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Visual Studio Code: Use, Build, Improve

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An Open-Source Project

In a previous post, I mentioned that I plan to participate in an open-source project as part of my sabbatical activities. After looking at quite a few projects, I found one that I believe will give me the experience I want- which is to get firsthand understanding of software development work-flow and practices in an open-source project.

A Cross-Platform Code Editor

The project is Visual Studio Code. VS Code is a lightweight, cross-platform, coding editor that supports plug-ins. It’s not an IDE, although with the right plug-ins it can give you all the power of a modern IDE. It is very similar to Sublime Text or Atom. In fact, it is built on Electron, the same framework used by Atom.  (Electron is a  framework for building desktop apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.) (more…)

October 8, 2016 at 6:01 am Leave a comment

Is It possible to run a 100% Remote Team?

At QCon 2015, in SanFrancisco, Jeremy Edberg gave a presentation on remote teams. In this post I will summarize what he said about the pitfalls they’ve run into at his company, the parts that are working well, and a summary of their research talking to other fully or partially remote teams. (more…)

October 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

The Google Play Services APIs for Android

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Why Use the Google Play Services APIs?

Google Play Services (also known as Google APIs for Android) and abbreviated GPS, is a set of APIs that are delivered in the form of an app that can be updated via the Google Play Store. The reason Google provides these APIs this way is to reduce fragmentation of the Android platform. Fragmentation is a result of many different versions of Android running on devices out in the wild. (more…)

May 27, 2016 at 10:05 am 1 comment

How to Enable Developer Mode on an Android Device

If you are developing Android apps, you will want to test them on an actual device. In order to do this you need to enable Developer Mode on your phone or tablet. Here are the steps to do this:

  1. Open settings
  2. Go to About Phone or (About Tablet)
  3. Scroll down to Build Number and click on it 7 times
    (Yes, that sounds strange, but that’s what you do.)
  4. Now go back up to your settings list and you will see that Developer Options has been enabled.

I’ve attached a video so you can see how this is done.

October 2, 2014 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Xamarin Android course

Xamarin Certified

Certified in 2014

Free Guest Access!
I’ve added free guest access to the first two weeks of my course here: CS235AM Moodle Course. You can log in using the “Guest” button without being enrolled as a student at the college. If you like what you see, you can enroll as a student at Lane Community College, then contact me so I can clear you to register for CRN 33368. The class starts January 8, 2018, but you can register later after cheking out the first week or two.

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September 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm 1 comment

Join me in studying for MCTS exam 70-536

I just got the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): .NET FRAMEWORK 2.0 Application Development  Foundation in the mail yesterday. I finished lesson 1 in chapter 1 and posted my notes and VB examples on this page: Types in the .NET Framework – Part 1: Value Types.

As I complete each lesson, I’ll add a link to my notes on this page: Exam 70-536: Application Development Foundation – Study Topics. Note that my lesson notes will be on pages, not posts. I’ll only post to let you know when I start  a new chapter.

I hope some of you will join me and add comments to the lesson pages. Whether you are studying for the MCTS or MCPD, it will be easier and more fun if we take the journey to certification together!

August 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm 5 comments

Study Topics for Microsoft Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation

This list of topics was taken from a page on the Microsoft Learning web site, Preparation Guide for Exam 70-536
TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation,
from the section: “Skills Measured in Exam 70-536”. I’ve just reformatted the information to make it easier to read (IMHO).  This exam is required for both the MCPD and MCTS certifications.

This looks like a huge amount of material to cover in a test. I wonder if the test really covers all of this material, or just a sampling of it? Does anyone who has taken the test have some insight into this? (I’m not looking for shortcuts to studying for the exam, I’m just curious!) (more…)

August 10, 2007 at 3:48 am 1 comment

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