James Montemagno
James Montemagno

Live, Love, Bike, and Code.

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James Montemagno

Live, Love, Bike, and Code.


How-to Integrate Helpful Support Emails in Mobile Apps with Insightful Data & Logs

In the mad rush to finish my most recent app, My Cadence, I forgot to integrate an essential feature. A feature that enables my users to easily get a hold of me to report issues or request features, which is of course email support. Both Google Play and the App Store enable you to supply a support website and email, however this is a very lack luster experience for both you and your users. For your users they need to go open the app store, find your app, and then find the support button. For you…

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Introducing My Cadence for Arduino, a DIY Cadence Display for Indoor Cycling

It is official, my holiday hacking is officially complete! This past week I started and ┬álaunched a brand new app called My Cadence for both iOS & Android. This simple cadence display app is a perfect pair for my recent $400 DIY spin bike that I have been using for Peloton and Apple Fitness+ classes. However, my holiday hacking wasn't complete until I brought My Cadence to a third and final platform... Arduino! What sparked my interest was when snowzach posted on HackerNews his Arduino proje…

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Asking for app reviews really works! It just takes 1 line of code!

Last week I launched a new app called My Cadence for both iOS and Android. Even though it was a quick app that only took me a week or so to build and ship, I still followed my checklist of best practices to ensure as much success as I could. I of course did real world testing myself and with TestFlight users, I tested light and dark theme modes, and I even put in-app purchases in from the start! Even with all of this, there one line of code (using the Store Review Plugin) that can really make a…

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Porting My Cadence to Android in 1 Day!

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was writing up a blog post on how I was launching My Cadence for iOS and then blogging about how I wrote and shipped the app in under a week. Well, it wasn't yesterday, but it was just 5 days ago! After I shipped the iOS version, I was watching some HGTV on Hulu and thought to myself, "how long would it take me to ship this app on Android?". The answer is around 4 hours' worth of work, and about 4 days of waiting for Google Play to approve my applicatio…

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Donating $250 to Warm Hearts Winter Drive Thanks to Hacker News!

A little over a week ago I published a blog post on how I put together a DIY spin bike for Peloton & Apple Fitness+ classes for under $400, and to my surprise it got shared on Hacker News! It was not only shared, but it got upvoted and at the peak it was ranked at number 7 of all Hacker News articles for the day! It was a wild ride watching the real time traffic for my site continue to see a bump for a full 36 hours. My blog at number 7!In the end, the traffic for my site was 8x the normal a…

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Building, testing, & shipping My Cadence for iOS in less than a week

My holiday hacking came early this year when I decided to build my own DIY spin bike. Soon, after a few rides, my mind started to swirl with app ideas of how to improve my ride. Then when Apple released Apple Fitness+ without support for displaying cadence information from sensors I knew I had to build an app. That app is My Cadence, which connects to a small cadence sensor and displays the current cadence. It is actually packed full of awesome features including custom themes, in-app purchases,…

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Introducing My Cadence for iOS & Android - a Simple Cadence Sensor Display

It has been nearly 3 weeks since I put together my DIY spin bike and I have now clocked in over 25 rides! Let's just say I am really enjoying have the bike at home now that it is chilly and more rainy outside. Last week I wrote a blog on my experience and did a full Apple Fitness+ review video, in which I mentioned one of the issues I had was the lack of Cadence sensor integration into the app. Knowing your cadence is really important during a ride because it is your RPM that you are spinning th…

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Building a $400 at home DIY spin bike for Peloton & Apple Fitness+

TLDR: I combined the Sunny SF-B1002 Bike, the moofit cadence sensor (now sold out, checkout the Magene sensor), a tablet holder, and gel seat cover to build my own at home spin bike ready for Apple Fitness+ and Peloton digital. In this blog I break down my entire decision process, review the bike setup combined the services, and give final impressions after 2 weeks. I love cycling. I started to get into outdoor cycling after college in Arizona, where I would regularly go out 5 days a week on the…

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I crush code and share it, publish NuGet packages, speak at conferences, upload videos, pretend I am good at playing video games, tweet up a storm, drink gallons of coffee, and ride my bike. Checkout my monthly newsletter that you should subscribe to!