Category Archives: Xamarin

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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MAD Tampa Xamarin University Spring Fling set for This Saturday 5/21!

The Mobile Application Developer Tampa user group is sponsoring a Xamarin spring fling beach BBQ!!!! This is a worldwide Xamarin event and we will have Xamarin and Syncfusion Swag for this Greater Tampa area fling. Limited seating, so sign up now!

Rain or shine, we have an incredible event shaping up for this weekend on Saturday 5/21 in the greater Tampa area! This event should be fun and is a great way to meet Xamarin developers in your local area. All folks who have registered are invited to join the Xamarin Slack Team using http://xamarinspringfling.slack.com/ We hope to see everyone active on Slack, May 21. Don’t forget to take pictures to share! Take a bunch and tweet away with #XamarinUSpringFling

When
Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
Where
Robert K Rees Memorial Park – 4835 Green Key Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652 – View Map

Register for this event which is on 5/21 at 3pm at: http://madtampaxamarinspringfling.eventbrite.com

It’s been a long time since we had a geek BBQ! No PowerPoint’sPowerPoints or projectors on the beach, we use White Boards and flip charts for beach meetings. Battery power only for laptops.  We might have a Brighthouse signal there. I will check that, but count on no internet. We will have the big hut with the huge grill, so this event is on rain or shine. It’s a county park so this is $2 parking with incredible sunsets. There is a playground for kids. Walking trail lookout over the Gulf where you can see houses on stilts in the water. No bottles on beach. See park rules and general info here for Green Key beach.

Event starts at 3PM (eat at 5) and runs until sunset, which should be about 8:30 . Everyone needs to bring a side dish to share as well as your own beverages and we have sponsors to buy all the grill meats, charcoal, paper plates and red plastic cups. The optional after party will be at the Reef in Downtown New Port Richey, 5-minute drive away on Main St and Grand Ave in New Port Richey, FL.

IT WILL BE A BLAST! We will be on the blog page of Xamarin for sure with the photos we all take.

See great info on this PowerPoint presentation about  Xamarin University !

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

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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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Contest: 4 days left! Favorite Xamarin Studio Feature

With recent updates to Xamarin Studio and the introduction of very affordable $25 per month Xamarin Indie subscriptions, more developers than ever are finding out just how fast, easy, and fun mobile development with Xamarin Studio can be. Submissions are needed by August 18,  so don’t let this pass by with just 4 days left. Click on the Xamarin blog post below for more info on how to enter and some great prizes.

http://blog.xamarin.com/contest-favorite-feature-of-xamarin-studio/

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What do Tom Hanks and Xamarin have in common?

Attention App Developers! See my 1st Xamarin  blog post!

http://blog.xamarin.com/tom-hanks-vintage-typewriter-inspired-hanx-writer-app/

I interviewed developer Jonathan Peppers of Hitcents about his Tom Hanks inspired app called Hanx Writer.   How did Tom Hanks inspire this app? Read the blog to find out! I think you will enjoy this post as it provides great info on how this app was built using the Xamarin Platform. He includes a wealth of knowledge including which API’s he used when he built this app. Enjoy and  by all means please share!

Please tweet w #hanxwriter   and download the Hanx Writer iPad app which was just released today!

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Screen shot from the new Hanx app just released today!

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Where in the World is Russ Fustino?

My calendar has been filling up in my new Developer Evangelism role at Xamarin. Here is my current itinerary, I hope to see you at one or more of these events! If you have an event you would like to have me speak at, please let me know. @RussFustino

8/18/2014
South Florida Xamarin User Group

The Best of Xamarin University
http://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-Xamarin-User-Group/events/199391772/

8/19/2014
TechNite in Miami

Networking Event
http://technightattheballpark.com/

8/20/2014
Tampa Xamarin UG

The Best of Xamarin University
http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Xamarin-User-Group/events/199363032/

9/4/2014
Tallahassee .NET UG

Xamarin.Forms
http://www.meetup.com/tally-dot-net/

9/13/2014
Jacksonville, Code Impact

Xamarin.Forms
http://www.codeimpact.org

9/18/2014
Portland, Maine, Casco Bay .NET Users Group
Xamarin.Forms
http://www.cbnug.org/

