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Crossing the Windows Desktop Bridge

Posted by Matt Wilhelm on Jul 5, 2017 11:32:32 AM

Choosing the right tech stack for a project can be difficult.  There are many factors that weigh in on which tools to use.  Your team's proficiency in a language, available frameworks, hardware requirements, existing components, and many other variables help shape this decision.

For a recent project we build a WPF application to run on the windows 10 platform, but we were hoping to take advantage of some of the new hotness that didn't exist in Windows when WPF was created.  Enter the Windows Desktop Bridge, or Project Centennial depending on how you google it. 

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Topics: UWP, Centennial, WPF, Windows 10, Desktop Bridge

Introducing ELXF: A UI Framework For Concise, Maintainable & Fast Programmatic UI's For XAMARIN.FORMS

Posted by Lee Richardson on Jun 7, 2017 3:34:41 PM
Today I’m happy to announce a new UI framework for Xamarin.Forms. It’s called EasyLayout.Forms (ELXF) and is an alternative to XAML and to programmatic nested view creation.  Its goals are:
  1. Maximize UI performance by reducing excess render cycles associated with traditional view nesting
  2. Increase maintainability and readability by removing ceremony and keeping layout code concise
  3. Simplify usage of RelativeLayout while increasing its power and abstracting away its quirks

In this post I’ll briefly explain what it is, then get into why we need a new UI framework in the context of each of the above three goals.  I'll finish with limitations, some history, and how to get started.

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Going Native: Using Android Views In Xamarin.Forms

Posted by Ed Buhain on May 30, 2017 11:05:39 AM

 

We previously walked through how to get started with a cross-platform Xamarin.Forms project, but what if we started with an Android app built in Android Studio? Here's a way to re-use a lot of our Android code and layouts with Xamarin.

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Topics: Android, Xamarin

Six Disastrous Mistakes for Cross-Platform Mobile Projects

Posted by Lee Richardson on May 11, 2017 11:21:20 AM

"I'm starting a cross-platform mobile project.  What problems should my team solve before we begin?"

What an enlightened question, I thought.

The individual standing next to me at a local developer conference had a software architecture background.  He clearly understood that laying a solid foundation at the outset of a project can either spell success, or result in project delays, massive technical debt, and quagmires for even rudimentary tasks.

As a consultant of nearly two decades I've seen all too well the results of poor project planning.  After 36 individual projects, eight of which were mobile, 4 of which were cross-platform mobile, I felt comfortable answering the gentleman's question with plenty of first-hand knowledge to back it up.

This post answers the question of what problems a mobile team should consider at project outset.  It's expressed in real world mistakes and the resulting consequences as I've witnessed them.

1. Overemphasize One Platform

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Topics: Best Practices, Xamarin

Xamarin.Forms: A Fire TV Quick Start

Posted by Ed Buhain on Apr 28, 2017 10:13:11 AM

 

How hard is it for a .NET developer to build a Fire TV app with C#? With the right tools, it's pretty easy; a Fire TV app is just an Android app optimized for viewing on a TV.

Since .NET's inception, my language of choice has been C#. For the C# developer, Xamarin is a useful tool for deployment to more than one platform, such as Windows, Android, iOS, or in our case, Fire TV. With Xamarin, we can build one set of back-end tests and code in C# and share the same code among all of those platforms.

Xamarin.Forms provides even more shared functionality: with Xamarin.Forms, we can even build our views using a set of controls common to all of our target platforms.

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Topics: Android, Fire TV, Xamarin

Customizing the UI for Fire TV (and Android TV)

Posted by Pamela Vong on Apr 20, 2017 3:01:10 PM

Why would you want to build apps for Fire TV? Well, Roku may be the current leader in the market for streaming TV boxes, but Amazon Fire TV's share of the market isn't too far behind at 2nd place based on data collected from comScore as of December 2016.[1] And like other Amazon Fire OS devices, Fire TV is built on top of Android, so we can leverage most of the existing Android libraries and tools to build our TV apps, making them useable on both Fire TV and Android TV devices!

If you've used a lot of Fire TV apps before, you may have noticed many of them have a very similar look-and-feel. This is because many (if not all) of them have built their apps on top of the Android Leanback support library, so they usually end up looking similar to this out-of-the-box design:

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Topics: Android, Fire TV, Android TV, Leanback, UI, Java

Obfuscating Shared Preferences in Fire TV Apps

Posted by Ed Buhain on Apr 11, 2017 9:58:48 AM

 

What's the best way to keep secure data in our local Android or Fire TV shared preferences? Well, don't do it. If someone's curious enough, it's not too hard to dig into the Android file system to look at a particular app's preferences.

What could we do to keep curious users from breaking our app by tampering with the settings? Perhaps we could make it a little less convenient to inspect or modify the settings.

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Topics: Android, Fire TV

Abstracting Analytics: RxJava Observers in TV Apps

Posted by Ed Buhain on Apr 7, 2017 11:25:30 AM

 

Sometimes analytics are nice to have. Sometimes they're critical, like in our Fire TV apps we just published on Amazon.

Content providers and distributors are always negotiating who can show what content (and for how much). However, I imagine it's much harder to turn down the content that we, the viewers, find most valuable. Analytics are one way to find out what shows we're really watching; without analytics, it's possible that some of our favorites, like Firefly, could be cancelled after only one season!

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Topics: Fire TV, Java

Beyond Right Click Deployments to the Microsoft Cloud [video]

Posted by Roberto Hernandez on Mar 31, 2017 2:10:45 PM

Make your development strategy for the cloud a success. In this presentation from NOVA CodeCamp last fall, I discuss architecting your ASP.NET Core solution for deployment to the Microsoft Cloud, and using Azure Resource Manager PowerShell scripting as a tool to automate the creation of new environments. I also explain how to leverage tools such as Visual Studio Online for making one-click deployments a reality.

 

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Topics: Video, VisualStudio, Development, Cloud

24 Resharper Tips Every .Net Developer Should Know [video]

Posted by Lee Richardson on Mar 28, 2017 11:08:06 AM

ReSharper can massively boost productivity and improve code quality, while teaching you to be a better developer. In this presentation from NOVA CodeCamp last fall, I distill years spent mastering the tool into a discreet set of 24 tips to help you immediately get more done in less time.

(Read the 24 ReSharper tips here.)

 

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Topics: Video, Resharper, VisualStudio, Productivity, Development

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