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Russ Fustino MVP Summit Channel 9 Interview on appdev!

At the recent MVP Summit in Redmond, Russ Fustino, Microsoft MVP developer Windows Platform, chats with Seth Juarez  of Microsoft’s Channel 9 about Microsoft App Studio, Windows 10 and cross platform development, as well as the OutSystems Platform and the MVP summit in general. Enjoy!




Note: I am looking for career opportunities, so if you know of any that I might be interested in, please contact me at russ@fustinobrothers.com

Rock’in with Russ Fustino, Florida Tour Announced!

Where in the world is Russ Fustino? Here are the dates, locations and topics for this week in Florida! More dates to be published next week. This week includes Bradenton, Miami and Boca Raton! Hope to see you there!

Date: June 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Station 2 Innovation Center
912 7th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208  (map)

Topic: Rock’in Cross Platform Mobile Dev with Russ!

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


Date: June 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: University of Miami

5030 Brunson Dr #314, Coral Gables, FL 33124

Room 314 Dooley Memorial Building.  In the same building as the Cosford Cinema.

Topic:  Rock’in with Russ on Today’s Software Development Technologies

Register here:   (limited number of public seats available) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockin-with-russ-on-todays-software-development-technologies-tickets-17218250250


Date: June 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Coders Café Special meeting at Cendyn Spaces!

Cendyn SPACES Cazbah
980 North Federal Highway #110
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Topic:  Rock’in with Russ! How We Built the Jethro Tull App Using Xamarin Forms and Raygun

Register here:   http://www.fladotnet.com/Reg.aspx?EventID=769

Tour sponsored by Raygun.IO!


Russ Fustino, Raygun Community Evangelist

Another chapter begins for me in this great developer community we have in our software industry! I am happy to announce I have started at www.raygun.io as the Raygun Community Evangelist! Raygun has the hottest error tracking and affected user software in our industry. Raygun continues to see significant growth month over month in downloads and installations…  Raygun supports more app platforms and more integration notification systems than anyone.  See lists below.

Are you tired figuring out null reference exceptions? Is it from C# , IL (Intermediate Language) or the machine code by the JIT compiler? This can be tricky indeed,..what exactly is null? Enter Raygun. For example, I had a WebException: Error: NameResolutionFailure in my Jethro Tull app during development, and the Raygun reporting pointed me directly to the http client request call that had failed. I forgot to put in a try / catch statement around that call and it was fixed pretty quick.


Also, Raygun’s backend infrastructure is second to none and is blazing fast, which is a huge benefit to developers during testing and development. It is great to have results to analyze in a matter of seconds on a consistent basis. Even better, is to get the results for production apps before your customers do and be proactive!

Message grouping an awesome feature of Raygun. What is message grouping? Let’s say you have a globalized web app and you have an error message from a browser in Germany and the same error in English. Even though textually different, they are grouped as effectively the same error! It makes your job easier. Start your free trial now at www.raygun.io .

The product continues to be enhanced with more enhancements planned. Check out  most recent Announcement on: Affected User Tracking – The Easy Way To Find Out Who, What, Why and When!

I am looking for speaking engagements, so let me know if you know of any user groups or events, who might  be interested in seeing this great set of tools. It’s all about taking your application quality to a higher level! Please contact me at rfustino@raygun.io .

Stay tuned to @RussFustino and @raygunio for more tweets about Raygun. Please like our Facebook page too !

Check out John-Daniel Trask interview on a recent episode of .NET Rocks Tune in for special offer, as a thanks just for listening! John-Daniel Trask is the Co-founder & CEO of Mindscape, creators of the popular Raygun error tracking software. John-Daniel is also a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP. I look forward to working with his energetic team and everyone at Raygun,They are a genuine and talented group!

We are expanding the US office based in the San Francisco Bay area and are hiring a sales, marketing and evangelism team over the next few months. The evangelism position is not geo specific. See details at: www.raygun.io/careers


Get notified today! Use Raygun!

Platform Support:


iOS, Ruby on Rails
Cold Fusion

Third Party languages:

goraygun (Go language)
RaygunAS (Adobe Air)


Visual Studio Online


Web Hooks


Octopus Deploy

Russ Fustino shows Jethro Tull app to Ian Anderson

It’s live!  One of the most incredible moments of my life! See a great video produced by Microsoft about Fustino Brothers’  endorsed app, Jethro Tull. Most importantly,  see footage of your truly, Russ Fustino,  showing the app to rock legend, Grammy award winner, Ian Anderson in person!

BLOG: http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/12/07/jethro-tull-superfan-builds-app-with-windows-app-studio/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wpdev/posts/10153303992242923

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/wpdev/status/542071103225491456

It’s about a three minute clip and in the first minute you will see background and some cool 3 brother fan shots. In the middle, I go into how I used App Studio to build the app and it ends with the best part of showing Ian Anderson the app. It was filmed in Lynn Mass on Nov 1, 2014 at a concert where he performed the Best of Jethro Tull and his new CD Homo Erraticus . Check out his comment about Jimmy Page! Also, check out the surface pro in the closing credits, firing up the Jethro Tull app. So cool! The video team that Microsoft hired did an incredible job. Enjoy!

