Enhance Your Xamarin.Forms Apps with Telerik Charts!

You can have your cake and eat it too – that’s the promise of Xamarin.Forms by letting you write C# towards making native cross-platform mobile apps. All the while, you can stay in your favorite code editor, reuse libraries and share code (business logic + UI) between apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

If you are displaying data in your cross-platform Xamarin.Forms app, you can improve your app with some awesome charts using Telerik UI for Xamarin. Telerik charts give you everything you expect out-of-the-box – a huge variety of modern charts, superb performance, mobile-specific rendering, easy data bindings and full touch interactivity. This article walks you through how to combine Xamarin.Forms and Telerik Charts to make great cross-platform mobile apps. Let’s jump in.

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.



Kendo UI MVC Scaffolding Vs. Unrealistic Deadlines

You have deadlines and deliverables. Your boss does not understand the intricate complexities of the ASP.NET MVC web application you are building. You get asked for a quick display of a custom data on web pages, and heck, they even want data editing options. And all this should be done by the end of the day Friday!

You have always loved Kendo UI-powered UI web widgets, but you know it takes time to build the bridge between your custom data objects and actually displaying it via the MVC controllers. Supporting CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations on the data all the way back to your repositories is a whole other issue.

Relax. Allow Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC to help. With the new developer-friendly MVC scaffolding, it is drop-dead easy to hook up your custom data to MVC UI controls and even support CRUD operations out of the box. Yes, you can deliver by Friday and get out to enjoy summer this next weekend. Let this article show you how!

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.


Web Menus for the Modern Touch World

Think the web you make can handle touch? Lack of hover making you lose sleep? Web menus not being adaptive when viewed on mobile devices? Yeah, we developers have all been there and I documented few of my tricks. Check out my article on the Telerik Developer Network, along with a host of other awesome topics from my Telerik Developer Advocate colleagues.

Write-up, sample code & demos over HERE @ the Telerik Dev Network.

Thanks for reading. Adios!


New Day .. New Role @ Telerik!

April 2013. After years of being a consultant and having seen some of the best/worst that enterprise software development entails, it was time to see how’s life in a product company. And having already used/advocated Telerik products for years, I didn’t have to look around much either. Thus started work as a Senior Technical Trainer for the Telerik Services team. Now, trainer is an interesting word. If you already develop cool software, like to play with & talk about new technologies, and have a big involvement in the developer community, you’ll be surprised how easy training comes to you. It’s no more than dev to dev straight talk! Now, don’t get me wrong – training is plenty challenging. If you’re teaching a group of 30 enterprise developers for a week, you better know your stuff inside out, for the utter fear of humiliation. Prep, practice & repeat, no shortcuts! The past year has been a lot of fun – I travelled & stayed at home; did offsite, onsite & remote training on a whole slew of Telerik products suites. It’s always great to see what clients are actually building with your dev tools; and you grow with every new experience. But all good things come to an end .. I’m starting in a new role inside Telerik today!

Now, I can’t move on without mentioning what’s been the biggest influence on me for the past year. Steve & Michelle Smith, and the whole Telerik Services gang (ex-NimblePros) at the Hudson office. I’ve worked with many dev teams before, but no where else have I seen so many software craftsmen under one roof. Folks like Steve, Brendan, Jimmy, Kevin, Todd, Jeff, Chris, Craig, Weston, Caitlin, JoLene, Molly and others – are just crazy smart; and I’ve learnt a lot from each. Not only are they some of the best developers/designers I’ve seen around, but the whole team is like a family that values each other. Cheers to everyone at the Hudson office; it has truely been a pleasure!

Now, on to what’s next. When you find a position that’s a perfect fit, but challenges you with new work – you dive in. Starting today, I’m a Developer Advocate for Telerik in the Developer Relations team, lead by the awesome Rey Bango. My partners in crime? Glad you asked – how about a team with Michael Crump, Jeff Fritz, Burke Holland, John Bristowe, TJ Vantoll, Brian Rinaldi, Jim CowartDhananjay Kumar, Lohith Nagaraj & other super smart folks. Humbling for sure with the kind of reputation each have in our community, but exciting because we’ll get to do awesome stuff together!

