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Yet Another Podcast #145: John Sonmez

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, December 29, 2015
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This weekJohn Sonmez goes beyond programming to talk about life and the pursuit of happiness. Simple Programmer Blog: http://simpleprogrammer.com Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual: htt...

Yet Another Podcast #144 Peter Boggins

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, December 20, 2015
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This week Pierce Bogginsof Xamarin talks aboutXamarin for Students Listen | Yet Another Podcast  For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at http://JesseLiberty.com ...

52 Weeks of Xamarin Week 17

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, December 13, 2015
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Old joke. Guy goes to a 24 hour restaurant. It is closed. ” Hey,” he says, “I thought you were open 24 hours.” “Not in a row” So my 52 weeks took a short Chanukah vacation. But we’re back. I’m … Conti...

Newest Pluralsight Course: Xamarin.Forms Custom Controls

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, December 3, 2015
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Take just 45 minutes to learn how to create custom controls in Xamarin.Forms Very excited to post this tomy series of Pluralsight courses on Xamarin.For the complete article and hyperlinks, please vis...

Yet Another Podcast #143 James Montemagno on Xamarin 4

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, December 2, 2015
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This week James Montemagno of Xamarin talks about Xamarin 4, including Xamarin.Forms 2.0, UI testing, crash reporting, plugins and much more. Blog: http://motzcod.es Twitter: http://twitter.com/jamesm...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 16 Creating an iOS Application Part 2

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 22, 2015
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Last week we began creating an iOS application. We covered most of what is required but we did not tackle persistence, which we will do today. This post is based on my Pluralsight courseBeginning Mobi...

Yet Another Podcast #142 Krystin Stutesman on iOS 9

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 18, 2015
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This week,Krystin Stutesman of Xamarin talks about iOS 9. Xamarin Forms and iOS 9 Getting Started With iOS 9 Listen | Yet Another Podcast  For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 15 Creating an iOS Application Part 1

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 15, 2015
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In the previous two posts in this series, I demonstrated how to createa simple to-do list using Xamarin.Forms. In this and the next post, I’ll show how to create pretty much the same program for iOS u...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 14 Thrice (part 2)

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 11, 2015
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In the previous postingI started a new project in Xamarin.Forms that I will reproduce in iOS and Android in coming posts. Today, we’ll take a look at the second page in the Xamarin.Forms version: List...

Bayesian Probability

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 10, 2015
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[Originally posted Oct. 12, 2009] Spent the early hours of this morning reading a great blog post by Jeff Atwoodwhich makes reference to a Elizer S. Yudkowskys Intuitive ExplanationofBayesian Probabil...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 13 Writing It Thrice

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 7, 2015
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In this and a number of following posts, I’ll build the same program three times: once in Xamarin.Forms, once in iOS and once in Android. This is directly based on my Pluralsight course, Beginning Mo...

New Pluralsight Course: Testing Xamarin Apps

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, November 7, 2015
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For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at http://JesseLiberty.com ...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 12 Advanced Customized Controls

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, October 27, 2015
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Last week we looked at a simple example of customizing a control and creating a custom renderer. This week we go a bit deeper. Our goal is to give a BoxView a border, and to adjust that border dynamic...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 11 Customized Controls for Xamarin.Forms

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, October 20, 2015
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Xamarin.Forms is a killer framework, and it has a wide variety of very flexible controls. But sometimes you run into restrictions on the control that you really need to override. The answer to this di...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 10 The UI for our database program

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, October 13, 2015
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Last weekwe created the code to add and find a “person” in our SQLite database. This week we’ll finish up by creating the View and the ViewModel. The View is where most of the action is, in this small...

52 Weeks of Xamarin Week 9: Databases part 1

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, October 6, 2015
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Working with SQLite as your database in Xamarin.Forms is not difficult but it does involve some specific steps: Add the SQLite-.Net PCL library to all three projects Create the ISQLite interface Add a...

