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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.


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.


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.

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Where is the Skype app for Windows Phone?

1 Nov

Yesterday I wrote a blog post asking about the missing Build app for Windows 8. Rumors says the app is built but failed certification hence not available for the attendees – it has not been confirmed by Microsoft!

Until today Nokia Lumia 800 have been my primary phone. Today I’m taking my new Nokia Lumia 920 (thank you Microsoft and Nokia!) and doing it the only true way – making it my primary phone. It’s a big phone but the technical features are awesome and combined with Windows Phone 8 I expect a great experience. I have customized it (making it my own) and I already love some of the new features – especially the “Rooms” feature – it’s really communication made easy!

For the last couple of months I have been addicted to Skype. With the new Skype app for Windows 8 my expectations for the running the app on a Windows Phone 8 device was pretty high. I have been running Skype on my Lumia 800 but it’s almost useless without a front faced camera. Open the store, searching for Skype and gets several results – but no Skype app?! Frustration kicking in! Searching the internet to get an answer.

Turns out that Skype have built a new app from the ground up for Windows Phone 8 supporting some of the new awesome features available in the Windows 8 app and using the new features available in Windows Phone 8. Skype have announced that it is soon-to-be available. Read the full story and get an overview of the new features at their blog or take a look at this video.

// thomas

“Badevand” for Windows 8

22 Nov

Badevand (Bathing Water) is a Windows 8 metro app written in XAML and C#. It shows the water temperature, air temperature and rain level for 5 beaches in Copenhagen, Denmark.

You can download the package here.

Update with details view and more beaches will follow soon.



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