SQL Operations Studio: First look at a great tool

SQL Operations Studio First Look

My main development work happens on a Mac using Mac OS because I develop apps. And frankly, I try to make a challenge out of it to not leave Mac OS for other development work as well. This works very well because of tools like Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Code. There is … Read moreSQL Operations Studio: First look at a great tool

Sending Push Notifications from a Azure Function

Sending Push Notifications from a Azure Function

For a recent project I needed to implement a prototype for sending push notifications. Of course the backend will be the source of these push messages, but we wanted to show something to the customer today. For this, I have put together a small but simple Azure Function that allows me to send a custom … Read moreSending Push Notifications from a Azure Function

Continuous integration/continuous delivery for your Xamarin app with VSTS and HockeyApp – Part 1

VSTS loves HockeyApp

Continuous delivery is the new agile This is a quote a saw on Twitter by Sander Hoogendoorn and it seems that he is kind of right. Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (DI) are rapidly becoming more and more popular and together with that there are a lot of tools to support you with that, including … Read moreContinuous integration/continuous delivery for your Xamarin app with VSTS and HockeyApp – Part 1

Push notifications with Xamarin – Server

Azure Notification hub

Now that we have three apps which implement push notifications, we also want to send some messages to the user! Until now we have done this by using the Azure portal but this is very limited and you’re not going to want to check your database for updates and sent out the right push notifications … Read morePush notifications with Xamarin – Server

Push notifications with Xamarin – Windows Phone

Windows Phone Push Notification

To conclude my ‘push notifications’ series I will now tell you how to implement push notifications on Windows Phone. Be sure to read my previous two posts on the notifications for iOS and setting up Azure and also implementing on Android. If you did read and/or follow them, this will be a piece of cake (hmm cake.). I … Read morePush notifications with Xamarin – Windows Phone

Push notifications with Xamarin – Android

Android Notification drawer

After my introduction, configuring Azure and implementing the iOS code it is now time for the Android side of things. Updating the Azures First things first. We need to do some more configuration in Azure. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as much as last time. If you’re only creating a Android app and missed the initial … Read morePush notifications with Xamarin – Android

Push notifications with Xamarin – iOS

iOS Push notifications

As promised in my previous post I will continue this series with implementing the app code, in this case iOS. Fortunately, this is the hardest one so it only gets easier from here! Be prepared… Before we do anything there is a little preparation we need to do. On the server side a little Azure magic … Read morePush notifications with Xamarin – iOS

Push notifications with Xamarin introduction

Second part: Push notifications with Xamarin – iOS Third part : Push notifications with Xamarin – Android For a few recent projects, like my haveibeenpwned app I had to implement push notifications. Also this is one of the most frequently asked questions on the Xamarin forums which is not that odd because it is a main feature of almost … Read morePush notifications with Xamarin introduction

have i been pwned? Xamarin.Forms app

The past few weeks I have been busy creating a new app based on the haveibeenpwned.com API. And it is ready! What? The website haveibeenpwned.com is a website by security MVP Troy Hunt which focuses on data leaks, hacks and website breaches in all forms and shapes. While entering my usernames and passwords in there, I noticed there was … Read morehave i been pwned? Xamarin.Forms app