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New Job for Russ!

I am now an Opsgility employee as a Senior Cloud Solutions Architect! I will be teaching Xamarin and Azure to developers worldwide… and I will be building Xamarin Forms apps too! Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries. Opsgility is now a Dev Essentials partner! MVP Michael Washam is the CEO. Lot’s of nice folks here, I am so excited!

Use 30 day free trail http://www.opsgility.com using this code: TRYOPSGILITY

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App Studio Webcasts now posted to Channel 9!

I am very excited to announce the return of Russ’ ToolShed at my new MVP channel on MSDN’s Channel9 at https://channel9.msdn.com/Niners/russtoolshed/

Here is a great 3 part series you can lick your chops on for the latest release of Windows App Studio.

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Part 1 – App Studio Building Universal Windows Apps with No Code

It’s all about creating quality apps quickly using templates. The enhanced App Studio (now for Windows 10) gives you a great start. Use the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) – one binary, one project for phone and tablet. Employ new the pivot control API’s for YouTube and Flickr integration. Deploy ads easier. And wrap-up a responsive website in an app. These features for app development including “T!PS” for business were discussed and demonstrated during this webinar. See all of the Fustino Brothers Webcasts at: http://www.inbusinessseo.net/tps-blog

 

Part 2 – App Studio Data, Graphics, REST Services, Updates

Join MVP Russ Fustino and all of the Fustino Brothers in this webcast for the Mobile App Dev Tampa (MAD Tampa) as they present to you this hot off the metal session on a deep dive into Microsoft Windows App Studio. FBI-Apps covered the new enhancements that the June 2016 release brings to building Universal Windows apps that run on the Phone and Tablet/Desktop. They focused on their recent experience in building the Ani DiFranco LivingMuseum app with data collections, graphic requirements and team testing.
Questions addressed:

  • When importing a CSV for my data in a collection, how do I upload it without getting numerous errors?
  • Is there an Excel macro/Add-in I can use to help this process, so I have the ability to keep commas in the field data, use semi colons as a delimiter and double quotes around all of the field data items?
  • What is the maximum number of items in a collection? Is there a work around?
  • How do I assign actions on a detail page of a collection item?
  • How do I take advantage of Hero images on each page and what sizes are needed? Where do I load the background of the app?
  • Where do I set the splash screen vs the logos for the app?
  • What are the size limitations?
  • Is there an easy way to install the app for reviewers and team members?

App Studio – Part 3 Know the Code

Join Microsoft MVP Russ Fustino, brothers Rich and Gary.  FBI Apps, is proud to resurrect “Russ’ ToolShed”!

 

FBI Apps takes a deep dive into the incredible code that the Windows App Studio team created for all us. You know App Studio is even open source… go to: https://github.com/wasteam/waslibs. Russ shared tips on how to use the Command Bar, crash reporting, master/detail pages, Search, Caching, Ads and all with the generated code.

Windows App Studio Questions Answered:

  1. How do we integrate the UWP Command Bar to execute one set of event handlers for the app?
  2. How do we integrate the latest crash reporting from Microsoft called Hockey App?
  3. How do master/detail page relationships work in App Studio code?
  4. You want a Navigation bar in your app? And search?
  5. You want to write an app that functions completely in Airplane mode, once it is cached is created? If you are a UWP coder, you won’t want to miss this caching topic.
  6. “IT’S HUGE”, like one of the local car dealers says on his radio and TV ads! We will also show you how to setup the Ad Client using App Studio and look at the generated XAML!

YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE CODE TO GET IN THE SHED!
KNOW THE CODE.

Know the code, inside App Studio Webcast today!

 

When
Monday, July 11, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
Where
IBLN-FBI / MAD Tampa Free Webinar – Online, Webinar Only

register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-part-3-top-10-reasons-to-know-the-code-inside-windows-app-studio-tickets-26478368513

Join Microsoft MVP Russ Fustino and his two brothers, Rich and Gary. Our company, FBI Apps, is proud to resurrect “Russ’ ToolShed”!!! On what topic, you might ask?  CODE!  Let’s take a deep dive into the incredible code the Windows App Studio team creates for us to use. App Studio is even open source. (https://github.com/wasteam/waslibs). We will show how to use a Command Bar, crash reporting, master / detail pages, Search, Caching and Ads in App Studio and then dive into the generated code.

