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Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote - Part 1: Getting The Data

This is part one of the Building a Voice-Driven TV Remote series: Getting The Data Adding Search The Device API Some Basic Alexa Commands Adding a Listings Search Command When thinking recently about the types of things I wish I could control by voice in my house, one of the obvious answers was everything in my media center setup. I've had a Harmony One for over eight years now which has always done a great job…

Determining the Correct String for UIFont.FromName

We use a lot of different fonts throughout the different apps on our platform, and often it can be a little bit of a chore to figure out the correct string to feed to UIFont.FromName() in order to properly instantiate a font from the files. One approached I've used in the past is to throw some lines in my app's startup code like this: foreach (var family in UIFont.FamilyNames) foreach (var fontName in UIFont…

Driving Xamarin's Android Player from the Command Line

As part of our effort to automate taking screenshots, we also need the ability to spin up Android emulators via the command line. This all needs to run headless, so it's necessary to be able to spin up Android emulators from the command line. A quick look at my ps output showed this to be even simpler a task than I'd anticipated. To launch a new instance of the Android Player from the command line, all…

Generating App Screenshots Using Xamarin.UITest

With a white label app platform like ours at Olo, generating screenshots for every app we publish can be a real chore. It makes sense for us to use simulators/emulators to do this, given the large number of device sizes we need to generate for, so it's not something we can easily farm out to a non-engineer to do manually without them spending an obscene amount of time on it. If you haven't noticed already…