June 9, 2018

I was fortunate enough to find myself in Auckland for a second time this year where I was invited back to the Auckland .Net User Group to talk about ".NET Everywhere". I recently had a discussion with a friend that led me down a path of discovery where I realized that...

June 9, 2018

I recently gave a presentation at the Auckland .Net User Group entitled "Ok Google, ask Alexa how to make a Chat Bot". The presentation covered the basics of some popular chat bot software options including Amazon Alexa, Google Home/DialogFlow and Microsoft's LUIS, and...

September 12, 2017

If you're a .NET developer, you're likely familiar with Newtonsoft's Json.Net framework. Using it makes working with JSON in .NET apps a breeze. Drop in the NuGet package, decorate your model classes, and if the models you're working with are of a reasonable size, you'...

August 10, 2017

The Reactive Merge operator came up recently in our office during a discussion about chickens.

 Photo credit: Eight-Bot engineer Jeff Fichtner

Let's say you construct a Rube Goldberg / Wallace and Gromit style machine to turn eggs into pancakes.

Like any good machine, it'...

June 2, 2017

In an effort to get more meaningful results from your UI tests, it can become obvious that the need for randomized data will facilitate this goal. The nature of UI testing is to test the functionality of UI elements, yet many of the apps we create as mobile developers...

May 25, 2017

Scope creep is the bane of any software project, big or small. Anyone who has worked in the software field for any length of time has experienced it, and most of us will cringe at past memories just hearing the term.

Here's an example of how it works: first, a client go...

May 19, 2017

At the last meeting of our Chicago .NET Mobile Developers meetup group, we had a series of 12-minute lightning talks on a variety of topics of interest to Xamarin developers. I gave a talk about an interesting graphics library called SkiaSharp.

The Skia Graphics Librar...

April 16, 2017

The topic of our session will be Xamarin.Forms in the Enterprise. In our session, we will look at integrating Zebra's SDK components into our Xamarin.Forms applications

July 26, 2016

I was recently working on a walkthrough library that I can reuse in my apps, and I wanted to blend the background colors together as you swipe through each page using a scroll event. After implementing it, I planned to add animations and other effects in the same way....

June 6, 2016

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to be selected again as a presenter at Xamarin Evolve. Evolve is an amazing conference and Xamarin’s passion for its developers really shines through. Being able to talk about a topic that I am massively passionate only helped...

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