Codemania 2014 - Native, Cross platform, Mobile

Last week, I talked at Codemania about cross platform mobile apps, and specifically the Xamarin tools. The talk appeared to go well (it's always hard to tell from this side of the stage), and I hope people enjoyed it and want to check out the Xamarin tools. The slides are…

Meat

Meat is a much debated topic. For every meat-a-holic, there is at least one vegan, vegetarian or some other -atarian. Eating it - or not eating is - so so core to our human existence that everyone has an opinion. I never used to eat a huge amount of meat…

Expandable Date Element for MonoTouch.Dialog

A while back, I asked if anyone else had done this: Anyone already done an ios7-style date picker in @xamarinhq .ios? If not I guess I need to write one.— Nic Wise (@fastchicken) December 2, 2013 UPDATE: My apologies to Kraig Spear - he was the one who originally…

FeedBin

FeedBin, my RSS reader of choice, is 1 year old today Feedbin launched into a market with no future. Google owned RSS and they had let it languish. That all changed when Google announced they were shutting down Google Reader two days after Feedbin launched. Interestingly, he moved from AWS-backed…

Securing your Mac (and not from the NSA, for a change)

This, via The Loop: Here’s a summary of what you should do to prepare your Macs right now for the possibility of theft. It won’t eliminate theft but it will greatly reduce the damage from such events and make it more likely that your device will return to…

The changing Microsoft: Nokia X and the Xamarin Maneuver

So Microsoft - oops, Nokia - has released a new phone. And new Android phone, at that. It looks solid, as most Nokia hardware is, and having an almost-zero-effort porting story for existing Android apps might make it more of a hit than would otherwise be expected. To me, with…

Further adventures in PCL: Profile78 and Json.Net

So, I got a few replies on twitter from the previous post. Most notably from Paul Betts: @paulcbetts: @fastchicken Yo I'm happy for you and imma let you finish, but Profile78 is the best profile of all time! Of all time! paulcbetts: @fastchicken (seriously. Use Profile78 for new software) and…

Adventures in PCL and Xamarin - a cautionary tale (and a solution)

Much to the surprise of one of my co-speakers, I've started working on my Codemania talk (which might also end up being some of the Auckland iOS Meetup talk). I wanted to try to do as pure a cross platform solution as I can, so the obvious route was to…

Chip and PIN vs Chip and Signature

The Verge on a topic that has bugged me for a long while: Representatives from the banking industry say chip and signature is what consumers and merchants want: convenience and speed. Customers don’t want to have to remember a PIN for their credit cards, vice president of legislative affairs…

Replacing Objective-C

Ash Furrow, one of the developers at design powerhouse Teehan+Lax, has a very relevant (to me) post titled We need to replace Objective-C. In it, he points out a number of things that bugged me - and still bug me - about Objective-C: If you accept the premise that…