James Montemagno
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Straightening Your Webcam with a $3 Level

If you have been working from home more recently and started to invest in a sweet new home setup you may have upgraded your webcam. Most webcams mount on top of a monitor, but if you are going the DSLR or GoPro route then it has a mount on a mount or sometimes an arm. All of this can lead to complications of "straightening" your video output. If you are using a monitor arm like I am then there is yet another complication in the mix. However, with these super simple $3 "bubble levels", you can fi…

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Switching from Android to iPhone - 1 Month Later

Last month for my birthday I decided to make the big switch from Android to iPhone after being an Android exclusive user for nearly 11 years. My life has mostly been infused with Android/Google devices, which have included my long love of Android phones, Android TV, and Android based smart displays. For the last two years I have been rocking the Pixel 2 XL, which is been a solid device with an amazing camera. I have been waiting and waiting for Google to release something great in their main or…

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Hello iPhone & Apple Silicon DTK

It was a big exciting week for Apple at WWDC20 with some lovely announcements for iOS and some spectacular ones around macOS. I could not be more excited about Apple Silicon on macOS as an app developer as it will allow all of my existing iOS apps to just "work" on macOS. I really wasn't sure about running iOS apps on macOS, but with macOS 11 it is really bridging the gap and looks great. Apple also announced the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) and I was really lucky to be picked to be able to or…

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Shrink Your Android App Size with One Setting

When you are developing Android apps your app size can grow really fast.  We can get so caught up in the day to day that we forget how important it is to keep down the app size of our app. It may not seem like a 20MB APK is that much, but when you have limited internet or reception it can be a real pain. As an Android developer you have to develop for multiple ABIs, add a ton of resources and translations, and of course you have you have all of your source code and dependencies. You may have a…

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Introducing Island Tracker for Animal Crossing New Horizons

tldr; I built a new iOS & Android app called Island Tracker that enables you to track turnip prices, get predictions, and share them with friends. It is available today. Get it on: When Animal Crossing New Horizons launched in late March I fell in love immediately. My wife adopted my Nintendo Switch Lite and we both got copies the night of release. Over on the Nintendo Dispatch podcast, we call it the perfect game at the perfect time. It truly has been for us during this time of staying…

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Animate Anything with Xamarin.Forms

I have been building apps with Xamarin.Forms for nearly 6 years now! I love how it has evolved over the years, added new controls, new features, and simplified everything with Shell. While I think I can build pretty decent apps in general, one thing that I have  always struggled with is animations. The very first release of Xamarin.Forms had a built in animation system to fade, move, and scale any of the controls. These are great and there have been several videos on how to use these: One thing…

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Xamarin.Forms Custom Fonts Simplified & Everywhere

It was just about 1 year ago when I wrote about using font icons for images inside of Xamarin.Forms apps. Well time has flown by and now more than ever is the time to go all in on custom fonts and font icons because with Xamarin.Forms 4.6 everything got so much easier! Custom fonts in Xamarin.Forms ShellSo, let's start off with the basics when it comes to fonts. You usually think about fonts as just a fancy way to display text. However, with resources such as Font Awesome you can use fonts as ic…

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Hello Again, My Name is James

And...... we are back! Where have I been? Inside, in Seattle! It has been around 5 months since my last update on the site and a lot of things have changed since then. Here is an update. Be safe when you get your coffeeSince my last blog here are just a few things that have happened: We ushered in a whole new yearA global pandemic broke out and continues to impact us every dayWe had our largest Xamarin event of the year all online We all learned how to properly wash our handsNintendo Dispatch br…

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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!