Jim Bennett
Xamarin MVP Microsoft MVP

Mobile developer at EROAD, Xamarin MVP and Certified Developer, Microsoft MVP, author of Xamarin In Action, blogger, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are my own.

  Auckland, New Zealand
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Images for an iOS app

When developing for iOS there are a number of different image sizes needed. Just for the springboard icon you need different sizes for iPhones and iPads, both retina and normal versions. When you add spotlight icons (again both retina and normal), iTunes icons the list gets huge. To help with this and to practice my Node.js skills, I created a no…

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Creating a NuGet PCL that works with Xamarin.ios

I've been playing with Xamarin.Forms recently to develop an iOS app. The aim is to use my portable open source Plex API in the app (more details of the app will come later once it's ready to release). The basic concept of Xamarin.Forms is to have a core portable class library containing all the application code, and very thin platform specific lib…

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Synergy

As you've probably seen from my other posts, I'm developing iOS apps using Visual Studio on Windows as my development environment, and a MacBook Pro for running the actual builds. This is a pain when I want to test. As good as Ripple is, it's not as good as the actual iOS simulator. It's a pain jumping from one computer to the other. Thats where…

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Popping my open source cherry

Today the pull request for my first ever contribution to someone else's open source project was accepted and merged. It was a small bug fix to Framework7 - a really cool HTML5 framework for building iOS 7 style apps. I'm using it for my first cordova project and what it outputs looks just like a native iOS 7 app. Highly recommended. A big thank y…

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Using Visual Studio to develop Cordova apps part 2 - Creating an app

Building on the previous post in this series, I thought it would be fun to try to learn Angular.js and include this in my Cordova app. I could also do with so nice looking widgets, so I decided to have a play with TopCoat. First thing I need is an app to build. One of my current 'First World Problems' is having to convert from US units (mg/dL) to…

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Using Visual Studio to develop Cordova apps

So after yesterdays attempt to create a 'Hello World' app using the new Cordova tools for Visual Studio, I thought tonight I'd try again. If you haven't heard the news, Microsoft announced a CTP of support for Cordova inside Visual Studio. Thats right, Microsoft is opening up to a world of other devices. The aim is to allow you to build HTML5 app…

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Images for an iOS app

When developing for iOS there are a number of different image sizes needed. Just for the springboard icon you need different sizes for iPhones and iPads, both retina and normal versions. When you add spotlight icons (again both retina and normal), iTunes icons the list gets huge. To help with this and to practice my Node.js skills, I created a no…

Read More

Creating a NuGet PCL that works with Xamarin.ios

I've been playing with Xamarin.Forms recently to develop an iOS app. The aim is to use my portable open source Plex API in the app (more details of the app will come later once it's ready to release). The basic concept of Xamarin.Forms is to have a core portable class library containing all the application code, and very thin platform specific lib…

Read More

Synergy

As you've probably seen from my other posts, I'm developing iOS apps using Visual Studio on Windows as my development environment, and a MacBook Pro for running the actual builds. This is a pain when I want to test. As good as Ripple is, it's not as good as the actual iOS simulator. It's a pain jumping from one computer to the other. Thats where…

Read More

Popping my open source cherry

Today the pull request for my first ever contribution to someone else's open source project was accepted and merged. It was a small bug fix to Framework7 - a really cool HTML5 framework for building iOS 7 style apps. I'm using it for my first cordova project and what it outputs looks just like a native iOS 7 app. Highly recommended. A big thank y…

Read More

Using Visual Studio to develop Cordova apps part 2 - Creating an app

Building on the previous post in this series, I thought it would be fun to try to learn Angular.js and include this in my Cordova app. I could also do with so nice looking widgets, so I decided to have a play with TopCoat. First thing I need is an app to build. One of my current 'First World Problems' is having to convert from US units (mg/dL) to…

Read More

Using Visual Studio to develop Cordova apps

So after yesterdays attempt to create a 'Hello World' app using the new Cordova tools for Visual Studio, I thought tonight I'd try again. If you haven't heard the news, Microsoft announced a CTP of support for Cordova inside Visual Studio. Thats right, Microsoft is opening up to a world of other devices. The aim is to allow you to build HTML5 app…

Read More