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Awesome Android with Xamarin

I’ve been publicly developing an application I call RMV Awesome on this blog over the last few months. Since the initial release of the Windows 8.1 app we’ve migrated code to a Portable Class Library, ported to Windows Phone 8, added monetization, integrated...
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Multiple Apps, One Azure Mobile Service

“Multiple Windows 8 apps, can they share the same Azure Mobile Services backend?” This was the question I was looking to answer this week. I did the prerequisite search of the interwebs and found that this question has been floating around for a while...

Location, Location, Awesome Geo-Location

I’ve been publicly building an application called RMV Awesome for the last several months on this blog. Since the initial release of the Windows 8.1 app we’ve migrated code to a Portable Class Library, ported to Windows Phone 8, added monetization and...

Awesome Azure Mobile Services

I love talking about Azure Mobile Services. It is one of those services that developers are always shocked is available from Microsoft. Why shocked? Well, Azure Mobile Services is a fully-baked backend for apps that delivers data storage, custom API's...

Monetizing RMV Awesome!

NOTE: This is part of a series covering Windows Client development. Our sample application is RMV Awesome, an ironically named Modern UI application for keeping tabs on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. In this article we'll look at monetizing...

Monetizing Apps

Monetization is one of the most important and confounding choices a developer has to make. I spend most of my day working with developers and organizations building commercial software. App monetization is one of those topics that seems to come up fairly...

The Magic of Font Icons

With the release of Windows 8.1 came a little noticed addition to XAML called FontIcon. It is a rather simple XAML tag designed to show a glyph from a specified font. At the same time came two other tags in a similar vain (SymbolIcon which shows a glyph...

Moving to Windows Phone 8

NOTE: This is part of a series covering Windows Client development. Our sample application is RMV Awesome, an awesomely named Modern UI application for keeping tabs on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles wait times. In this article we'll bring...

Leveraging Portable Class Libraries

NOTE: This is part of a series covering Windows Client development. Our sample application is RMV Awesome, an ironically named Modern UI application for keeping tabs on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. In this article we'll take a step towards...

Renaming a Windows 8.1 App

One of the often overlooked improvements for the Windows Store in Windows 8.1 answers one of the more common questions I'm asked by developers. Previously the name you reserved for your app was someone permanent. Sure, you could rename your app but it...
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