Join this webcast and get answers to these questions:

1. How do I integrate the UWP Command Bar to execute one set of event handlers for the app?

2. How do I integrate the latest crash reporting from Microsoft called Hockey App?

3. How do master/detail page relationships work in App Studio code?

4. You want a Navigation bar in your app? And search?

5. You want to write an app that functions completely in Airplane mode, once it is cached is created? If you are a UWP coder, you won’t want to miss this caching topic.

6. “IT’S HUGE”, like one of the local car dealers says on his radio and TV ads! We will also show you how to setup the Ad Client using App Studio and look at the generated XAML!

Be there or be talked about. Why wouldn’t you start a UWP App, by generating your template with App Studio? Share your experiences with App Studio in this meet up!

YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE CODE TO GET IN THE SHED! KNOW THE CODE.

“T!PS” for business, and apps development. Reserve your virtual seat today.

Live Online Screen Meeting Instructions:
1. On Your Computer- It’s Recommended to Use a Headset.
- Join-In 3-5 minutes before meeting
- Over the Internet, with your computer / laptop / tablet at -this link: https://www.startmeeting.com/wall/679-256-129
- If you don’t already have the “Start Meeting” free software  – A dialog box will come up and ask permission to download, please click/tap Yes.
- The system will guide you through the process to participate in the online meeting.
- Click/Tap “Join”, complete your name and email address, then click/tap “Submit”.
- First, the “Fustino Brothers, Inc.” dashboard with show on screen.  – Test your speaker/mike. If headset doesn’t work, or if connection is lost try “Rejoin”.
- Click/Tap on the green microphone symbol. When the symbol turns red you are live.
- Introduce yourself.

Or, Conference Call Instructions to Join-In: 
1. For the Phone Take Your Call in a Quite Location-
- Join-In using a land line / mobile phone (no computer needed for this option).  – Dial (530) 881-1212(530) 881-1212 when prompted enter access code followed by the “pound” key.
- 679-256-129# (be sure to include the “#” symbol).
- Meeting time approximately 45 mins. Meeting may be recorded.

June’s Free MAD Tampa Webcast: Part 2 Windows App Studio: Data, Graphics & Installation

Lots of new stuff announced in June 2016  release of Microsoft App Studio including consuming REST services and new load/list management for long lists. Good stuff!

Date: June 20, 2016
Start Time: 11:30 AM
Interactive Webinar

RSVP at: https://madtampafbiappsjune202016.eventbrite.com

Join MVP Russ Fustino, Gary and Rich of the Fustino Brothers in our next webcast for the Mobile App Dev Tampa (MAD Tampa) User Group as we bring you this hot off the metal session on a deep dive into Microsoft Windows App Studio. We will also cover the new enhancements that the June 2016 release brings in building Universal Windows apps that run on the Phone and Tablet/Desktop. These new features include, consuming REST services, enhanced list loading, increased size of your YouTube Playlists as well as collections and more! We will focus on our recent experience in building the Ani DiFranco LivingMuseum app with focus on data collections, graphic requirements and team testing. Join this session to learn answers to these questions…

  • When importing a CSV for my data in a collection, how do I upload it without getting numerous errors?
  • Is there an Excel macro/Add-in I can use to help this process, so I have the ability to keep commas in the field data, use semi colons as a delimiter and double quotes around all of the field data items?
  • What is the maximum number of items in a collection? Is there a work around?
  • How do I assign actions on a detail page of a collection item?
  • How do I take advantage of Hero images on each page and what sizes are needed?
  • Where do I load the background of the app?
  • Where do I set the splash screen vs the logos for the app?
  • What are the size limitations?
  • Is there an easy way to install the app for reviewers and team members?
  • Register today and reserve your virtual seat.

