Line spacing label in Xamarin Forms

One of the limitations of the Label control in Xamarin Forms is that it's missing a line spacing property. On one of our most recent Forms projects we needed to specify differing line spacing on some labels so I've put together a few code samples to save you time on...
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Uploading your iOS DYSM to Xamarin Insights using grunt

I recently wrote a blog article about building and uploading Xamarin forms builds to Hockey app using grunt (see it here). Having recently started using Xamarin Insights in a number of projects I'm going to blog about uploading your iOS app's dysm using grunt. What's the DYSM and why do...
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Vector Image View in Xamarin Forms

We've just completed our first Xamarin Forms project here at The Technology Studio and I wanted to share some of the cool things we learnt/created along the way (so stay tuned!). One of the controls we needed for the project was a Vector Image view. The advantage of using...
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Frustrated user

You are not your users

Market research. Most people are familiar with the term these days and many people know what it means. It’s a technique businesses use to gauge demand for their products and services; it’s used to find out what customers need. The Oxford Dictionary describes it as: “Noun: The action...
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User Groups

7 Quick Tips to Create User Groups

Finding and networking with the right people is every business challenge. When I ran my own company 5 years ago, I spent time vigorously going to events twice a week and following up with people afterwards. Sometimes I loved it and sometimes I hated it, but we were getting business...
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Building and Uploading a Xamarin Forms solution using Grunt

Project setup can sometimes be the most difficult task of a project, technical decisions have to be made, user stories have to be created in your issue management system, documentation has to be written and your continuous integration project has to be setup. When you're building a mobile app your...
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The Future of the JavaScript front-end framework

Are you suffering from JavaScript framework fatigue? Maybe you’re wondering if all the time and effort you’re putting into learning the latest and greatest is ever going to pay off, not only in terms of knowledge and experience, but also in real life — in your day job. In...
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Looking for developer ideally with web and / or mobile experience (located anywhere)

At The Technology Studio and our sister company Earthware, we don’t really do job specs; they are usually too boring and read like a shopping list. We want to hear directly from talented and passionate developers who may not exactly fit what (we think) we are looking for. This...
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Deploying your SPA to Azure with Gulp

This question keeps coming up from time to time, and while it may not always be the same front-end, this tutorial should at least get you going on the right path getting your build automated with Azure. Who knows, it may work for you - hopefully it does! OK, so...
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Check out our new Device Lab!

It was September last year when I first heard about Open Device Lab at the TestHuddle Eurostar webinar. It sounded like a really great idea because as a tester I spent hours charging devices, setting up networks, taking screenshots etc. Why not have all the devices stored in one place,...
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Meet the Newbies!

They’ve been with us for over a month, but we haven’t taken the time to introduce them to you. Better late than never, meet Georgina Wardell and John Day. Georgina Wardell Account Manager – The Technology Studio Georgina Wardell joins The Technology Studio and brings to the team 6...
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Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch is all about user tasks

I recently gained some first-hand experience of how Apple Watch is going to work at SyncTheCity which took place in Norwich between the 20th and 22nd November. My team's (better known as 'Team Awesome') pitch was to design an app for the sports edition of Apple’s upcoming smartwatch. The...
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#SyncTheCity - Norwich's first 54 hour 'Not-Hackathon'

With it being a week and a half since the event, I thought it was about time I actually wrote about SyncTheCity! For those that don't know, it was an event joint hosted by the University of East Anglia and SyncNorwich, in which a startup is formed and a product...
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Fly-through effect iOS View Controller transitions with Xamarin

A recent project I worked on involved creating a showcase iPad app that would impress users with creative animations and transitions between screens. We were inspired by Callum Boddy’s Twitter-style splash view. We wanted to achieve a similar effect in our own app: tapping on a button would trigger...
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Razor Views in Xamarin

The Razor View Engine is not a new thing. Having been released in 2011, it has been a core feature in many a developer's toolbox, as it is more flexible than using the .ASPX markup, as well as having that all important feature no developer can live without: Intellisense. It...
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Mobile Testing: Top Things Checklist

Mobile testing may look similar to browser testing but in reality it differs in more than one way. Estimation of mobile testing can become quite complex as each website / app tends to behave differently. Here are a list of things that you should look out for. Usability The audience wants...
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Mobile Testing Tools

Mobile Testing: Tools to make it easy

Thorough testing requires you to test on a mix of devices and software and the possible combinations of these are almost endless. Add to this the idea that although automated testing tools are great for desktop website, when it comes to testing mobile devices a manual / ad hoc approach is...
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Mobile Testing: Why test and how to decide what to test?

