Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015 preview

20 Nov

As part of the Connect() event Microosft released Visual Studio 2015 preview. It is an awesome version of Visual Studio with lots of new exiting features. Building cross platform apps is now integrated deeply into Visual Studio giving even more focus on Xamarin as solid cross platform technology. For period we have begun looking at Xamarin as part of our portfolio in Bluefragments. Hence the even closer  relation between Microsoft and Xamarin is great for a company like Bluefragments.

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The installer for Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015 preview is available from within Visual Studio 2015 and you will be prompted to download it when you try to build your first Android or IOS app.

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By default, the Xamarin Windows Installer will just update the components you have previously installed, when applying an update. Since you previously didn’t have 2015 components installed, then by default you won’t be getting them installed right now – that is a bug and the workaround is right here.

Happy cross platform development :)

// thomas

Design og brugeroplevelse til apps

5 Mar

Dansk IT afholder konferencen “Financial Tech Hub”, der sætter fokus på trends i IT-udvikling i den finansielle verden.

Til konferencen har jeg fået lov til at tale lidt om “Design og brugeroplevelse til apps”. Der ligger en en masse muligheder netop indenfor den finansielle verden, som jeg glæder mig til at tale om.

Læs mere på http://www.dit.dk/events/2014/03/25-financial-tech-hop.aspx

Bluefragments won the Microsoft App Partner 2013 award

26 Nov

A few weeks back Bluefragments was nominated in two categories for Microsoft Partner Award 2013.

Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the award show but Martin Jepsen and Deani Hansen took my place instead. I was told that it was a great evening and there was a really good atmosphere. Maybe that have something to do with the fact that we won the Microsoft App Partner Award 2013. YEAH!

This have everything to do with our awesome customers, a really great team in Bluefragments and a good relationship with Microsoft Danmark. Thank you everybody!

Post from Microsoft Partner blog
Article from ComputerWorld

// thomas

Application Insight for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps

21 Nov

In the launch keynote of Visual Studio 2013, Brian Harry announced and demoed a new service called Application Insights.

The service is available through Visual Studio Online and “collects, processes and presents a wide variety of telemetry including performance, usage, availability, exception, crash, environment, log and developer-supplied data from all components of a modern application – including clients (devices and browser), servers, databases and services.”

With Application Insights it is possible to gain full insight into your Windows Store and Windows Phone applications; how does the user actually use your app, which features are used the most or least, are there any performance issues and so on. All of this will be presented nicely in a dashboard that can easily be customized to your exact needs directly in Visual Studio Online.

Currently the service is available as limited preview and you can sign up from Visual Studio Online:
https://YOURALIAS.visualstudio.com/_appanalytics/_analyticssignup

Bluefragments have been part of the TAP program since early this year and have followed Tofino become what it is today (truly amazing work by some passionate guys!). Looking forward to integrate Application Insights into our Windows Phone and Windows Store apps.

// thomas

Bluefragments nominated for a Microsoft Partner Award

19 Nov

Last week I was informed that my company, Bluefragments, is nominated for a Microsoft Partner Award 2013. We are nominated in two different categories:

  • Innovation Partner of the Year
  • App Partner of the Year

This nomination have only been possible due to hard work from the entire team – both employees and freelancers. A big thank you to everybody in the team for your awesome effort.

We are really proud of the nomination and are looking forward to the award show on the 21st November 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

// thomas

 

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Bluefragments Windows 8 SWAT team

15 Oct

A few weeks back Bluefragments announced the beginning of a new Windows 8 SWAT team. We received several applications from a lot of qualified developers and designers from all over Denmark.

In the previous months, I have talked to a number of companies in Denmark, to find an event that would fit into the first Bluefragments Windows 8 SWAT event. Today I’m thrilled to announce that Bluefragments have made an agreement with a major Danish media company to do a news center for Windows 8.

There are a variety of news apps for Windows 8. However many of them are made ​​with no special focus on the Windows 8 platform. This is an unique opportunity for a news app that dares to stand out and take advantage of all the features the Windows 8 platform offers.

Look forward to an awesome news app coming to the Windows Store really soon.

// thomas

Using the function keys on a Surface type cover

9 Oct

For the last couple of months I have used my Surface Pro as my primary machine – and I love it! Only thing that really have been nagging me was the extreme use of the Fn key to be able to use the function keys.

The use of the Fn key to access the function keys are really well documented at microsoft.com or from surfacetablethelp.com in case you have no idea what the function keys are actually used for.

Well, so yesterday I decided to do the search and find a way to swap the shortcut keys with the function keys  – and the result was almost mind blowing. Almost to simple to understand.

Hold the Fn button and press the CapsLock

Wonder why I didn’t do that search 6 months ago…

// thomas

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