Category Archives: Software Development

Today I Learned How to Handle Local Notifications in Xamarin on Android

In my previous example I detailed how to schedule notifications in Xamarin on Android but didn’t show the Xamarin Forms application reacting to that specific notification.  Let’s fix that. First override the OnNewIntent method in the MainActivity.  We override this method so notifications will … Continue reading

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Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2017

The results of the Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2017 are live.  Some surprising highlights for me: Most developers surveyed are white male web developers.  Just kidding, this was not surprising at all. More than 50% of developers’ parents had a … Continue reading

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Today I Learned How To Create Xamarin iOS and Android Unit Tests

I’m currently working on a notification plugin for Xamarin Forms and wanted to setup some unit tests.  The problem is my code accesses the device-specific notification systems in iOS and Android.  This means I can’t just run my unit tests … Continue reading

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Today I Learned How to Create a Local Notification in Xamarin Android

In Android you can schedule a notification that shows immediately using the NotificationManager.  However, if you are like me, awesome, and want to schedule a notification for a future date you need to use the Android AlarmManager.  The alarm manager lets … Continue reading

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Today I Learned Bait and Switch for .NET PCL’s

If you have worked with Xamarin for longer than me (i.e. one year) then you probably already know about PCL bait and switch technique, especially if you consumed one of the many Xamarin plugins. As usual I’m late to the … Continue reading

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Today I Learned Xamarin Push Notification Plugins

I learned this week that there is no built-in support for Push Notifications in Xamarin Forms.  On the plus side there are several open source projects trying to fill this hole.  The one that has caught my eye is edsnider/Xamarin.Plugins. … Continue reading

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Notes on Converting Mini-Compressor to UWP Application (Trying to at Least)

I was inspired to get Mini-Compressor to UWP into the Windows 10 Store a while back this summer. I saw this video several months ago when it was called Project Centennial: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2015/2-692 Then a couple weeks ago there was a … Continue reading

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Fixing MSBuild not Exiting

After upgrading to Visual Studio Xamarin 4.1 from 4.0 our TeamCity build suddenly stopped working.  Actually it was working but won’t stop working.  The build would get hang after rebuilding out solution to create the IPA file. The step in question … Continue reading

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Connect to Android Emulator from VirtualBox

I do all my development inside virtual machines.  This allows me to keep separate development environment for different projects and clients.  I wanted to keep this tradition for developing mobile applications but that turned out to be a bit of challenge. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Saturday Morning Productions!

It’s almost time to put the Christmas decorations away, take down the lights, and finish digesting that turkey we’ve all been working on. We hope you’ve all had wonderful holidays surrounded by those you love as well. We’ve been working … Continue reading

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