Digging into App Center Data

I recently published a blog post discussing the introduction of  both authentication and data storage to App Center, which takes it from a DevOps focus to a fully-fledged Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) solution. The first post was a little light on technical details as it was written on Read more…

Getting started with Data and Auth using Microsoft App Center

In my first week working for Xamarin, I was flown to Austin Texas from London in order to help support Xamarin Evolve 2013. Like most conferences, we had sponsors, which included a little startup called Parse. Parse was a backend born in 2011 that allowed mobile developers to easily add cloud Read more…

Continuous delivery of macOS apps built with Swift

Anyone familiar with my ramblings will be aware that I mostly develop in C# using a mixture of Xamarin and .NET Core depending on what I’m building. Earlier this year I took the decision that I’d be serious about learning Swift and got started with building a simple utility app Read more…

Xamarin with macOS 10.14 (mojave)

It’s that time of year again where we all ask ourselves “should I install this beta software on my devices and risk my development setup?”. If you’ve only one iPhone and Mac then it can be difficult to decide when it’s the right time to install the latest and greatest Read more…

Consuming Microsoft Cognitive Services with Swift 4

This post is a direct result of a conversation with a colleague in a taxi in Madrid. We were driving to Santiago Bernabéu (the Real Madrid Stadium) to demonstrate to business leaders the power of artificial intelligence. The conversation was around the ease of use of Cognitive Services for what we Read more…

How to fix the IPv4 loopback interface: port already in use error.

Super quick post here. Sometimes when debugging your .NET Core application on Mac, you’ll find the port won’t free up, and thus you can’t redeploy without getting the following fatal error: Unable to start Kestrel. System.IO.IOException: Failed to bind to address http://localhost:5000 on the IPv4 loopback interface: port already in Read more…

Stretchy UITableView Headers with Xamarin

The Yahoo News Digest app includes a couple of interesting user interface elements that I wanted to use within my own apps. The feature that I was most keen to recreate was the stretching UITableViewHeader. Its an effect seen in lots of iOS (sometimes referred to as a parallax header). Read more…

Auto Layout 101 with Xamarin

Until recently I’d done an amazing job of avoiding Auto Layouts on anything other than demo apps, instead opting to create my layouts with springs and structs. All my apps within the App Store use the old approach, which although being exceptionally easy to create, its limited when running across all the Read more…

iOS Awesomizer

A couple of weeks ago I started writing a library to speed up the development of iOS app. My aim was to make creating beautiful iOS apps even easier and share more code accross my iOS projects. The main requirment of iOS development that I found consitant across all my apps is Read more…