Ed Burnette

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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.

Ed Burnette is a Manager of Mobile Development at SAS. However the postings on this site are his own and do not represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of his employer.

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New Epic 3D game engine toolset: Fabulous, fun, and free!

New Epic 3D game engine toolset: Fabulous, fun, and free!

This is big: Epic Games just announced the release of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of the Unreal Engine 3. This is the same technology behind popular PC and console games such as Gears of War, Unreal Tournament, Bioshock, and Medal of Honor. Now anyone can download the PC version of the UDK and immediately try it out without paying a cent.

November 5, 2009 by

Skype open source? Ain't gonna happen

Skype open source? Ain't gonna happen

The blogosphere was all a-twitter yesterday when rumors surfaced that Skype, the popular internet telephony application, would be released as open source "in the nearest future". It turns out that Skype's plans are not so grandiose, and even if they were, questions about who owns the code would prevent it from happening.

November 3, 2009 by

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.

February 18, 2010 by

Are SSDs too fast?

Are SSDs too fast?

When buying a new computer, the conventional advice is to buy the fastest one you could afford. That's what I did when I recently replaced an aging laptop with a desktop screamer sporting an Intel Solid State Drive (SSD). But now I wonder, for those of us developing software for others to use, are we doing our users a disservice by always getting the latest and greatest?

January 10, 2010 by

What's new in Android 1.6 (Donut)? Part 1: User features

What's new in Android 1.6 (Donut)? Part 1: User features

Google released the much-anticipated 1.6 version of Android to developers this week. Based on the Donut branch of the Android open source project, 1.6 is a minor update to the Android platform that could have a major impact to the bottom line of commercial Android developers. In this article I'll cover the user-facing features of this tasty new treat.

September 17, 2009 by

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