Webinar: Building Universal Windows Apps with No Code in Microsoft App Studio

When: Monday 5/9/16 at Noon to 12:30 PM EST

Where: Online using Start Meeting (details below)

Registration link:

http://www.meetup.com/InBusinessLinksNetwork-FustinoBrothersInc/events/229812621/

Join Microsoft MVP Russ Fustino and the Fustino Brothers in Building universal Windows apps with no code using Microsoft App Studio. It’s all about creating quality apps quickly using templates. The enhanced App Studio (now for Windows 10) gives up great start. Use the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) – one binary, one project for phone and tablet. Employ new the pivot control API’s for YouTube and Flickr integration. Deploy ads easier. And wrap-up a responsive website in an app. These features for app development including “T!PS” for business will be discussed and demonstrated during the webinar. Register today and reserve your virtual seat.

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Live Online Screen Meeting Instructions:
1. On Your Computer- It’s Recommended to Use a Headset.
- Join-In 3-5 minutes before meeting
- Over the Internet, with your computer / laptop / tablet at -this link: https://www.startmeeting.com/wall/679-256-129
- If you don’t already have the “Start Meeting” free software – A dialog box will come up and ask permission to download, please click/tap Yes.
- The system will guide you through the process to participate in the online meeting.
- Click/Tap “Join”, complete your name and email address, then click/tap “Submit”.
- First, the “Fustino Brothers, Inc.” dashboard with show on screen. – Test your speaker/mike. If headset doesn’t work, or if connection is lost try “Rejoin”.
- Click/Tap on the green microphone symbol. When the symbol turns red you are live.
- Introduce yourself.

Or, Conference Call Instructions to Join-In:
1. For the Phone Take Your Call in a Quite Location-
- Join-In using a land line / mobile phone (no computer needed for this option). – Dial (530) 881-1212(530) 881-1212 when prompted enter access code followed by the “pound” key.
- 679-256-129# (be sure to include the “#” symbol).
- Meeting time approximately 45 mins. Meeting may be recorded.

Rock’in Cross Platform Mobile Dev with Russ!

June 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Station 2 Innovation Center

912 7th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208  (map)

Two sessions in one! Join Russ as he kicks off his Florida Tour. This will be the only Tampa/Sarasota location on the tour, so be sure not to miss it! Details  of tour to follow.

Also, see “Improving Your App Quality”, details below!

Register here: http://www.meetup.com/Entrepreneurs-Startups/events/222241246/

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Join Microsoft MVP and Raygun Community Evangelist Russ Fustino in this hot off the metal session as he shares insights into the trials, tribulations and joy of building the officially endorsed Jethro Tull App.

Share the excitement as Russ “tells all” about creating his Jethro Tull app. The app is now published for Android and iOS, Windows Store and Windows Phone. How did he do it? Is Xamarin Forms the real deal?

Topics covered include:

·  Images

·  Custom Renderers

·  Embedded Resources

·  XAML

·  Third party controls and plugins

·  Building for Phone and Tablet

·  Dependency Injection

·  App Store review process

·  Third Party Endorsement Proof

Improving Your App Quality:

Russ will close with showing his world class error reporting built into the app with proactive email support. He shares this great error reporting tool that is fast and reliable, no matter what the load. See how he used Raygun this during the development cycle to help debug errors and some weird bugs for the Xamarin Forms Endorsed Jethro Tull app. It is also great for the production environment and gives you real time data and affected user information no matter what the platform including JavaScript, .NET, Ruby and more. Be proactive and fix errors before your users hound you down. See an overview of Raygun and the many supported platforms as well as integrations. Download your free trial today! www.raygun.io and follow @raygunio

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Bio: Russ Fustino is a MVP and Raygun Community Evangelist and a highly experienced software evangelist. He has developed and published Windows Store, Windows Phone 8.1 Universal, Xamarin iOS, Android and WP 8 apps. He is a former Developer Evangelist for Xamarin, ComponentOne and Microsoft and is CEO of Fustino Brothers, Inc (FBI). FBI Tull apps are officially endorsed by Jethro Tull. Russ has a passion for software development and tools through conveying technology via live seminars, webcasts, blogs, photos and internet video productions.  Russ is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Client Development and an INETA Lifetime Achievement Award winner for helping educate, entertain and enlighten over 1 million programmers. Russ co-heads up an INETA group:  Mobile Application Developers Tampa (MADTampa – www.madtampa.com ). Check out Russ’ blog at www.russtoolshed.net/blog and follow @RussFustino.

