalization, Internationalization, and Localization. This show is is brought to you by the CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER A.

Some key points:

  • Use these languages for UI testing
    • English as it is common and slightly wordy
    • German because it is
      • more wordy (30-50% more than English) to test for clipping text, and used enough to warrant the energy
    • Turkish because of the Turkish i
    • Arabic (is right-to-left, cursive and has ligatures) or Hebrew (which is just right-to-left and cursive)
    • Thai because it has plenty of word-breaking issues and tests Uniscribe well
  • Push UTF-8 all the way through your system and back and avoid question marks and other

After that: time to catch up on Michael’s new blog (:


via: Delphi: a few short notes on LoadString and loading shell resource strings for specific LCIDs

Posted in Development, internatiolanization (i18n) and localization (l10), Software Development, User Experience (ux) | Leave a Comment »

Why IKEA’s font switch from Futura to Verdana mattered (via: National Post)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/14

The point made by Simson Garfield below reminds me I haven’t been at IKEA for a long long while (:

Verdana was everywhere, and now it was in one more place. It was becoming a non-font that we don’t even register. Which is precisely why it was so effective, and exactly why it was chosen.


via: Why IKEA’s font switch from Futura to Verdana mattered | National Post.

PS: for people that also missed it and want to see the differences:

Posted in About, Personal, Power User, Typography | Leave a Comment »

Z80: the “User Manual” was already 300+ pages (:

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/14

Today yet another post in the series of BitSavers and History articles.

I already wrote a bit on the Z80 processor in XOR swap/exchange: nowadays an almost extinct means to exchange two distinct variables of the same size.

Popular Z80 powered computers were Amstrad CPCMSXExidy Sorcerer,  TRS-80P2000, Sinclair ZX80ZX81 and ZX SpectrumKayproOsborne 1 and the Z-80 SoftCard for Apple II.

The Z80 was widely popular in the 1980s as it could do more than the MOS 6502 of that time:

Still the XOR swap algorithm was used a lot back then because of register pressure in the Z80.

Compared to current processors you’d think the Z80 was so small that a few pages of documentation would suffice.

Not so: back then they had a truckload of documentation and it would all be on paper (PDF ame in 1993 and it took quite a while to become popular).

Some of the Z80 documentation has found its way to


Posted in Assembly Language,, Development, History, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

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