52 Weeks of Xamarin Week 8: Testing the View Model

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 28, 2015
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Until now, our tests have focused on the model, Projects. Thepoint of MVVM, however, is to enable sufficient separation of concerns to allow testing of the program’s logic in the ViewModel. Today, we ...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 7 First Unit Tests

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 22, 2015
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In the previous posting, I set up the ProjectTracker solution, including the xUnit testing folders. We talk a lot about test-driven design, but the truth is that we (most of us?) start with an overal...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 6 Starting xUnit Testing

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 19, 2015
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Last week we decided to startwith test-first development using XUnit. To get underway, let’s create a new Xamarin.Forms application called BlogProjectTracker. Once the projects are createdwe’ll return...

Newest Pluralsight Course: Beginning Mobile Development with Xamarin

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 15, 2015
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Incredibly excited to announce my latest Pluralsight Course: Beginning Mobile Development with Xamarin. In this course, you will build a real-world application three times, using three different Xamar...

What Languages Have You Learned?

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 11, 2015
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I started programming in 1971, but didn’t much like it and didn’t start professional programming until 1985. I’d be very interested in when you started, and what languages youused since then (language...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 5 Diving in the deep end

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 9, 2015
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For the past four weeks, we’ve been reviewing the fundamentals of Xamarin. Let’s stop for a bit and talk about how we really code, and how we should. In my Pluralsight courses, I take you through each...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 4 Binding A List of Data

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, September 3, 2015
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This week we’ll save the Tasks in memory, in coming weeks we’ll review databinding and we’ll review the tasks in a bound list. NB: We’re moving very quickly through the preliminaries, so please do use...

FalafelCon with TWO Free Workshops??

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 27, 2015
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Zero hype. Free means free. Ssign up for FalafelCon (Monterey, September 14-17) and you not only get full admission to all of FalafelCon and all ofTechIntersection, but under this special dealyou get ...

Yet Another Podcast #141: Greg Shackles on Xamarin

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 24, 2015
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This week, Greg Shackles: mobile expert and Xamarin MVP; host of Gone Mobile Podcast. NYC Mobile .NET Developers Gone Mobile Olo Xamarin Evolve 2014: Using Continuous Integration with Xamarin Apps Mvv...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 3- Events in Xamarin.Forms

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 23, 2015
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In this, week 3 of 52 Weeks of Xamarin, we’re going to pick up where we left off last week, and add event handling to our buttons There is much to do to make this a working program, and starting … Con...

Yet Another Podcast Show 140: J. Tower

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 20, 2015
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This week we have J Tower, Telerik Expert, Community Organizer, Itinerant Consultant J’s web site Community Organizing 48 State Project   Listen | Yet Another Podcast  For the complete article and hyp...

52 Weeks of Xamarin: Week 2 Starting the project

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 19, 2015
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This is the second week of 52 weeks of Xamarin. To make this all more interesting and practical, well start on building a quasi-real-world application; the iconic To Do List. The application shown in...

Newest Pluralsight: Xamarin.Forms and Data

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 12, 2015
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I’m very proud to announce my latest Pluralsight course: Xamarin.Forms and Data.   Thanks!For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at http://JesseLiberty.com ...

52 Weeks of Xamarin Week 1

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, August 9, 2015
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This launches 52 Weeks of Xamarin, an opinionatedseriesin which I will post (at least) one instructional blog post on Xamarin a week. In this series Ill be talking about Xamarin.Forms as well as Xamar...

Xamarin with James Montemagno

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, July 23, 2015
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JamesMontemagnoisaDeveloperEvangelistatXamarinandMicrosoftMVP. Hehasbeena.NETdeveloperforoveradecadeworkinginawiderangeofindustries includinggamedevelopment,printersoftware,andwebservices....For the c...

Words I Thought Were Yiddish

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, July 14, 2015
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Yiddish has permeated our culture, probably due to the over-representation of Jews in the Entertainment industry. Almost all Americans know the basic meaning of schmuck, chutzpah, oy vey, etc. But the...

Yet Another Podcast Show 138 Jon Galloway

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, July 13, 2015
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Jon Galloway is a friend, a walking encyclopedia of all things web and Microsoft and a former winner on The Price Is Right. Having Jon on is always a blast, and a chance to learn what’s new with ASP.N...

