About the Author
Jeff Hopper

Jeff Hopper

Jeff Hopper is a Keyhole Software Consultant with 17+ years of experience in IT. With particular expertise in .NET and web technologies, Jeff has been recently developing single page and mobile applications with JavaScript and AngularJS.

Getting Started with Xamarin.Forms and Azure Mobile App Service

Jeff Hopper .NET, Azure, Mobile, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial, Xamarin 1 Comment

Earlier this month my friend Ryan introduced us to Getting Started with Xamarin Forms and Prism. In that post, Ryan started a mobile application to display blog posts which he called SimpleBlog.

In this article, I would like to continue that demonstration by adding a back-end server to persist and share these blogs. This will be accomplished using Azure’s Mobile App Service which falls within its free tier services.

Yes, you did read that right: you can spin up an Azure account and have access to try out many of Azure’s features. For instance, the example I am going to walk you through today can be hosted indefinitely without costing you anything, and to that, you could add nine more web, mobile, or API services. See https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/ for more information.

There is no way I am going to be able to cover all the possibilities available in an Azure Mobile App service, much less what Azure has to offer. My intent in this post is to help “whet your appetite” on the possibilities by giving a quick overview of just two great frameworks that play great together: the Microsoft.Azure.Mobile.Client mobile framework tied to an Azure Mobile Apps Service….

I’m Not Good Enough (Hope They Don’t Find Out)

Jeff Hopper Opinion, Programming, Soft Skills 4 Comments

Maybe it’s just me, or maybe, you have had thoughts like this too? I’m talking about the infamous “Impostor Syndrome” or “Fraud Syndrome.” It is defined as someone who is “marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’ despite external evidence of their competence.”

In this blog I will discuss three particular Mindset Shifts that I use when I find myself feeling “the impostor.” Let’s get started…

Microservices Plus Microsoft

Microservices in the Microsoft Enterprise

Jeff Hopper .NET, Azure, Service Fabric, Technology Snapshot Leave a Comment

Recently Keyhole wrote the white paper “Predicting The Future Of Development.” The white paper recommends enterprises move away from the Monolithic­-based architectures that “have been a common approach for the enterprise, where all application functionality is placed in a single deployable unit.” Instead the recommendation is to move towards Single-Page Applications and Microservices that “breaks up functionality into smaller runtime elements …