Author Archives: Lori

The Code Review Blues

Code reviews. When incorporated as part of the development process, they may be carried out by a senior level professional (i.e. an architect, team lead, or dev manager), or by multiple developers on your team.  Sometimes you may go through rounds of peer reviews before the code is reviewed by a senior member for final approval. Often reviews have […]

Continuous Integration with Xamarin.iOS, Visual Studio Team Services, and MacinCloud: Part 1

Recently, Microsoft and MacinCloud announced a partnership in which they have enabled Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to support continuous integration (CI) builds for Xamarin.iOS and XCode projects using a Mac build agent in the cloud. This is great news as more companies are looking to move towards cloud-hosted solutions for their build and deployment pipeline. Although MacinCloud […]

Mobile App Testing on 114 Devices in 20 Minutes

My day started off just like any other at the office. I plugged in my machine, launched Visual Studio and opened up the latest Xamarin.Android project I had been working on for the client. On this particular day, I had to make a layout change to ensure that the weighting of two different layouts were […]

Xamarin Android Video Playback – Part 4: Handling Network Connectivity

Originally posted on:—part-4-handling-network-connectivity.aspx This is the last post in my 4 part series. The previous posts in this series covered the basics for creating a simple Video Player Xamarin.Android application. Feel free to check them out to see how we built a basic Video Player: Part 1 – Using VideoView Part 2 – Adding […]

Xamarin Android Video Playback – Part 3: ProgressBar and Orientation Change

Originally posted on: In Part 1 of this series, we developed a simple video player using Android’s VideoView, and in Part 2 we improved upon it by adding media controls to enable users to rewind, fast forward, pause and resume video. When testing the application, it’s easy to see there are still some loose […]

Video Playback in Your Xamarin.Android Apps – Part 2: Adding Media Controls

Originally posted on:—part-2-adding.aspx In Part 1 of this series, we developed a simple video player using Android’s VideoView. However, in testing the application, it is obvious that there are some key features missing. Let’s take a look at how we can improve our Video Player application to provide a better user experience.

Video Playback in Your Xamarin.Android Apps – Part 1: Using VideoView

Originally posted on:—part-1-using.aspx Recently, I was tasked with including video playback within a Xamarin.Android application, so I decided to write a blog post series about my approach in hopes it helps others who are building similar apps. Incorporating videos within your Xamarin.Android application can be handled in a couple of ways. You can load […]

MVA Student Spotlight – Andy Houghton

Originally posted on: The Spotlight posts are back again! For this post, I decided to interview Andy Houghton, an IT professional and a member of Canada’s Technology Triangle .NET User Group, who regularly attends the sessions and full day workshops.

Windows 10 Developer Readiness Canadian Webcast – June 11th

Originally posted on: Join the Windows 10 Developer Readiness – Powered by MVPs global webcast series to learn how to build an app or bring an existing App to the *NEW* Universal Windows Platform!

ObjectSharp’s At the Movies Event

Originally posted on: It’s that time of year again! ObjectSharp’s At the Movies event is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to share all of the good things coming up in our industry this year!  I really enjoy being a part of this event, and not just for the posters (but on […]