MAD Tampa recap, How We Built The Jethro Tull App

Special thanks go out to a great group! The Mobile Application Developer Tampa group was a packed house and the crowd was very engaged with a ton of questions. Please find the links with all of the answers!

 

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The second session I did was on “Improving Your App Quality”  and the recap for that session including PowerPoint and sample code will be posted soon on the http://raygun.io  site. As promised, here are all of the resource links for the Tull session:

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• Xamarin Forms Gallery (Navigation)

http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/cross-platform/xamarin-forms/controls/pages/

•What is a Xamarin plugin?

http://motzcod.es/post/104507063997/what-exactly-is-a-plugin-for-xamarin

•How to create a plugin?

http://blog.xamarin.com/creating-reusable-plugins-for-xamarin.forms/

•302 Error on Tour dates feed – Bugzilla
https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=27265

•Mr. Gestures on NuGet

http://mrgestures.com/

•Background images that don’t stretch

http://java.dzone.com/articles/using-full-size-none-stretched

•Circle Images

https://www.nuget.org/packages/Xam.Plugins.Forms.ImageCircle

•XAML View for Custom Cells

https://gist.github.com/jamesmontemagno/a70ffa4a3d16972a3369

•HP 10 Plus 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (Silver) – $239

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Plus-10-1-Inch-Tablet-Silver/dp/B00LPC3W1Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431503402&sr=8-1&keywords=HP+10+Plus+10.1-Inch+16+GB+Tablet+%28Silver%29

PS. You need 10 inch screen shots for submitting apps, and there are no emulators of that size that I could find.

•Excel 2003 Add-in: XML Tools Add-in

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3108

•Good link for splash screen on android:

http://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/19362/xamarin-forms-splashscreen-in-android

• For the Build/iOS Bundle Signing set “Identity: Developer (Automatic)” and “Provisioning Profile: Automatic”. Was getting error – can’t find in keychain

http://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/25768/iphone-code-signing-key-other-developer-name-xxxxx-not-found-in-keychain

•App Submission Resources Android

https://developers.google.com/android-publisher/

http://www.appbrain.com/stats/android-market-app-categories

https://play.google.com/about/developer-content-policy.html

https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/113474

• App Submission Resources IOS

https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/

https://developer.apple.com/app-store/

• IOS Screen shots

https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/LanguagesUtilities/Conceptual/iTunesConnect_Guide/Appendices/Properties.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40011225-CH26-SW2

•Publishing IOS:

http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/ios/deployment,_testing,_and_metrics/app_distribution_overview/publishing_to_the_app_store/

•Common Bug on IOS Publishing

https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/40388/disallowed-paths-itunesmetadata-plist-found-at-when-submitting-to-app-store/p1

•Publishing Android

http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/android/deployment,_testing,_and_metrics/publishing_an_application/

•Android in app billing:

http://components.xamarin.com/view/xamarin.inappbilling  (Which has a sample app)

•Dependency service:

http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/cross-platform/xamarin-forms/dependency-service/

•Getting Started  Xamarin.InAppPurchase:

https://components.xamarin.com/gettingstarted/xamarin.inapppurchase

Rockin with Russ Fustino!

Join the Mobile Application Developer Meetup Group in Tampa, Florida!

http://www.meetup.com/TampaBay-MobileAppDevelopers

Meeting Dates Set for 2015!

