Say Hello to Windows Hello

Posted: December 29, 2016 in .NET, Mobile

You come across a killer app, but it needs another set of user credentials for you to remember for authentication. Could this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? Especially with the constant stories of widespread enterprise hacking that expose consumer data, something has to change, right?

Windows Hello offers easy biometric authentication integrated into Windows 10. Windows Hello promises seamless 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) using device and user biometrics, taking away much of the pain around managing user credentials. Has this been tried and failed in the past? Yes. But Windows Hello has a better shot at success with well-thought-out features and reusable authorization.

In this article, we’ll unpack Windows Hello to help you understand the specifics.

Full article over @ Telerik Developer Network.

.NET Developers – Love Thy Command Line

Posted: December 28, 2016 in .NET

For the last decade, Windows or .NET developers using Visual Studio have been shielded from the command line. Why do we need command line tools when just about everything needed for app development is right there in Visual Studio? Simply use the extensive IDE menu options or the right-click to access additional operations through the context menus. As a result, command line tooling has often been thought of as counter productive and meant for the über geeks.

But are rich IDEs making developers lazy? Why do we depend on having a UI to perform even the simplest of tasks? Do you keep hearing people boast of the power and flexibility of the command line? Or of features that you just cannot invoke from your IDE? Relax – the command line isn’t difficult to use. With a little practice, you can master the art and have a lot of power at your disposal.

The new .NET is lean, modular and cross-platform with a much lower barrier to entry. And since developers can now choose any IDE and OS of their choice, the commonality between Windows, OSX and Linux becomes the command line. Command line tooling for .NET works the same way on any platform.

This article distills down the most common and useful command line tooling for the new .NET. We’ll dispense with any cat pictures and funny memes and focus on just creating a straight up developer cheat sheet for .NET command line tooling.

Full article over at Telerik Developer Network.

The Era of Portable .NET

Posted: December 28, 2015 in .NET

The .NET framework has had quite the journey from conception until today. Yet, every iteration from .NET 1.0 to .NET 4.5, almost invariably required kittens to die, as you painstakingly upgraded your apps and the .NET runtimes. The challenge, in part, was because of the giant monolithic .NET framework that all your apps depended on.

All that changes moving forward.

The new .NET framework is modern, lean, modular and open source. No longer is .NET a system-wide installation – it is merely a folder. Instead of a huge underlying framework, you only pick and choose the pieces of the .NET framework that you need in your apps. And more importantly, you can package the required components of the .NET framework right alongside your app. We’re entering an age of app-runtime silos and ultimate portability.

This article shows you .NET’s portability with modern ASP.NET web applications.

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

Today, hard disk space, memory and internet speeds are cheap, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to write bloated software. Not surprisingly, software development tools tend to be the biggest offenders in this space – massive applications that eat up your disk space and hog system resources.

What can you do if you need to run resource-hungry developer tools all day? You could go buy faster, bulkier computers that can hopefully take the load. You’ll have to guard against constant computer cooling fan noise, but one advantage may be reduced heating bills in winter. You’ll need a bigger backpack too!

What developers really want is productivity everywhere. When you have super-thin lightweight computers like the MacBook or Surface Pro 4 that let you work from anywhere, isn’t it time to call out bloated software? Portability can be performant if software development tools cooperate. This article discusses some of our most-used development tools, comparing them against lightweight efficient counterparts.

I hereby declare an an all-out war against bloated developer tools – make them light or I’m switching!

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

NativeScript is a framework for building cross-platform native mobile apps, with JavaScript. The ability to build cross-platform truly native apps from a single code base of JavaScript/TypeScript, XML and CSS can be exciting. As we saw in Part 1 of this series, NativeScript has a lot for .NET developers: robust Visual Studio support throughout app life cycle; easy JavaScript abstractions over native APIs; and full TypeScript support for building business logic.

Perhaps you’re not convinced yet though, with your biggest concern being user interface (UI). Surely building an abstracted, cross-platform UI cannot be easy? Maybe your background is in XAML or other UI composition markups in .NET, and you are just used to a rich developer ecosystem of tooling. These are valid concerns, but relax.

NativeScript has your back when it comes to UI composition. It combines simple markup with an abstracted platform-specific rendering. If you’re used to the richness of XAML, I think you’ll feel right at home building native UIs with NativeScript. In this article, I’ll walk you through building a NativeScript UI from a .NET developer’s perspective – I think you’ll be excited by what we find.

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

NativeScript for .NET Developers

Posted: September 30, 2015 in .NET, Mobile

Contrary to what it may sound like, NativeScript is not a programming language – in fact, it simply uses languages you may already know: JavaScript, CSS and XML. NativeScript is a framework for building cross-platform truly native mobile apps with JavaScript!

There is no DOM, no cross-compilation and no hybrid mobile WebViewrendering. You have a single codebase of JavaScript, XML and CSS towards making a native app that runs cross-platform. NativeScript as a platform is open source, and offers free developer tooling via the Command Line Interface (CLI).

Now, it may sound like NativeScript is mostly catering to JavaScript developers – you know, those skinny jeans hipsters, so to speak. While you may respect non-Microsoft developers, perhaps you are not one of them. Maybe you are a .NET developer on the Microsoft stack and rather proud of it. If so, you’d have good reason – it is one of the richest possible developer ecosystems and with some of the best tooling available.

It turns out, NativeScript has lots and lots of appeal for .NET developers. You’re going to enjoy the possibilities. Let’s dive in.

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

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.

Adios!

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.

Adios!

Wearables are awesome and they are everywhere. Wearables are unique, fashionable, productive and always connected, helping us live a digitized lifestyle. But wearables can also be disruptive in the Mobile space. While developers are still grappling to go cross-platform with native or hybrid mobile apps, out come wearables from Apple, Microsoft and Google – each catering to their respective platform and each with its own development paradigm, in addition to unique UX guidelines.

If you are a fan of the Microsoft Band however, there is some reason to rejoice. Not only is the Band one of the few wearables that work cross-platform with any phone you own, it is also surprisingly easy to add custom data to your wrist as a Band application. All you need is a standard data endpoint and a little web skills if you want to get fancy. This article walks you through how to add web data to your Band through Web Tiles.

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

Most of us who consider ourselves to be technologists are actually quite content with present technology. We love your gadgets and are happy with the latest apps across web/mobile/desktop. Life is good, honestly.

Then, there are the outliers – folks who are just not happy with the present. They keep pushing the envelope and technology benefits the most. It’s only when we push ourselves to a change the present, does future start looking brighter.

But here’s the big problem with future – it’s not here yet. So, ideas and technology that may be commonplace in future, appear to be audacious and out of place at the moment. They can potentially be disruptive, yes, but that’s how we get to a better place. This article talks about a few bold ideas today that I believe have the potential to shape our future. Come on future – get here quickly!

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!