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New Pluralsight Course – Working with Local Data in Xamarin.Forms!

I’m excited to announce that my latest Pluralsight course – Working with Local Data in Xamarin.Forms is now available! Here at DevSquared, we’ve been using Xamarin.Forms for years to create great mobile experiences for our customers, and I wanted to share some of the knowledge that I’ve gained about how to create the highest quality … Continued

Featured on the dev.Count Podcast!

Today I was excited to be featured on the podcast at devcount.com – a great website with resources for aspiring mobile app developers. I talked about some of the work I do as a professional app developer for DevSquared, along with teaching and being a Pluralsight author. Big thanks to Geoffrey at dev.Count for having … Continued

Creating Your Own Private NPM Package in Azure DevOps

A few months back, I decided to put together an internal Vue UI kit that I could reuse for some of our client projects. We learned that we almost always used the same components with the same templating style, so it made sense to create our own package to keep it easy and reusable. We … Continued

We Don’t Write Unit Tests – Why (and How) Do We Start Now?

One of the most contentious and difficult topics in software development has to be the automated testing of code. This could be unit testing, integration testing, or end to end testing – there’s lots of different types. With near dogmatic levels of commitment to practices such as TDD, many disagreements about what is and what … Continued

Using the Vue CLI to add Vue.js to Existing ASP.Net Web Applications

Introduction In my recent blog post From Zero to Vue with ASP.NET Core Razor Pages in 10 Minutes, I showed how to quickly add Vue to a standalone razor page for a more dynamic/interactive experience. While this is great for either testing Vue out, or very simple/limited scenarios, what if you want to add more … Continued

Introducing SEK Dev Connect

Our second of two major computer science education initiatives launching this summer – SEK Dev Connect focuses on continuous education and networking opportunities for programming professionals in southeast Kansas. Over the past two years, we’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many companies and developers in the southeast Kansas (SEK) area. Additionally, … Continued

Why Computer Science Education in Rural Communities Matters

With rural areas struggling, computer science education may be a part of the answer for re-invigorating our communities. At DevSquared, we want to be a leader in the region for these initiatives. Small town America is struggling. 73% of rural counties have more people move out than stay in[1], with an exodus of young people … Continued

From Zero to Vue with ASP.NET Core Razor Pages in Ten Minutes

Why Vue and Razor Pages As someone coming from the ASP.Net backend world, I’ve slowly been learning to work with front end frameworks. Our front end framework of choice is Vue, and I think it’s very well structured, especially for beginners. We’ve done SPAs (Single Page Applications) using Vue for the front-end, and ASP.Net Core … Continued

New Pluralsight Course!

I’m always trying to push myself to grow as a person and as a developer. Last year, one way that I chose to do that was to join Pluralsight as a content author. Yesterday, my first course – Integrating Google Maps into Xamarin.Forms Apps went live. I’ve been a teacher at Pittsburg State University for … Continued

Error Handling Content vs API Routes in ASP.Net Core 2.1

When working with ASP.Net Core web projects, I’ve often run into the situation where a site has both content pages and more interactive front end components that work with back-end API routes. In situations like this, it’s most appropriate for the content routes to forward to some kind of friendly error page if an error … Continued