9/20/2014
Vermont Code Camp
Xamarin.Forms
http://vtcodecamp.org/

9/25/2014
Space Coast UG

Topic TBD
http://www.meetup.com/Space-Coast-Net-User-Group/

10/6 thru 10/10
Evolve – Atlanta

Topic: TBD
Http://evolve.xamarin.com

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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Xamarin Forms session by Russ Fustino, Xamarin Developer Evangelist

Xamarin at Successful Tampa Code Camp! Recap

I had the great pleasure presenting Xamarin Forms at the recent Tampa Code Camp. This event was resurrected from a one year hiatus and a welcome site to the Tampa Developer Community. Many are looking forward to a bigger and better code camp as part of a very engaged developer community here in Tampa next year.

Personally, this was a huge moment in the next chapter of my career as well. I delivered my first Xamarin Session, concluding with three weeks of intense training and setup. It was a culture shock, of sorts, for me to present on a Mac and I joked about it that it was more of a challenge for me to learn a Mac than learn Xamarin! The Mac is a better presenting machine in that there are fewer moving parts to demonstrate iOS development. I still use my Windows machine to develop on. Anyway, it all turned out good as about 60 in my session learned about the Xamarin Platform and Xamarin Forms.  For most of the audience, it was their first exposure to Xamarin.

Here are is PowerPoint for the session: http://1drv.ms/1AbKxPp

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First photo of Russ as a Xamarin Developer Evangelist in Action! (Thanks Scott Dorman!)

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It was a packed house! Greg Leonardo was working on my AV here.   It is funny, I once did that for him a few years back at one of his sessions. Full circle, huh?

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First Demo, Xamarin Forms Hello World in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. This got a big warm round of applause!

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Russ with Greg Leonardo, Head organizer of Tampa Code Camp.

Fox News has a great piece on the code camp: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26016891/code-camp-brings-developers-together

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Russ Fustino, Xamarin Developer Evangelist!

Hello all! I am happy to announce I am the new Developer Evangelist for Xamarin! I am so excited about this next chapter in my career. I am looking forward to learning and teaching one of the hottest set of software products on this planet, which will help the lives of many fellow geeks! It is a very rewarding position indeed and I am on cloud 9. Everyone I have met at Xamarin is awesome and I look forward getting to know the entire team.

For those that unfamiliar on what Xamarin does… we produce software for programmers which facilitates creating the same mobile app, natively, on multiple platforms such as Windows Phone,  Android and iOS. It is a ‘must have’ tool in the industry with some incredible recent announcements on the new version Xamarin 3.

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I will be traveling up to the Boston Xamarin office on occasion and I look forward to seeing all the “Shed Heads” back home. So, New England crew, get those lobsters ready!

And of course, I will be hitting up all the conferences for speaking engagements in and around Florida and all over the country. Drop me an email if you are interested in having me speak at your user group or conference. My new email at Xamarin is russell.fustino@xamarin.com .

I also setup a new twitter @RussFustino with my actual name (about time huh?). Please follow! I will have more details on my Xamarin blog once it gets set up. Stay tuned and follow me on twitter. Thanks!

 

Gary Fustino Nominated for Good Burger Award. Please vote!

Gary has been nominated for the Good Burger award in St. Pete for “Cool Companies – Small” as Design For Communication. He has contributed much in the community including being an active member of our user groups and design for several Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps.

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Gary is spreading the word to vote for him to become a winner in the St Pete’s Chamber Good Burger Award contest! And this a quite an honor. Voting starts today and runs thru July 17 and we would appreciate your support.

Go to: www.stpete.com/goodburger and cast your vote. “Design For Communication” is in the category “Cool Companies – Small”. It only takes a few seconds to vote.

Thank you for all you do in the community, too.

Also, please joins us on Aug 28 at Jannus Live for the award party from 6-9pm with 5 bands. Non-Member Attendee = $20.

Gary Fustino

· St Pete Chamber & Midstate Chamber – Ambassador

· Bluffs Business Association – eServices Director

· Member of Tampa Bay Computer Society

· Member/Participant of Visual Design League, Tampa Bay Win Dev, Win Phone 8, DevUp, Tampa & Sarasota BarCamp/CodeCamp, Xamarin MeetUp

· Former Employee of the New York State Council on the Arts

· Buffalo Art Directors Club