James Montemagno
James Montemagno

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James Montemagno

Live, Love, Bike, and Code.


Continuous Integration & Delivery for Xamarin & .NET Libraries with VSTS

I build a lot of .NET libraries that include simple .NET Standard libraries to fully cross-platform plugins for Xamarin and Windows that target up to 10 different platforms. When I got started building libraries and shipping them to NuGet I went down a simple path of just building everything locally on my machine and manually uploading them to NuGet. This worked great for a single library, but as soon as I took on a second... third... forth... and so on, things got out of hand and I knew I had t…

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Converting Xamarin Libraries to SDK Style & Multi-Targeted Projects

If you are like me you may have a lot of standard Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android libraries sitting around. They aren't plugins, but they do extend a single platform with custom functionality and controls. Wouldn't it be great if you could update them to the new SDK Style projects which use Package References, auto-NuGet packaging, and load WAY faster?!?!? It is all crazy simple to do just like converting old PCLs to .NET Standard. If you are setting up CI this is going to be a huge time saver a…

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The Best Coffee in Seattle

I love coffee! I can't go a day without a cup... or maybe four cups and then finish the day with a cappuccino. I make a coffee a desination when I travel, seeking out the finest brew that every city and country has to offer. I fell in love with Seattle on my very first visit in 2010. Walking around…

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Welcome to the Nintendo Dispatch Podcast

When I'm not podcasting... I am podcasting! I mean I love it so much that I started a full podcast network, soundbite.fm, that is now filled with wonderful podcasts and podcasters. You may be used to me talking about programming and technology, but I have always had a passion for video games and I a…

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Monitoring Android Activity Lifecycle Events: Return of Current Activity Plugin

It has been nearly two and a half years since I wrote about how to easily get access to the current Android Activity with just a few lines of code. This code led to the creation of my Current Activity Plugin for Xamarin.Android apps and library creators to easily get access to the current Activity. Since then it has been the core of many of my plugins and has been installed over 600,000 times from NuGet! Times change and it is time for an update to this near perfect library. If you have ever use…

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Podcast Equipment, Accessories, Setup, and Recording Guide

In case you didn't know I co-host some pretty excellent podcasts (if I do say so myself) that you should totally subscribe to. Including Merge Conflict where I talk code and tech with the one and only Frank Krueger and then there is Coffeehouse Blunder where I chat with my good friend and Chess IM Daniel Rensch about chess, coffee, and life. On top of that I even recently started a podcast network where we have started on-boarding some excellent podcasts like The V Spot, an amazing vegan podcast…

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Push Notification Options for Mobile Apps

My good friend Andrew and I recently had a Twitter conversation on what is the best route to take when implementing push notifications in your mobile applications. If you do a quick search there are a lot of options out there and it can be tricky to figure out the best route to take, but having implemented push notifications in several applications I can tell you there are really only two options you need to consider. How Push Notifications Work The reason push notifications are complicated is b…

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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, micro blog, tweet up a storm, drink gallons of coffee, and ride my bike. Checkout my monthly newsletter that you should subscribe to!