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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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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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 offerings from Apple, for fear…

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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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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 use. To fix this, you’ll…

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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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