Is .NET/Microsoft and Telerik DevTools your bread & butter? Do Windows apps excite you or the ubiquitousness of the web? Have you embraced JavaScript as the assembly language of the web? And off course, you are into all things mobile & the cloud/backend services. And cross-platform development isn’t for the cool kids any more; you cannot afford to not reach every potential user across any technology stack. Just like you my polyglot friend, I love it all! Let’s bridge the gap between the enterprise & hipster world. Using or considering Telerik products? Hit me up & let’s talk.


Joining Telerik …

It was the day before Christmas 2007. My then girlfriend & I packed up all belongings of my single life in a U-Haul and headed out for the long drive down from Minneapolis. Destination? – Columbus OH! After making the airlines plenty rich by flying between the cities, it was time for me to relocate to Ohio.

And so began a new chapter in the very happening Columbus. I joined Sogeti USA as a Consultant in January 2008 and embarked on a 5+ year journey. I must have been a complete tech newbie at the time; so I soaked it all in, delivering work on Microsoft technology stack to various clients around town. We got married & settled down, and my career grew inside Sogeti. The expectation of consultants to always be on top of the technology curve is a major enticement to stay cutting edge; learn like there is no tomorrow. And the experience one earns by architecting software solutions for clients across variety of industries and with varying levels of IT maturity – is priceless, in the life of a software craftsman.

My biggest gain in Columbus however, was the developer community involvement. Starting out with User Group participations, I soon found a group of like-minded developers to fall back on for networking & continuous learning. Along came the passion for speaking and the travelling to regional software developer conferences; the depth and breadth of knowledge to be gained from fellow developers from varied backgrounds is extraordinary. Even now, as we run User Groups or organize big conferences with relative ease, the committment of the developer community in Columbus amazes me. This is the reason why, even after moving out to PA last year for wife’s job, I am still involved with the developer community in OH and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

The two last years in Sogeti have been super interesting. We created a national group focused on MSFT Mobility, in particular app development for Windows Phone & Windows 8 platforms. I had the pleasure of leading the group, and in the process, got to work with some of the sharpest developers/designers I have known; together we churned out many internal/LOB/B2C apps with a whole lot more in the works this year. And while I am reminiscing, let me be open to mention my present client – Safelite Autoglass. This is possibly the best MSFT-tech based shop I have worked at, with a superb understanding manager and a genuinely awesome team of developers. I have learnt much and had a whole lot fun. Relaxed environment with cutting-edge work – isn’t that what we all seek?

But as they say, change is what is continuous. My alternate weeks of travel from PA is taking a toll and I lose precious time on the road every week. And as fun as it is to be in consulting, the desire for solutions work often means piling on more on our already-full work plates. I have often desired to work for a pure software products company to have a taste of what it is like on the other side, and some developments recently may have clicked to provide that opportunity. Sadly, that means it is the end of the road for me in Sogeti after 5+ years. There is no love lost and I step out with cautiousness. I wish my talented colleagues at Sogeti all the very best, specially in the mobility front. If our hectic transitioning is any indication, excellent leadership will ensure our continued success.

Now, that brings us to the next chapter in my life. I am very very excited to join the Telerik team next week. My long term adoration of Telerik as a company, its excellent control suites and unwavering support for the developer community provided the zeal when an opportunity opened up in the Hudson OH based Services division. Several interviews and a day spent with the energetic Telerik team made me firmly believe that this was a great fit. Thankfully, folks at the helm agreed – the simply excellent Steve Smith & Michelle Smith. My immediate partner in crime – the distinguished Chris Woodruff. Actually I owe a huge thank you to Woody for making the connections, starting way back in Codemash this year. Networking and putting in your dues in our software community truly pays dividends.

My immediate goals – focus on enterprise/developer training & evangelism for the Devtools division; but in time, I am sure we will end up touching just about everything in the Telerik stack. My passion for the XAML stack should come handy with Telerik’s generous offerings in the DevCraft space; but I am eager to dip my feet into other technology areas like cross-platform mobile, CMS, productivity & testing. My developer community involvement gets added boost; just might be more easy to spot in bright green Telerik shirts at conferences. In short, I am super excited to start working in a position that demands passion for latest technology and join the impressive Telerik team studded with rockstars. Using or considering Telerik products and have questions? – let’s bring it on.

Cheers everyone!