James Montemagno: 1 Million Developers, Xamarin.Forms UAP, & I’m Speaking at Build!

Whoa! What an amazing day! Today Xamarin reached 1 Million Developer downloads, released awesome new Xamarin.Forms goodness, and tons of other updates to kick off Build. If you didn’t see the full announcement be sure to check it out on the Xamarin Blog.

If you are here at Build I hope that you are sporting that awesome Xamarin shirt from the Xamarin Build party. 

I am honored to be giving two presentations at this years Build, including a sessions with one of my favorite people in the entire world, Miguel de Icaza.

Be sure to stop by the Xamarin booth and say hi and come to one of my presentations on Friday!

Building Multi-Device Apps with Xamarin and Office 365 APIs

  • Date: May 1, 2015 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM
  • Day 3
  • Room 2014
  • 3-661

Go Mobile with C#, Visual Studio, and Xamarin

  • Date: May 1, 2015 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Day 3
  • Hall1 B
  • 3-770

Xamarin: Xamarin Passes 1 Million Developer Milestone

Today we announced that over 1 million unique developers have downloaded Xamarin since we started shipping C# for iOS and Android in July 2011. In addition to passing this major milestone, we are excited to announce some amazing new features that you can get today. Xamarin.Forms for Windows Xamarin.Forms for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone […]

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Xamarin: Delivering High Quality Apps with Every Submission

Have you ever uploaded an app for review and had it rejected? Or worse, have it live in the app store and fail in the hands of your users? The former can cause delays to shipping your newest release and the latter can taint an otherwise great brand. Having published several apps I have personally […]

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Nic Wise: The best design is no design at all: AppleWatch Edition

No, not THAT AppleWatch Edition. From Supertop, makers of Unread

One Less Thing.
We spent a lot of time not making a Watch app. We love our new wrist computers but they are not the place for reading articles.

This. 100 times this. So many of the watch apps I’ve seen – and Today Extensions – should never have been written. Just because you CAN write a Watch extension, doesn’t mean you should, especially if all it does is launch your phone app (ahem Evernote).

Out of my three remaining apps:

  • Nearest Bus is a prime candidate for a watch app. That’s next on my list.
  • Trip Wallet should never have one. Ever. No reason at all.
  • MobileAgent could – starting a timer or mileage maybe, but otherwise, no. If there was a way to get realtime, pushed bank account info that might be somewhat useful, but really, it’s just a notification.

And of the ones I work in at the day job (not that I have much say in which ones would get it):

  • goMoney – balances and transfers maybe, but as there is no push of information to the phone (and hence watch), it’s not overly useful (IMO – the company might think otherwise). It’s just a notification in the end (and how often do you do a transfer?)

So think carefullly about if a Watch app – or a Today Extension for that matter – even makes sense1 before you commit to making one.

  1. It might be that it doesn’t make UX/technical sense, but it has marketing value. Thats fine, I guess…. ¯_(?)_/¯ ?