Have you been assigned the task to test your website / app on ‘all’ mobile devices (i.e. phones and tablets), but you don’t know where to start? Then this and the following two posts will be perfect for you! Why would you want to test on mobile devices? It...
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TestExpo

Our view on TestExpo 2014, London

On Tuesday (Oct 21st) Sogeti UK and Unicom ran a really successful and well attended TextExpo 2014 at the Hotel Russell, London. The event attracted sponsorship and speakers from a number of specialist testing companies from around the UK as well as overseas which gave the day a good feel...
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Mobile Devices

Our first impression of Xamarin Test Cloud

Testing for mobile is a minefield. You can be targeting multiple frameworks and then multiple devices within any one of these frameworks. You have the extra variability contributed by the technologies you choose to write your app. For Android alone, there has been considerable device fragmentation. Some reports suggest that...
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Google Glass continued..

Normally, writing the exact same program twice would be discouraged by management, for obvious reasons. Not so at The Technology Studio, where having written an app for Google Glass using the native Android tools, I was instructed to write the same app in C#, still to be run on Glass....
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Okay Glass, let’s get started

When you receive an email offering a summer of being paid to play with Google Glass, you eagerly accept. It was in awe that I first tried the Glass, knowing it was mine to toy with (insurance permitting). It took a little getting used to; I realised I had no...
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SyncHerts Launch event – sponsored by The Technology Studio

Yesterday SyncHerts held its launch event in the Business and Technology Centre Stevenage. Our vision is that SyncHerts becomes a thriving technology community and enables local business growth in Hertfordshire.  We were delighted by both the number of people who attended the inaugural event and also with the level of...
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The Technology Studio Comment on Microsoft Surface for Pf Magazine!

The Technology Studio director Chris Finch was recently approached by leading healthcare publication Pharmaceutical Field to comment on the launch of the Microsoft Surface. Available to read in this month’s copy of the magazine, Chris’ article outlines how, in his opinion, the Microsoft Surface could have a huge impact...
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Welcome Bunny - what's your view?

Here at The Technology Studio we like to play around with new technology, and imagine how it can be applied to make life easier, faster or more fun.  However... we have recently developed something that has split the team. Imagine this; when a client (or anyone else) visits your office,...
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Building an Html and JavaScript Based Windows 8 Metro Application

My name is Mark, I am 23 and I am the latest developer at The Technology Studio. This blog post aims to give you a basic understanding of the development of metro style applications using Microsoft's new JavaScript and html framework. The main advantages of using the framework are immediately...
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More awards for GoLearnTo!

We are delighted that the website we’ve been involved in developing for the past 5 years GoLearnTo.com continues to go from strength to strength and this year has been nominated for no less than 3 British Travel Awards. The categories are: 1) Online tour operator of the year...
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How does the current Life Sciences digital marketing landscape look?

  As we engage in more and more projects in the healthcare sector we are constantly keeping an eye on the way the digital marketing landscape develops. Of course, many of our clients operate in other sectors (and for many of them online is their main marketing channel), so it...
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Gadgets and Gizmos blogs about Pufferfish and the Eye of Sauron

Thanks to Richard Sharp at Gadgets and Gizmos who wrote a great blog article about us being at The Gadget Show Live. He wrote … “Neil from Earthware admitted that the ‘Eye’ is really just a party piece and not what the puffersphere was built for. It’s actually a high...
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A boy's own guide to building a giant creepy eyeball that follows you round the room

You will need: 1 x PC (which I assume you already have) 1 x Microsoft Kinect (about £120) 1 x Puffersphere (worth quite a lot, but you can hire them from Pufferfish) Total cost: more than a few week’s pocket money… There was a lot of excitement in the...
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GoLearnTo website design gets an update

The award winning GoLearnTo website has had a design update recently and we think it looks great – even if we do say so ourselves! After some market research GoLearnTo decided that their website needed to be more focused on their target demographic. In addition they wanted to widen the site...
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New Bizspace site proves that getting SEO, usability and a professional design working together is what counts

We were recently approached by Bizspace to completely redesign (in their words!) their old, tired and basic website! Their previous site was falling well below par on all three of the most important things that a website needs to get right… SEO (Search engine optimisation) Unfortunately the site was built...
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Windows Phone 7-Shake It Like You Mean It!

