to blog or not to blog

Years ago, 9 to be precise, at the very early stages of our, at that time, start-up CWR Mobility, I was very active in the Dynamics CRM community, answering questions on news groups (anyone remember Usenet?), writing technical blog posts about CRM, etc. Actually that was one of the ways we got known in the community and built our brand.

I haven’t been doing that for a long time and frankly I miss it. So I was thinking about getting a new blog up and running and start again. And just at that time I received an email invitation from John Sonmez from simpleprogrammer.com to sign up for his email course on starting to blog. Perfect timing!

I’ve been following John Sonmez for quite a while now and he has some good quality content on his blog, YouTube channel and pod casts. Together with Scott Hanselman, he must be one of the most productive people in the business.

Back to the email course about blogging. It’s pretty straight forward. You get an email every few days with a very focused lesson, e.g. Choosing a Theme. Every lesson ends with a homework assignment. It’s short, it’s focused, I like it. If you just follow along with each lesson (shouldn’t take you more than an hour or so) and do your homework, you’ll end up with your blog and your first entry. The first step to building your own personal brand!

Are you already interested? Just sign up at http://devcareerboost.com/blog-course/, you won’t regret it 🙂

It’s the end of the year, so you know what that means: time for a list! I have a daily commute of almost 2 hours to the office so that means there’s lots of time to listen to podcasts. So, here is my top 10 podcasts I listened to this year (in no particular order BTW):

.NET Rocks!

 Awesome podcast for .NET Developers by Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell. Topics are much broader than .NET alone though, ranging from web technologies, architecture, mobile, .NET to nuclear fusion and space travel geek-out shows! The only downside of this podcast is that I can hardly keep up with them with 3 episodes a week. 🙂

 

 

5 Minutes of JavaScript

The latest news in the JavaScript community. The episodes are short (as the title suggests) so this is an ideal podcast for when I finish a longer one and I’m almost at the office :).

Gone Mobile

Gone MobilePodcast about everything related to Mobile Development, but with a strong focus on Xamarin. Hosted by Xamarin MVP Greg Shackles.

 

 

 

 

Adventures in Angular

AiA logo - smJust recently started listening to this show. It’s sort of a round table discussion about all things angular with industry experts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lately I’ve been diving into Xamarin test cloud (which is awesome BTW) using Xamarin.UITest, the c# frontend to Calabash.

Since I’m having some issues deploying our Xamarin.iOS app on a simulator, see http://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/9748/ios-simulator-application-terminated-when-testing-on-older-ios-versions, I tried to get the UI Tests running on an actual device.

It took some digging, but I got it to work using this code:

IApp app = ConfigureApp
                .iOS
                .EnableLocalScreenshots()
                .InstalledApp("com.example.yourappbundleid")
                .DeviceIp("192.168.1.1")
                .StartApp();

As a comparison, the way to run the tests on a simulator is like this:

IApp app = ConfigureApp
                .iOS
                .EnableLocalScreenshots()
                .DeviceIdentifier("E67C54DA-17B2-4EBC-AA08-FBF3FB571243") // iPhone 6, 8.1
                .AppBundle(PathToIPA)
                .StartApp();