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 an iPad whilst on vacation,…

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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 storage, push notifications and authentication…

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AKS Network Policies

Earlier this week my girlfriend (who is a networking ninja) asked a great question, how do you secure traffic between pods in Azure Kubenetes Service (AKS). This simple sounding question started a two-day hack to allow us to experiment with deploying AKS and configuring network policies. As it turns out, this functionality is currently in…

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Replacing lighting programmers with AI

The title is click bait, but I can picture situations where we could replace lighting programmers with artificial intelligence using language understanding techniques that power Alexa, Google Assistance and Cortana. I’m going to discuss how I’m working on this using Microsoft language understanding and intelligence technology. Console Syntax Most DMX Lighting control systems have a…

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Private packages with Azure DevOps

Recently Microsoft announced a rebranding of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to Azure DevOps and as a big fan of Azure, I wanted to check out if the changes were just a new name or if it’d progressed to be a little more welcoming. I say this because as someone with limited experience using VSTS,…

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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 for macOS to help me…

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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 call “native native” developers. We…

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App Services Custom Domain, SSL & DNS

We’ve all seen tutorials which demonstrate how to deploy a simple todo list backend to Azure but how many have you read that go onto secure it? In this post, I’m going to cover how I’m securing the Bait News v2 backend infrastructure as well as covering how to configure custom domains. Why bother? Apple…

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Creating a simple Azure backend POC for your mobile app

Most mobile apps require some form of infrastructure to function correctly. In the case of something like Instagram, they’ll likely have some blob storage for storing images and then a SQL database for storing user information like comments and likes. They’ll have a REST API which the mobile app uses to interact with these services…

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Creating a 5 star search experience

Search is a feature that can make or break your mobile app, but it can be incredibly difficult to get right. In this blog post, I’m going to share how I’m solving search with Beer Drinkin. There are many options for us developers looking to implement search solutions into our projects. Some of us may…

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