Shake Gesture Library Now Available   When developing applications for Windows Phone 7 you have access to vast amounts of information about the device through its sensors. One of these is the accelerometer  which can give you information on where the device is moving within 3D space, this can...
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Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit–February 2011

A refresh to the Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone was released a few days ago which contained along with a few bug fixes some cool new features: TiltEffect Gives you the ability use an attached property to apply a cool tilt animation to most UI Elements. PerformanceProgressBar A highly performant...
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Pharmaceutical Humour ?!?

As I am sure you will be aware from our site we have lots of friends and clients in the pharmaceutical industry and one of our best friends (who will remain nameless to protect the guilty) sent this joke through this morning. Here’s the joke …. The British Medical Association...
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13 questions for a better website

Our solution to a common problem for Web Developers At The Technology Studio we have lost count of the number of times we’ve been approached by potential clients with a brief that consists of nothing more than “we need a website – how much will it cost”! Even the better...
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Creating Striking Mapping Applications On Windows Phone 7 Using Bing Maps and CloudMade

After presenting at the Bing Maps User Group recently in which i discussed how to implement a custom mapping tile layer using the Deep Earth Silverlight control (http://deepearth.codeplex.com) and the Cloudmade mapping service (http://www.cloudmade.com) I began thinking about using this method to create a...
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Commercial Property - Using Prezi to present our credentials

As we have previously mentioned (throughout our site) is that we know a bit about commercial property in the UK.  With NovaLoca being one of our websites and having grown from being nothing to the second biggest commercial property search engine in the UK with nearly 100,000 visitors...
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Uncharted Territory

A recent ASP MVC 3 project has required us to create some simple charts. As it’s a .NET 4 project we hoped to use the lovely new charting controls provided by Microsoft. You can read all about them in Scott Guthrie’s blog here and as you can see...
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Why Usability Matters

At The Technology Studio we believe that usability is one of the most important elements to any technology development . Why? Consumers are lazy, impatient and time pressured so if they can’t instantly figure out how to do what they want to do on your site they will leave. Despite...
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Windows Phone 7 And IPhone - Sharing Code

A Match Made In C#   I got very exited when i began learning Objective-c, the prospect of being able to write native IPhone apps was very attractive to me. I don’t know why i got exited but like a large proportion of developers (based on the 200k + apps...
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30 free iPad applications

As The Technology Studio launch into developing iphone and ipad applications I was recently given an iPad to play with. I made a point of trying to find good applications that are free. Here is a set of micro reviews complied for your pleasure. Out of the 30 applications one...
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Travel Innovator GoLearnTo continues to be recognized for leading the way in online marketing

We love sharing the success stories of our clients who partner with us to create fantastic solutions that are recognized throughout their industry. In the case of travel website GoLearnTo.com, the accolades just keep on coming with no less than four awards and nominations in the past month which...
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TheTechnologyStudio team attend Microsoft WebCamps London

  For many the decision to attend the Microsoft organised two day event was a trivial one, the chance to learn the most up to date web technologies available in the Microsoft stack for FREE is not something to be sniffed at. I on the other hand had some concerns....
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Keyword Density Tool - helping our clients improve their SEO

At The Technology Studio we don’t believe the work of creating a successful website that makes the most of digital marketing opportunities finishes when you sign off the delivered specification – that’s just the beginning.  We also don’t believe that you can outsource SEO to the next muppet...
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Who Leads the List for Commercial Property Websites: All Parts

Since publishing our series of blog articles about which commercial property websites are leading the way, we have had a number of requests asking to have all the articles in one place. We have now created a pdf file containing all the analysis and comment for you to download: Who...
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Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 5: Methodology

(Part 5/5) Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 1: Website Grader’ Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 2: Google Page Rank and Inbound Links’ Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the...
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Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 4: The Top 100

(Part 4/5) Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 1: Website Grader’ Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 2: Google Page Rank and Inbound Links’ Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the...
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Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 3: Site Traffic

(Part 3/5) Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 1: Website Grader’ Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 2: Google Page Rank and Inbound Links’ In the previous parts of this blog series we looked at...
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Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 2: Google Page Rank and Inbound Links

(Part 2/5) Read ‘Who leads the pack for commercial property websites in the UK? Part 1: Website Grader’ In the previous part of this blog series we looked at the marketing effectiveness ratings of UK commercial property websites according to WebsiteGrader.com. In this part we will be looking...
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