Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Indie Pop Heaven

Now this is the Hall of Fame of the best alternative pop (or indie pop) bands. If you want to know how independence sounds here is the place to begin!

Blue Foundation
Stars
Chumbawamba
Saint Etienne
Tracey Thorn
Cocosuma
Morcheeba

The Ting Tings
Ladyhawke
La Roux
The Cardigans
Lilly Allen
Bat for Lashes
Regina Spector
Feist

Empire of the Sun
MGMT

Ladytron
Erlend Oye / Kings of Convenience
Sneaker Pimps

Editors
Doves
White Lies
Kings of Leon
Klaxxons
Muse

Mando Diao
Franz Ferdinans
Kaiser Chiefs

The Blow
I Monster
HK 119
Tegan and Sara
2raumwohnung
A Camp
Air France
Beck
Kent
Everything but the girl
Fantastic Plastic Machine
Goldfrapp
Natalie Imbruglia

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Comparison of Windows Mobile Touch Control Libraries

The title tells it all, this is a Comparison of finger optimized touch screen control kits (with kinetic scrolling) for Windows Mobile 6+

Product name: Mirabyte
Link: http://www.mirabyte. … -suite/features.html
Pros: Cheap, Visual editor support, Tech support, Docs, Community
Cons: Limited feature set, a bit buggy
1 Developer license: 69,95 EUR (binary), 199,95 EUR (source)
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

Product name: SlideUI
Link: http://www.devslide.com/products/slideui
Pros: Feature rich, Visual editor support, Docs, Tech support
Cons: Very Expensive
1 Developer license: 499 USD
5 Developers license: 899 USD
Enterprise license: 1499 USD

Product name: BeeMobile
Link: http://beemobile4.net/?mod=products
Pros: Visual editor support, Good touch list, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Expensive
1 Developer license: 259.95 €
5 Developers license: 519.95 €
Enterprise license: 779.95 €

Product name: Resco
Link: http://www.resco.net … oolkit/overview.aspx
Pros: Most feature rich, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: $749.95
4 Developers license: $1,499.95
Enterprise license: $2,999.95

Product name: Resco
Link: http://www.resco.net … oolkit/overview.aspx
Pros: Most feature rich, Tech support, Docs
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: $749.95
4 Developers license: $1,499.95
Enterprise license: $2,999.95

Product name: Fluid
Link: http://fluid.codeplex.com/
Pros: Free, Many features
Cons: No tech support, No docs, No visual editor support?, Abandoned?
1 Developer license: Free
5 Developers license: Free
Enterprise license: Free

Product name: Silvermoon
Link: http://silvermoon.codeplex.com/
Pros: Free
Cons: Requires OpenGL, No tech support, No docs
1 Developer license: Free
5 Developers license: Free
Enterprise license: Free

Product name: ComponentOne
Link: http://www.component … oducts/StudioMobile/
Pros:
Cons: Very expensive
1 Developer license: 800-1100 $
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

Product name: inGear
Link: http://www.ingeardri … tspda/widgetspda.htm
Pros:
Cons: Strange and highly confusing non-informative website
1 Developer license: 299-999 $
5 Developers license:
Enterprise license:

A note about being cheap/expensive: surely it won’t hurt a company to pay 500 € for a toolkit it would have to develop on its own, probably consuming a lot more money. However, you’ll think twice and consider the benefits if you have limited to zero budget and you are developing for fun.

And the winner is:
I would rather not bother trying a library without visual designer toolbar support. Otherwise, being a kinetic scrolling touch list the main feature it really does not matter which kit you take. If you need a more sophisticated grid or tree, you’ll probably choose BeeMobile or Resco. But for a simple list I’d take Mirabyte - it is well supported and is really affordable. And don’t blame me for not choosing open source - the free kits are simply not mature enough and hey, we talking about .NET after all…

The bottom line:
Test it before going into deep implementation of your project. Kitenic scrolling lists are cool in an iPhone or Android phone, but can be real painful to use on a Windows Mobile device because of poor touch pressure sensitivity. In some cases you have to use the stylus or you could break a finger…

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