What I’ve learn from Microsoft this week…

Last week, I just decided to shutdown my project “Where are my friends ?”, to put more time to be well informed new things in .Net… I fact, I wasn’t aware of the DotNetConf and events planned for the next couple of month. It was just a great timing… and I take some time to listen all these webcast, explaning what’s new for us as “.net developer”.

In these webcast, you can feel all the passion about these Microsoft people, and how Microsoft is more open to the community.

DotNet Conf 2015 (March 18 & 19)

Office 2016 for mac for free

It’s been quite some time that Microsoft Office for mac has not been update… In fact, the last version was released in 2011. As you known, Office 365 is a cloud release and it’s available on every os/device.

The preview release of Office 2016 for Mac OS X have been launch from a couple of weeks ago… I was little bit suspicious to try it, just because my current version (2011) does what I need, but… For some reasons, I have to reuse Outlook instead the OS X mail app, for my professional reasons. Just to let you known, some bugs in Outlook 2011, frustrated my to stop using some months ago. Now with this release, I supposed the user experience would be much better.

The link is here: http://products.office.com/en-CA/mac/mac-preview

What I’m doing ?

It’s been a while since I’m using Visual Studio Online, in fact, I’m using it since May 2013. Only to stay organized, the tools work really well. Some of my clients have standard infrastructure for theirs development team, a bunch of servers use for various things like source control.

Before the launch of Visual Studio online, I had virtualized a TFS server instance inside my home made VmWare infrastructure, but since I’ve discovered it, this home made server have been shut down.

Because TFS isn’t only a source code repository, it will help you to organize and stay organized with your work planning. Small development team, can really find some benefits to move to Visual Studio Online.

whatiamdoingVisual studio Online pricing details: here

I’m still alive…

… but really busy for a couple of weeks

A quick blog-post to say that I’m using two tools very useful for mobile development… used for “Where are my friends ?” multi-platform mobile app version 2.0.

iOS TestFlight

That’s things work very well and that features save me some time to test the package that I’ve already sent for the final approbation to the iTunes store.


Xamarin users who want to test if theirs x64 iOS application compile still work for release, can use it to save approval time. I say that, cause I had problems with my x64 release, once submitted and download from the iTunes store prerelease.


Other things use for my next “Where are my friends ?” app, is the Xamarin.Insights portal. You want to track users’ problems with your mobile app, this is what you need to use. Very simple to implement, and very simple to use… Xamarin.Insights are still in beta, and we haven’t pricing details.. I hope it will come soon…


More details: Improve your mobile app with Xamarin.Insights

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I was going to my hockey game, yesterday, and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stoned was playing on the radio station… Tonight, I’ve just made a big look  in the past, some years ago, when I was mostly a photographer in my free times.

Today, I just open my old photography archive and decide share some quick selection to you, made completely randomly… Happy christmas times ;)

Xamarin.Forms learning curves

Recently, I start to redesign the UI of my mobile app for being able to use the Xamarin.Forms framework. Here a couple of link and problems/solutions that helped me.

The last links will be very helpful, if you work with a single business core, and you integrated it into you Xamarin.Forms app.

Out of my confortable zone

Out of my confortable zone, I submit a second webcast on Azure Rocks web site. The subject is about consuming message from Microsoft Azure Service Bus Queue.

The webcast is in french, because my english speaking isn’t perfect, but I promise to go a step forward, outside my confortable zone, and translate it into english.