• Steven
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  • 22nd August 2017

Checking out Mobile Center

I’ve talked about continuously building and deploying your mobile apps using VSTS before. But there’s a simpler alternative in the works at Microsoft; Mobile Center. So let’s have a quick look at it!

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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 20th July 2017

Xamarin and DevOps: Deploying to HockeyApp

In the previous articles in this series we set up our CI builds and versioned our app. Now we need to be talking about distribution. This is a vital part of any DevOps pipeline. In this blogpost we will be deploying our app to the HockeyApp platform. From here your app can be distributed to testers and stakeholders alike!
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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 14th July 2017

Crash Reporting and Analytics for Xamarin

Knowing what your app is doing after you’ve released it into the wild is very important. When it comes to Xamarin there are several products that offer functionality such as crash reporting and analytics.. So what should you be using these days?
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Embedding a YouTube feed in your Xamarin.Forms
  • Steven
  • Code
  • 20th June 2017

Embedding a YouTube feed in Xamarin.Forms

When building an app for a customer that has an active YouTube channel you might get the requirement to embed their YouTube channel into the app. This is actually simpler then you might think. Since YouTube is a Google product you can bet your life’s savings on the fact that there’s an API for it. So let’s see how we can implement it.

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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 7th June 2017

Xamarin and DevOps: Versioning your app

This is the 4th post in the Xamarin and DevOps series. The topic at hand is versioning of your mobile app. Having a standardised version number helps you track your releases and issues that might occur in them and especially when using tools like HockeyApp or Xamarin Insights it can also help you to track these issues.
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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 31st May 2017

Xamarin and DevOps: Setting up your iOS CI

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the third post in this series on getting started with DevOps in a Xamarin project. Last time we created a Continuous Integration pipeline for Android so this time it’s iOS’ turn! A lot of things will look familiar if you followed along with the previous post but for the sake of  completeness I will include it here.

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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 24th May 2017

Migrate your TFVC repository to Git

When using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) you have the choice to create a repository using Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git. Up until recently there wasn’t really a simple option to migrate from one to the other. Our company is slowly transitioning to Git and now there’s a new migration option!
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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 19th May 2017

Xamarin and DevOps: Setting up your Android CI

This is the second post in a series on getting started with DevOps in a Xamarin project. In this post we will be looking at automating the build process which gives you the advantages of improving your code quality, takes away tedious tasks and compiles a history of builds and releases in order to investigate issues. So let’s get started with the Android side of things!

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  • Steven
  • Code
  • 14th May 2017

Xamarin and DevOps: The build agent

This is the first post in a series on getting started with DevOps in a Xamarin project. One of the cornerstones of DevOps is automating a lot of tedious work such as builds, releases and testing. With this series I hope to clarify how I go about setting up my automation processes using tools like Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), HockeyApp and Xamarin TestCloud. First up: setting up a build agent!

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  • Steven
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  • 1st March 2017

Adding some Swagger to your Web APIs

In a Web API project I recently started working on I found that testing it using a tool like Postman works pretty well, but having to type out all your test requests can become quite tedious. That’s about the time Swagger and Swashbuckle came along to play! Read more »