Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette has been hooked on computers ever since he laid eyes on a TRS-80 in the local Radio Shack. Since graduating from NC State University he has programmed everything from serial device drivers and debuggers to web servers. After a delightful break working on commercial video games, Ed reluctantly returned to business software. He currently develops enterprise software for Android phones and tablets.In his copious spare time, Ed writes and speaks about all kinds of technology and software. His most recent books include the Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide from O'Reilly and Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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Apple's new iPhone restrictions and the 5 stages of grief

Apple's new iPhone restrictions and the 5 stages of grief

Apple's developer agreement for iPhone OS 4 requires apps to be "originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine". With this change, Apple appears to have put the kibosh on hundreds of apps already on the market and destroyed a cottage industry of cross-platform tools including Flash CS5, Unity, and MonoTouch.

published April 13, 2010 by

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Android 2.1 update causes major 2D slowdown on Droid

Android 2.1 update causes major 2D slowdown on Droid

Verizon has begun rolling out an over the air update for the Motorola Droid Sholes, but early adopters say that the Android 2.1 update is causing noticeable performance problems for some applications. In one case, frame rates dropped from a smooth 60 frames per second down to 30.

published April 2, 2010 by

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Exclusive: Early unboxing and teardown of Apple iPad

Exclusive: Early unboxing and teardown of Apple iPad

After hearing that UPS was holding all iPad orders until April 3rd, I was very surprised when mine arrived two days early! I wasn't sure what to expect given all the hype coming from Steve Jobs and Apple. How could they possibly fit all those features in such a tiny package? The answer became obvious once the seal was broken.

published March 31, 2010 by

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What does the future hold for the Java Community Process (JCP)?

What does the future hold for the Java Community Process (JCP)?

The Java Community Process, or JCP, was created by Sun as the standards setting body for the Java language, libraries, and runtime. From 1998 to 2009, Sun ruled the JCP with an iron fist, but now that Oracle is calling the shots that will inevitably be changing. In this Q&A with Tony de la Lama from Embarcadero Technologies, he considers the future of Java and the JCP. Tony was a JCP founding executive committee member from 2000-2003, and used to be the general manager of Borland's Java business, so he has an interesting take on the issue.

published March 29, 2010 by

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Google decides to stay in China after all

Google decides to stay in China after all

In a compromise move, Google announced they will not abandon the China market after all. Instead, they will move their servers and domain name to Hong Kong, while keeping their developers and sales personnel where they are now on the mainland.

published March 23, 2010 by

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Why Google should stay in China

Why Google should stay in China

Google's actions will only hurt Google, its shareholders, and those that depend on the Web 2.0 ecosystems Google has been nurturing. Google will lose a lifeline into a vibrant economy and culture, one that that it desperately needs to understand and leverage in order to continue its historic growth in the years ahead.

published March 19, 2010 by

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How to use Multi-touch in Android 2

How to use Multi-touch in Android 2

This is the first in a series of articles on developing multi-touch applications with Android 2.x. It is excerpted from Chapter 11 of the book "Hello, Android! (3rd edition)", available in beta now at The Pragmatic Programmers.

published March 2, 2010 by

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How MonoTouch gets around Apple's VM restrictions

How MonoTouch gets around Apple's VM restrictions

You've probably heard that Apple does not allow any interpreted or run-time compiled programs on the iPhone. That's why you don't see Flash, C#, or Java programs there. Now, companies like Adobe and Novell are trying to do something about that. In a ZDNet Q&A, Joseph Hill, product manager for Mono at Novell explains their approach with MonoTouch.

published February 18, 2010 by

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Kindle developers: Don't ask, don't tell

Kindle developers: Don't ask, don't tell

Hypothetically speaking, if I had received an invite to join the Kindle Development Kit for active content limited Beta program, which I didn't, and had read over the Terms and Conditions for the KDK, which don't officially exist, I wouldn't have seen this section.

published February 7, 2010 by

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Computer-driven trading puts stock exchanges at risk

Computer-driven trading puts stock exchanges at risk

Here's a scary thought for you. Every day, hundreds of billions of dollars of financial transactions are driven completely autonomously by computer algorithms. The fate of corporations and nations rests on bits of computer code sent out by their makers to do battle in a high-stakes trading war. And when something goes wrong, it can go spectacularly wrong.

published January 27, 2010 by

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