Category Archives: Essentials

Yet Another Podcast #182: OzCode

OzCode is an extraordinary debugging tool for Visual Studio (Windows).  I’m joined by Omer Raviv, Creator and CTO of OzCode and Alon Fliess, Co-founder of CodeValue and Chief Architect at OzCode. Alon is a Microsoft Regional Director and an Azure MVP. OzCode Website OzCode on VS … Continue reading

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Xamarin Quick Hit: Dimming a button to indicate it is disabled

I often have to dim a button to indicate that it is disabled, and I want to do that via data binding.

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Visual Studio for Mac – my newest Pluralsight Course

  At the core of effective application development is a thorough knowledge of Visual Studio Mac. In this course, Visual Studio for Mac, you will learn how to work with VS Mac to produce enterprise-quality software.  First, you will explore the … Continue reading

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Learn to Program (From Scratch!)

John Papa and I have just released our new Play by Play on Learning To Program.   If you know of someone who has wanted to learn to code but didn’t know where to start, this might be a great option.

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Building Your App On App Center

In my previous (and first) blog post on App Center I talked about getting started, adding the SDK to your code, and looking at Analytics and Crash reporting.  In this post I’d like to discuss building your app on App … Continue reading

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Getting Started with VS App Center

There is no doubt that Microsoft’s VS App Center is an incredible resource for mobile application programmers.  The problem is that it seems hard to get started.  The good news is that once you get started, it turns out to … Continue reading

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Shawn Wildermuth on “Hello World – The Film” and much more

Shawn Wildermuth has been tinkering with computers and software since he got a Vic-20 back in the early ‘80s. As a Microsoft MVP since 2003, he’s also involved with Microsoft as an ASP.NET Insider and ClientDev Insider. You may have … Continue reading

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Creating A Generic Report in Xamarin.Forms

I recently had a client who wanted to create simple reports that consisted of a variable number of columns, followed by a “more” button that takes you to a page with the full details.  The problem was that they didn’t … Continue reading

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Jeff Fritz on ASP.NET Core

Jeffrey T. Fritz is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s Developer Outreach Group that works with the community on open source projects and the new Microsoft .NET Core framework. As a long time web developer with experience in large and … Continue reading

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Speaking at DevIntersections Spring 2018

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Building A Generic SQLite Repository

In a recent project, I found myself needing multiple, seemingly unrelated databases.  It was crazy to copy and paste the code for such basic operations as getting all the data, etc., so the obvious alternative was a generic repository, and … Continue reading

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Getting a PDF from a remote host to a Xamarin.Forms Application

It is fairly easy to display a PDF file that is local to your phone.  For example, see this article from Xamarin.com. A bit trickier is to get a PDF from a server and then to display it.  Here’s how … Continue reading

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