Implementing Sharing in Xamarin Forms

One thing you may want to do within your Xamarin application is to allow users to share items that your application may capture, such as photos. While this isn’t quite trivial in Xamarin Forms as it’s different for both iOS and Android, this isn’t too hard to implement with the power of renderers. We’re going…

Creating a Secondary (bottom) iOS Toolbar in Xamarin Forms

Xamarin Forms is a really great platform for mobile app development – we have used it on several apps now and had much better results than when trying to use the native SDK’s directly. Every now and then though you run up against a roadblock with the default renderer implementations where some feature (perhaps a…

Unit Testing Your Xamarin Forms Applications with F# and FsUnit

One of the best and easiest ways to use F# in your projects is to use it for unit testing and the same can be said for your mobile applications with Xamarin. While C# has FluentAssertions as well as Should (I prefer the syntax of FluentAssertions between the two) F# has FsUnit to give more…

Understanding Native Image Sizing in Xamarin Forms Apps

This post is about probably my least favorite part of mobile app development – figuring out and assembling all of the various images needed to build an application and publish it into the stores. Each platform has its own requirements for this, and often you will need to provide multiple resolution versions within each platform…

Fixing MacBook Pro Windows 10 In Place Upgrade Issues

On my production machine, my Apple MacBook Pro, I did an in place upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I ran into a couple of bumps and got them figured out so I thought I’d post this for others seeing the same problems. That way when combined with the power of Greyskull (AKA internet…

Taming the SplitView Control in Windows 10

Of all the new controls featured in Windows 10, SplitView is perhaps the most emblematic. SplitView makes it easy to implement “hamburger menu” interfaces like the ones featured in Windows 10’s built-in News, Sports, and Photos apps, among others. A hamburger icon consisting of three horizontal bars sits atop a ribbon on the left side…

Where Oh Where Did My Response.SignOut Go in ASP.NET v.Next beta 6?

If you’ve just fought through an update from ASP.NET v.Next beta whatever to beta 6 and now you’re staring down the last few red squiggled lines only to come across this little gem about SignOut no longer existing, I can help you get back to signing out in just a few steps.     AuthenticationManager…

Exciting New Things in F# 4.0

With the latest news of the release of Visual Studio 2015 some folks may not have realized but included in it is the newest release of F# 4.0. The .NET Blog has also officially announced the RTM. The most exciting thing about this release of F# is that, since F# has been open source for…

Azure Bits #4 – Adding the Azure Web Job

This post’s main objective was originally about completing the initial skeleton of uploading an image from a web page and generating a thumbnail from an Azure Web Job using Azure Blob Storage and Azure Queues, but it turned into a pretty large refactoring in anticipation of having something a bit more realistic to eventually post…

My First CodeStock Experience

I’ve gone to few conferences lately since starting my software development career. I plan on going to several more as I find them throughout the year. Just recently, I decided to checkout CodeStock. Why go all the way to Knoxville, TN for a conference I’ve never been to before? Wintellect helped sponsor the conference and…

Build an Angular 2 App – Data Binding Syntax

In our previous article about building a simple application in Angular 2, we laid the foundation for moving forward and covered all the very basics about bootstrapping your application. However, it’s more or less a hello world application, and that, has been done already a number of ways. The goal is to build a small…

Cloud Saturday Atlanta – a Call for Speakers

Cloud Saturday is a new event for the Atlanta area, and we are currently looking for speaker submissions. The event is being planned for 9/26, and will be held in Alpharetta at Microsoft’s regional training facility. While Microsoft is a sponsor, this event is open to ALL cloud platforms. Amazon, Google, Microsoft and any other…
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