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Kevin Ford
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How Software Development Reminds Me of the Things I Learned in the Military
A long time ago (seems like just a few years but the calendar says a few decades) I was in the military. I was very young when I joined, seventeen and freshly graduated high school. My time in the military has defined everything that came after. There were ...

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The Continued Rise of Cross Platform Tools
This morning I read this:  learn to write Android applications in Swift and share code with your iOS app . The mobile market is maturing and unlike what many of us have been used to for a very long time, no one operating system came out on top. Neither Andr...

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Visual Studio Mobile Center - First Thoughts
For several weeks now I've been playing with Visual Studio Mobile Center at https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/mobile-center/ . If you haven't looked at it yet, it is a mobile build server, mobile cloud testing platform, crash reporting and analytics all rolle...

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Using an AutomationId with a Cell in Xamarin.Forms
In Xamarin Forms version 2.2 the AutomationId was introduced for iOS and Android. The AutomationIds are tied to renderers and elements that are derived from VisualElements. CellRenderers in their various flavors implement the IRegisterable interface but do ...

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Why Are We So Awful at Estimating Large Software Projects?
Recently I was talking with some guys over at Xamarin about estimating projects. This got me thinking again about why we are so bad at it. Over the years there has been a continued recognition in the software industry that we are awful at estimating large s...

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Why Are We So Awful at Estimating Large Software Projects?
Recently I was talking with some guys over at Xamarin about estimating projects. This got me thinking again about why we are so bad at it. Over the years there has been a continued recognition in the software industry that we are awful at estimating large s...

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Don't Feel Bad that You Don't Know Everything
It's been a few months since I've written a blog post. I've been busy re-learning things for my presentations, figuring out how to do all kinds of material design concepts around animations, snack bars and expansion panels, working on a podcast, creating a ...

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Xamarin iOS Autolayout Cheat Sheet
I get questions on this a lot by people new to iOS development or new to iOS development using Xamarin. I've made this cheatsheet to help with people learning how to use autolayout. Apple's iOS uses a layout system based on absolute positioning called autol...

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Xamarin Build Services - Nuget Restore with VSTS
Recently I wrote a post about about setting up a continuous delivery process using VSTS, Xamarin and MacInCloud. One of the things I mentioned was using the restore Nuget packages task in order to make sure the appropriate files were available to the build ...

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Setting Up Release Builds With Xamarin Using MacInCloud and VSTS
For many of us doing mobile work the ability to create great continuous integration and continuous delivery solutions has been hampered by the lack of enterprise support for Macs and generally the lack of available build agents that work with iOS and even A...
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