The Jethro Tull is endorsed and published to Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Here is the link to the channel9 video itself:



Happy Holidays!

What do Tom Hanks and Xamarin have in common?

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


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!


Screen shot from the new Hanx app just released today!


Jonathan Peppers, Senior Application developer.

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

South Florida Xamarin User Group

The Best of Xamarin University

TechNite in Miami

Networking Event

Tampa Xamarin UG

The Best of Xamarin University

Tallahassee .NET UG


Jacksonville, Code Impact


Portland, Maine, Casco Bay .NET Users Group

Vermont Code Camp

Space Coast UG

Topic TBD

10/6 thru 10/10
Evolve – Atlanta

Topic: TBD

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!)


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?


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


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

Download Xamarin today at www.xamarin.com

Follow my new Twitter @RussFustino

and follow @XamarinHQ

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.



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!


Jethro Tull Endorses Apps Built by Fustino Brothers, Inc.

Caption: May 2014 – Fustino Brother’s (Gary left, Russ right) shown supporting plaque from the September 2012 Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater FL with Rich (holding passes) celebrating apps endorsement. The three Fustino Brothers indicated- “It was an honor to be back stage for the meet ‘n’ greet (Anderson holding cup), and that was the spark.”


Jethro Tull Endorses Apps Built by Fustino Brothers, Inc.
Release Date: 5/5/2014

TAMPA, FL – May 5, 2014 – Fustino Brothers, Inc, (FBI) a new startup App Building company, today announced their first “rock star legend” business agreement. FBI has gained endorsement status on Windows Phone Jethro Tull App and future cross-platform Jethro Tull Apps with permission to utilize Tull assets. Jethro Tull was one of the top 5 touring acts of the 1970′s and the favorite band of the Fustino Brothers. Continued next page…


…Fustino Brothers- Tull Apps Press Release Continued.

The Brothers have a deep passion and appreciation for Ian Anderson’s music, performances and genius. This includes the Jethro Tull band music and especially Ian Anderson’s solo works with approximately 50 CDs published spanning 6 decades. Also, Ian Anderson released a brand new CD in April 2014, Homo Erraticus. Ian’s band has just started a two year tour performing the new CD and the best of Jethro Tull. Get the free FBI App, to see the tour dates near you along with videos, photos and music information at your fingertips. Go to: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/tull-tribute/4b28de49-ca75-4b8f-9a95-403c9db5bad6

Russ Fustino (Russ’ Toolshed Network – New Port Richey FL) FBI’s President and CEO, a Microsoft MVP in client development, says, “We would love nothing more than to have Jethro Tull, in the pocket of fans worldwide, young and old. Tull has provided much entertainment in our family and this is our way of saying Thank You.”

Rich Fustino, FBI’s Chief Audio Engineer, founder of Steele Productions, teacher of 47+ years at Matt’s Music (Tonawanda NY) and Crossroads Music Center (Williamsville NY) says, “I was turned on to Tull listening to their 3rd album Benefit. I could not stop playing it, and then turned my brothers on to it. We all attended the Aqualung Tour as our first concert together. I am so happy to help ‘benefit’ Tull fans worldwide.”

Gary Fustino, FBI’s VP, an ambassador for both the Tampa Bay’s St. Pete Chamber and Midstate Chamber of Connecticut, eServices Director for Bluffs Business Association, dba: Design For Communication and founder of InBusinessLinks Network – says “The key to our success is to generate apps in the shortest period of time while yielding high quality standards. Tull’s fabulous album art and music have been a creative inspiration.”

In making this agreement happen, the Fustino Brothers were assisted by the outstanding efforts of their family lawyer Houston Putnam Lowry, F.C.I. ARB of Brown & Welsh. P.C. in CT. Houston was successful in guiding them through international legalize necessary to bridge the pond between America and Great Britian.

Fustino Brothers, Inc is an app generation company. FBI apps are entertaining educational apps for the Windows Phone Marketplace and Windows 8 Store. Additional platforms include Android and Apple iOS. FBI has a unique app engine architecture, creating data driven apps. FBI utilizes this engine by pulling in designer fonts, graphics, music, and video as well as instrumentation and globalization. FBI is only just starting to plan an experience of a lifetime!

Follow @FustinoBrothers on Twitter to stay ‘in tune’ with FBI announcements regarding Tull and please like FBI Facebook Page,

Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson names, logos, likeness, and music are registered and copyrighted by Ian Anderson Group of Companies, LTD.


Session on Blogging tools, online meeting today!


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Activity Announcement

Topic for Discussion:

“Like” Social Media Part 2, as Easy as Using “Word”

by Russ and Gary Fustino


Live Meeting/Conference Call

Monday, April 14, 2014

12:00 PM, Noon

Live Interactive Meeting with Screen Sharing…



The Online Meeting/Call Originates from Design For Communication at 12:01PM

(with Round Table Introductions) to:

— Introduce YOUR Products/Services

— Tell Us What’s New

— Featured Business Highlights




At Your Facility (Computer’s Desktop/Tablet), or Private/Remote Location with Just a Smartphone


Coordinated by:

Online Screen Meeting/Audio Conference Call

Design For Communication

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, at 12:01PM

- 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.