Archive for December, 2014

2014 in review by wordpress

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Anouncements

Sharing the report of this blog as a thanks to all who sport this digital online notepad…I hope to continue learning and sharing with all the communitie in 2015 Thank you all for all the network and support

“The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In the last days i had been studying and coming back to the Xamarin plataform. Xamarin is a platform that allow us to create real world apps for different OS in just one instance and using all you already know from C#.


As some of you know Xamarin as established a global partnership with Microsoft, and at the last connect Microsoft event was announced that:

  1. Xamarin Templates in Visual Studio 2015 – Xamarim support for the Visual Studio 2015 Preview release. We will have Xamarin templates that make it easier to discover and download Xamarin from within the IDE. And Microsoft is now including templates for building iOS and Android apps with Xamarin directly in Visual Studio 2015.
  2. Free Xamarin Starter Edition for Visual Studio Users –  Microsoft new free edition to Visual Studio—Visual Studio Community will support for extensions, which means it will be Xamarin compatible with from day one.
  3. Special offers for MSDN Subscribers – From a Xamarim source, Xamarim had worked with Microsoft to create a  20% discount for Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate MSDN subscribers to purchase Xamarin Business or Enterprise Editions, or world-class mobile development training with Xamarin University, available up to 60 days after the Visual Studio Purchase.

I really recommend to all Mobile developers or Windows platform developers to take a look in Xamarim framework, if you hadn’t yet, for the ones beginning to know Xamarim i recommend you the following slide deck introduction to xamarim by xamarim teams.

From a highte level architecture point of view we can define Xamarim using the next block layer model:


As you can see the bigger secret of Xamarin relies in the Mono version of .NET runtime. This 2 years old technology are so solid that gartner had recognice him as a development platform for mobile application in their Magic Quadrant.

In my opinion if we compare Xamrim with other platforms like appcelarator or phone gap, Xamarin as a more interesting integration and a real abstraction, in my benchmark this platform had proved also to generate more robust and efficient.

At the moment i am preparing some workshops of Xamarin and also creating a new fitness app that uses Xamarin as the development platform, so soon i will bring you a little more information about this interesting development technology.

To access to the product website go to i would recommend you also the following course

install Visual Studio 2013 for free if you are using it for non-production environment or for testing and as student, just download it directly from Microsoft website:…


This are awesome news for the development community, once visual studio is one-off the best developer companions programming tools. In the past we already had express editions, but this new visual studio brings a lot more than what you are used as free software consumer.

Q: Who can use Visual Studio Community?
A: Here’s how individual developers can use Visual Studio Community:
  • Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
Here’s how Visual Studio Community can be used in organizations:
  • An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.
  • For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1 Million US Dollars in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.

For more information, please refer to the Visual Studio Community 2013 License Terms and the Visual Studio Licensing Whitepaper.

Q: How does Visual Studio Community 2013 compare to other Visual Studio editions?
A: Visual Studio Community 2013 includes all the great functionality of Visual Studio Professional 2013, designed and optimized for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.

Q: How do I create a Visual Studio extension?
A: Millions of developers use Visual Studio extensions every day. Check out for more information on building on any of the Visual Studio development tools and services.

” source (Microsoft Visual Studio website on December 2014)

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