MAD Tampa will generally meet every second Wednesday

Time: 5:30-8:00PM

Location: AgileThought Office (Tampa)

2502 N Rocky Point Dr. Ste 900
Tampa, FL 33607  (map)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Two Sessions by Russ Fustino, MVP and Raygun Community Evangelist

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How we built the Jethro Tull Endorsed app using Xamarin Forms

Is Xamarin Forms the real deal? Join MVP Russ Fustino as he shares insights into the trials, tribulations and joy of building the Endorsed Jethro Tull App. Hot off the metal topics covered include: background images in the app (that are not distorted), using custom renderers, using embedded resources, XAML markup for Tablet and Phone, instrumentation, custom view cell, image sizes, third party controls including Mr. Gestures,  Circle Image Control ,  Xam.Plugins.Settings as well as portrait and landscape orientations. Also, he will cover some gotcha’s on the submission process to Amazon Store, Google Play and The App store including: setting up a test team, app size limitations on Android, iTunes and Apple logos, competitive mobile platform stores for iOS apps, in app purchases and third party endorsement proof.

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Improving Your App Quality

Join MVP Russ Fustino as he shares a great error reporting tool that is fast and reliable, no matter what the load. See how he used Raygun this during the development cycle to help debug errors and some weird bugs for the Endorsed Jethro Tull app. It is also great for the production environment and gives you real time data and affected user information. Be proactive and fix errors before your users hound you down. See an overview of Raygun and the many supported platforms as well as integrations.

Download your free trial today! www.raygun.io and follow @raygunio

Bio:

Russ Fustino is a Raygun Community Evangelist and a highly experienced software evangelist. As well he has developed and published Windows Store, Windows Phone 8.1 Universal, Xamarin iOS, Android and WP 8 apps. He is a former Developer Evangelist for Xamarin, ComponentOne and Microsoft and is CEO of Fustino Brothers, Inc (FBI). FBI Tull apps are endorsed by Jethro Tull. Russ has a passion for software development and tools through conveying technology via live seminars, webcasts, blogs, photos and internet video productions. Russ is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Client Development and an INETA Lifetime Achievement Award winner for helping educate, entertain and enlighten over 1 million programmers. Russ co-heads up an INETA group: Mobile Application Developers Tampa (MADTampa – www.madtampa.com ). Check out Russ’ blog at www.russtoolshed.net/blog and follow @RussFustino

Russ Fustino, Full Time CEO of Fustino Brothers

  • I am back to being CEO of Fustino Brothers, full time. Email russ@fustinobrothers.com and please follow @FustinoBrothers and @RussFustino
  • I am taking a little break  from my contract with Xamarin and Developer Evangelism
  • On a little painful news, it is starting to look like I need laser surgery on my back. During recovery period I plan on doing a lot of coding, as traveling will not be possible, and publish the Jethro Tull iOS and Android Apps using Xamarin. I will know more in a couple of weeks.
  • I am heading up to the Jethro Tull shows in Providence, RI tonight and Lynn, MA on Saturday .  I will be  showing Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull the FBI Jethro Tull app  for Windows Phone and Windows Store right after sound check in Lynn. How exciting is this!
  • The App Studio team will be at the Lynn, MA show to capture the moment.
  • Then its off  to the MVP Summit for my favorite conference of the year! I am so looking forward to seeing everyone! I think I am in trouble however, as my room mate is the one and only Jonas Stawski. Yikes! Smile

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  • I will be documenting my way thru this experience of Using App Studio to start an app and using Xamarin to finish it. I am working on a new set of videos for WintellectNOW. More details to come as to topics and content.
  • I am working with the App Studio Windows   team to make the generated C# projects Xamarin friendly, facilitating cross platform capabilities.  The team is very close right now , and keeps getting closer in every release.
  • I hope to be back with Xamarin after the new year in some capacity.
  • I received my Xamarin Mobile App Certification in October and my 2014 Renewal for Microsoft MVP 2014 in Microsoft Platform Development!
  • Wish me luck!

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Great SD Times Article on Xamarin and Azure

I had the great pleasure of chatting with Microsoft RD Patrick Hynds and I contributed a few quotes to his latest article in SD Times Magazine on Azure.  We talked  about how Xamarin fits nicely into this scenario. Xamarin has an Azure Mobile Services Component in the Xamarin Component Store.

Enjoy a good read at:
http://sdtimes.com/follow-azure-road-cloud/

Xamarin is specifically mentioned on page 9:
http://sdtimes.com/follow-azure-road-cloud/9/

Also, announcing Monthly payments for Indie!

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