Jim Bennett

Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, Xamarin Certified Developer, author of Xamarin In Action, blogger, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are my own.

  Reading, UK

See me soon at:

NDC London
FSharp Exchange
Techorama BE

My book:

Xamarin In Action

My podcast:

The Jim And Tonic Show
The Jim And Tonic Show on iTunes

Contact me:

  Xamarin In Action
  Twitter
  The Jim And Tonic Show
  GitHub
  LinkedIn
  YouTube
  Email
  CV

Using iOS 10 notifications with iBeacons

I'm a huge fan of iBeacons (and if you're coming to MS Ignite NZ 2016 then you can hear me talk about them) and they are pretty easy to get started with on iOS. The most basic use case is beacon monitoring - when your app detects a signal from an iBeacon it can wake up and do some processing in the background. Some of the time this processing might…

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Building iBeacon apps using Xamarin.iOS Video Tutorial

As a change from talking about iBeacons at events, I've decided to start a series of YouTube videos covering a number of topics around iBeacons. My first one, an introduction to building your first iBeacon app using Xamarin.iOS is now up on YouTube! You can check it out below. This is my first one, so would appreciate any feedback.…

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Xamarin Estimote iOS component

After my Blog post about binding the Estimote iOS SDK, James Montemagno (Developer evangelist at Xamarin) contacted me to say they were about to release an official Xamarin component for accessing Estimote iBeacons and nearables from iOS. This renders my binding library redundant - which is a good thing as its less work for me now to support it! I…

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Using iOS 10 notifications with iBeacons

I'm a huge fan of iBeacons (and if you're coming to MS Ignite NZ 2016 then you can hear me talk about them) and they are pretty easy to get started with on iOS. The most basic use case is beacon monitoring - when your app detects a signal from an iBeacon it can wake up and do some processing in the background. Some of the time this processing might…

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Come hear me speak at Xamarin Evolve

If you're going to Xamarin Evolve 2016 this year then come and hear me talk! I'll be speaking about using iBeacons and Eddystone in your apps including showing how to use beacons to find a hidden monkey- and giving away a few beacons to anyone who who can find the monkey. The beacons I will be using will be from Estimote - they make fantastic hard…

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Building iBeacon apps using Xamarin.iOS Video Tutorial

As a change from talking about iBeacons at events, I've decided to start a series of YouTube videos covering a number of topics around iBeacons. My first one, an introduction to building your first iBeacon app using Xamarin.iOS is now up on YouTube! You can check it out below. This is my first one, so would appreciate any feedback.…

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Xamarin Estimote iOS component

After my Blog post about binding the Estimote iOS SDK, James Montemagno (Developer evangelist at Xamarin) contacted me to say they were about to release an official Xamarin component for accessing Estimote iBeacons and nearables from iOS. This renders my binding library redundant - which is a good thing as its less work for me now to support it! I…

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Binding iOS libraries in Xamarin

Update: Since writing this, James Montemagno from Xamarin contacted me to say they are working on an Estimote component. This is now available on the Xamarin component store. Check out his blog post here. I've been playing around with iBeacons a lot recently. They seem a really cool technology with a load of interesting potential use cases. My…

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