Hello All, so I goofed and we missed last week’s post. I actually was at the International Association of the Chief’s of Police conference. Which is always a whirlwind and crazy experience.
So that being said, down to business.
Build Great Xamarin Apps with App Center : As you probably know by now, I’m a big DevOps fan, and firm believer in its value. So this is a great description on how to use App Center to implement DevOps on your Xamarin Mobile Apps.
So I’m a big fan of the Witcher books, honestly for as much as I enjoy games like Dungeons and Dragons, I’m usually not a fan of fantasy fiction. Honestly in general I find most of the genre to be overly slow in its story telling, and I get bored. But one of the exceptions to that is the Witcher, which tells engaging and dynamic stories really quickly. Geralt is a great character who lives in a really fascinating world. So when I heard NetFlix was adapting it, I was hopeful but concerned. Well the trailer dropped, and I’m really excited, this looks great.
So as always I’m a big comic fan, and I’ve said before I’m a fan of the CW Arrowverse. For as much as DC movies are terrible, their TV shows are quite excellent. And the standout last year was Supergirl, it really tapped into what makes for the best Superman / Supergirl stories. The best stories are all based around problems that they can’t “super power their way out of”. Last season tackled real topics like trust of the media, xenophobia, racism, and others. This season is already moving towards tackling technology and its ability to change the way that we view reality and connect with each other.
So this week was a little crazy with family obligations, work travel, busy work schedules, etc. But overall it wasn’t bad kind of week. We are officially into full on October. Right now I’m busy prepping for our monthly game today which should be a lot of fun
The key to a data-driven culture: Timely insights : This is very top of mind for me, as there is this big movement away from Data warehouse architectures that function on a time delay. There is a big push by businesses to have data timely or not at all.
I’m a big comic fan, and Greg Rucka is one of my favorite writers. And StumpTown was one of his pet projects, and really the book plays out like Jessica Jones more for the real world. And I gotta say, I watched the pilot and was really impressed.
So this week was a lot of travel in the middle of the week, thanks to delays it took me 12 hours to get from Atlanta to Pennsylvania, which is absolute insanity. But I made it, and all is good at the end of the day.
The important part is that its almost Halloween, and my kids have literally started a full on countdown to Halloween. My daughter is obsessed and we kicked off the week with a visit to Spirit Halloween to see the “fun scary stuff” and has started playing the Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat.
So down to business:
So as I mentioned, this week was .NET Conf, and we got a bunch of cool announcements:
Announcing .net core 3.0 : Pretty exciting to see the new version of .net core finally get a GA release. Really excited to start building with it.
Xamarin Announcements at .net conf : So excited about this, Hot Reload, that’s amazing. Compiling in mobile is a very time consuming process and this is a huge timesaver.
ML.Net updates : A bunch of new updates that help with use of ML.Net to bring new functionality to your app. Specifically Feature engineering is pretty huge, and removes what I saw as a major limitation.
And finally the fun stuff, being a comic fan it should surprise no one that I’m a fan of the CW Arrowverse. I was skeptical in the beginning but Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl all turned out to be really amazing shows, and every year their crossover is something I look forward to. And this year they are adapting the “Crisis of Infinite Earths” storyline, and we will see a battle that affects the entire multi-verse. And I give the producers credit that they really reached out and are pulling in every DC property today or in the past. Including the TV show that started it all Smallville. So I’m very excited to see that Tom Welling and Erica Durance will be coming back as Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the crossover. Read more here.
As always to live up to our name, here’s a nerd topic for the links. I’m a big batman fan, always have been. I’m pretty sure my kids knew who Batman was long before they knew Big Bird. With that I’ve been enjoying the current comic run, with Tom King as the writer, and it is coming to an end and they announced the new writer, James Tynion IV, who is a great writer who wrote Batman Eternal, so I’ve very excited. To read more, look here.
Hello all, its another week. Been really busy as we are approaching the end of a quarter. Been doing a lot of code work this week on a project that has been delayed for too long. So really enjoying that.
Azure Media Services’ New AI Powered Innovation: Animated Character recognition is pretty awesome. Its one thing to be able to identify people but to identify animated characters is pretty awesome. Now for real specifics getting improvements in multilingual speech and context is pretty amazing.
So as I said last time I’m a bit of a gamer, and as this comic points to, I’m a well documented nerd. Lately I’ve found myself getting pulled back into tabletop gaming, specifically Dungeons and Dragons, and have a good game going (we play monthly, right now we’ve been done about 8 sessions). So as I get deeper into this, new things are announced all the time, and the new one is Unearthed Arcana, which is basically “Beta” content for the game for players to use.
The latest are two new sub classes Aberrant Mind sorcer, and Lurker of the Deep Warlock.
Welcome back everyone, for another weekly links post. The important note here is its fall, which means kids are in school, leaves are going to start turning and ….
So down to business:
Boot Performance with Compiled Bindings in Xamarin.Forms: I don’t get to do as much mobile development as I used to. But it still fascinates me how much Xamarin as a platform has grown. Compiled Bindings are pretty great. I don’t know that there’s much of a reason to code native anymore.
I’m a bit of a gamer, as he said to the surprise of no one. And its official that on September 5th, the new Gears of War 5 was available for Early Access period. The world wide release is September 10th. Very awesome. I always enjoyed Gears of War because it is one seriously intense game.