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Keep in control with test driven development

By on 13/07/2017

I think there’s an expression that fits pretty well to what I have to say…

What goes around, comes around!

One of my basic principles in development is the circle, that’s also where the name of my blog comes from. And I don’t say that this is something new that we…


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Opinions

Loving and hating Xamarin

By on 26/05/2017

Don’t get the wrong impression from the title, I really love Xamarin! And there are enough alternatives for cross- and hybrid-development to work with. I mean – it was and is my own decision to work with Xamarin. Mainly because I like the idea of a clean codebase with just…


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Implementations

Garden Management, Part 3 – Azure Blob Storage

By on 10/05/2017

This is the next step of the implementation of the sample application for Garden Management. In part one and two, we already solved the circles for

SQL database and an Azure WebApp including TableController for database access
MobileClient implementation with offline synchronization of the sql database

So, in this third…


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Garden management with Azure, Part 2

By on 13/04/2017

In the first part of the ‘Garden management’ application, we created the SQL database and the web service in Azure, using Microsoft’s Azure Mobile SDKs. The functionality consisted mainly in a http controller allowing CRUD operations on the gardens. And the database scheme management using Entity Framework. To ensure this works, we created…


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A little lecture from photography

By on 27/03/2017

Although it has nothing to do with my basic concept of my blog, I’d like to point out an analogy that occured to me in our recent travel. One of my hobbies, which I neglect a lot these days, is photography. But the last week, which we spent in…


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Garden management with Azure, Part 1

By on 02/03/2017

Microsoft offers with Azure and its SDKs a comfortable and fast way to create pretty nice applications

Cloud with SQL database, storage, authentification and notifications
Clients with offline data synchronisation
Life diagnostics and flexible scalability

When you follow the example implementations, it’s very easy to create an application that…


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Developing in small circles

By on 17/02/2017

Automatic testing is one of the most important ‘best practices’. But why? We all know that it’s an effort to write them, and more effort to maintain them. Fact is, they can help you writing high quality pieces of your system within a big stack.

Here’s an example stack:

[vc_single_image…


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Mobile app for garden beds and plantations

By on 13/02/2017

In short
This post describes the implementation of a cross platform mobile application with Xamarin that allows the display of different GardenBeds and the different plants on it (details). It’s meant to demonstrate a complete frontend implementation including testing and dependency injection. User input is not implemented, to keep the example…


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Introduction

By on 01/02/2017

Welcome fellow planters!

Planting? Growing? Is this guy crazy or does he just want attention? Hopefully none of those. Of course one thinks that developing software and growing plants have nothing to do with each other. Please lend me some minutes of your time and let me point out some…