Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is quickly becoming one of my favorite products that Microsoft creates for developers. It helps any developer writing apps in any language build, test, and deploy their applications. On top of that it has free unlimited private Git repos, work item tracking and kan…James Montemagno
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I think we all can agree that attempting to do beta testing on iOS is pretty terrible. You can't side load apps easily, provisioning profiles are terrible, and manually adding people to TestFlight is no fun. All I want to do is get my app in users hands! Why do I have to go through so much stress? Well you don't, because fastlane comes in to save the day just like it simplifies provisioning in Visual Studio for Mac. The issue with TestFlight So TestFlight is a bit better now that we can add 10,0…James Montemagno
I have to admit that I actually really hate launch (or as I call it splash) screen on applications. On iOS and Windows we never had a choice and our apps always have a launch screen. On Android though we have always had the option to integrate a launch screen or not and in the past it was sort of frowned upon to have a launch screen in your app. It meant that your app was a bit slower or had long load times so we rarely saw them in Android apps. That all changed somewhere around a year or two ag…James Montemagno
Last week Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4 and VS for Mac 7.2 were released into the stable channel. They include the very first release of the Xamarin Live Player capabilities in Visual Studios. This means you can simply update Visual Studio, turn on Xamarin Live Player (Preview), and get started visualizing your mobile apps with nothing more than VS and your iOS or Android device! Whenever there is a stable release a new preview release of Visual Studio is not far behind. That is right, VS 2017…James Montemagno
It is update season for iOS and Android applications with new versions of the operating systems being released. Today, I was on my way to push out a new version of the Xamarin Live Player to Test Flight users and hit this nasty error: Missing Marketing Icon. iOS Apps must include a 1024x1024px Marketing Icon in PNG format. Apps that do not include the Marketing Icon cannot be submitted for App Review or Beta App Review. What is that?!?!? I swear I uploaded the icon to iTunes connect. Well... I d…James Montemagno
How often do you run into the situation where you are reading data from a json file or hitting a RESTful endpoint and pulling down a huge json file that you then need to deserialize? I bet pretty often as I know I do all the time. The next issue of course is that you have this bug json file, but you…James Montemagno