Yet Another Podcast #137 Basem Emara

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, July 2, 2015
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Basem has over 10 years experience as a consultant, developer, and trainer in the web and mobilespace. He has helped enterprises pioneer their industries using JavaScript, .NET, and now iOS and Apple ...

XAML for Xamarin

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, June 30, 2015
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My newest Pluralsight course, XAML for Xamarin.Forms is now available. In this course you learn everything you need to know to achieve expertise in XAML to get the most out of Xamarin.Forms. The major...

Lists in Xamarin Watch

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, June 5, 2015
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Intro There is documentation and a sample on Xamarin.com to show how to add lists to a Watch application, but it can be a bit confusing, so I created a very simple example that we can walk through lin...

Living with the Apple Watch

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, June 3, 2015
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The Watch In Detail My buddy Seth thought it would be valuable to extend my series on the watch, with a more critical eye. Essentially, what is good, what is bad, and what sucks. I wont try to convinc...

Modifying Xamarin Lists with Custom Controls

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, May 26, 2015
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I was recently creating a proof of concept, which as you know should be fast and easy. Not so much at Falafel where we like to turn out quality software that looks great, even if were going to throw i...

Apple Watch Is A Needful Thing

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, May 23, 2015
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Needful Things is the name of a book by Stephen King (who I happen to think is Americas most underrated author, and best storyteller, but that is another matter). Ive co-opted his title to mean those ...

Sitecore SDK for Xamarin

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, May 22, 2015
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Sitecore is a high-end CMS. Putting data from its databases onto a phone is suddenly veryeasy. Sitecore and Xamarin recently announced the Sitecore SDK for Xamarin. This post will run through an appli...

Yet Another Podcast #136 K. Scott Allen

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, May 14, 2015
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Scott Allen is extremely well regarded in the industry, for his programming skill, his teaching skills and for being a kind and nice man. Ode To Code Pluralsight           Listen | Yet Another Podcast...

Damn it! Cant you make your code less complex?

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, May 1, 2015
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I am so tired of complex code that cant be read without having to trace definitions within definitions within references, within Interface definitions within indirection. until I have no flippin idea...

Xamarin.Forms: Incremental Search

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 25, 2015
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I recently posted about obtaining datafor purposes of creating demonstration programs. That actually was written in service to todays post, which will use that data to create a list of people and then...

Song of the Day: Press the Buzzer

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 25, 2015
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Pressthe Buzzer is based on the infamous Milgram Experiment. This brilliant song captures the entire essence of the experiment and the fall out from it, without ever losing its compelling folk rock rh...

This Post Has No Value

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 23, 2015
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I set out to write a post on Incremental Searching in Xamarin applications (which I will do next) but along the way I realized i need a goodly amount of data to search. This is a problem that arises f...

IoT Opportunity Knocks

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 22, 2015
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This marks the first in a series of postings on the Internet of Things (IoT). Come with me as I learn more about theseemerging technologies which promise to revolutionize everything we do. First, the ...

Dialing a number using DependencyService in Xamarin.Forms

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 16, 2015
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As you can probably tell from my previous posts, IloveXamarin.Forms; principally because of XAML and DataBinding. It is just easier to create a cross-platform (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) with Xam...

Yet Another Podcast Reboot!

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 13, 2015
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Yet Another Podcast (YAP) had quite a run in its first iteration. We had (among many others), Scott Guthrie, Miguel de Icazza, Scott Hanselman, Charles Petzold, John Papa, Laurent Bugnion… the list is...

The $20,000 Xamarin Programmer

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, April 7, 2015
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If Xamarin programingis going to be how you make your living, then I highlyrecommendthis list of hardware and software. iOS, OSX, Android, Windows Phone, Windows   If you are going to develop on both ...

Macbook Pro Retina 16GB/512GB For Sale

Jesse Liberty - Silverlight Geek, March 29, 2015
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15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display 16GB of memory and 512GB Flash drive. It is one year old, in excellent condition and has 2 years left on AppleCare. Cost me $3200, a...