Hi! I'm Steven Thewissen 👋


from the Netherlands

/ˈSTIːVƏN TEIːWISːSƐN/ A software developer from the Netherlands focusing on Xamarin development, crafting fancy UIs, tinkering in Azure DevOps and developing REST APIs. I started working with Xamarin in 2014 and have been in love with it ever since.
When I'm not coding you can find me writing blogs, tweeting, playing soccer, or just having some fun and the occasional drink with my friends. If you bring cookies, chocolate and/or a nice beer we can quickly become best friends.
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Building a cryptocurrency trading bot using Azure – Part 1

November 3, 2017 12:11

Want to get rich quickly? Want to earn money while you sleep? Even though it sounds amazing these are the kind of things you can achieve simply by building a cryptocurrency trading bot which you can host in Azure!

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Deploying Azure Functions using VSTS: a simple solution

October 20, 2017 23:00

I recently started exploring the wonderful world of Azure Functions and while they are a great tool to move towards a cloud-based architecture I started to wonder… How should I be deploying Azure Functions using my existing VSTS setup?

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Creating a good-looking Xamarin Forms UI: Spotify

September 20, 2017 12:14

It seems like people really like this kind of content, so I decided to keep it up for now. This is the third instalment in this series already and this time we’re going to be taking a look at the Spotify UI!

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Using Effects in Xamarin Forms

September 11, 2017 11:47

Developers can use Effects in Xamarin Forms to customize native controls and add some styling of their own. But why not simply use a custom renderer to achieve the same thing? While that is certainly possible there are some benefits to Effects.

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Creating a good-looking Xamarin Forms UI: Runkeeper

September 5, 2017 11:34

My previous post about creating a fancy Xamarin Forms UI was a whole lot of fun to do and I got some awesome feedback so it’s time for another. Since running is one of my hobbies I see a whole lot of this app up close. It’s both as simple in design as it is functional which makes it a great case for this; Runkeeper!

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Xamarin.Forms ListView grouping and styling the jump list

August 30, 2017 15:24

When creating a Xamarin Forms application there’s almost no getting around using a ListView component at some point. When you have a lot of items to display you might even consider adding ListView grouping. But how does that work?

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Creating a good-looking Xamarin.Forms UI: Twitter

August 25, 2017 12:02

I love tinkering with UI. There, I said it. Even though I’m a developer first and foremost I cannot help the fact that any mobile app UI I create has to look fancy. However most of my development work takes place in Xamarin Forms. Can those two worlds be combined?

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Checking out Mobile Center

August 22, 2017 10:25

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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Xamarin and DevOps: Deploying to HockeyApp

July 20, 2017 17:20

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 which means it can be distributed to testers and stakeholders alike!

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Crash Reporting and Analytics for Xamarin

July 14, 2017 21:58

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?