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SmartyPantsCoding.com

I've always been a coder at heart. Since I was a kid all I've wanted was to create cool things with computers - well, and play video games.

SmartyPantsCoding is my hub for all the apps and games I create and the home for my ramblings about a variety of topics and technologies.

@SmartyP

creations

Games

I like to write games that are simple and fun to play.

Word Scramble Little Books

The best word scramble game on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Unscramble thousands of jumbled words with simple touch gameplay to expand your vocabulary and word recognition.

Word Search Little Books

The best word search game on Android, Windows 8, and Kindle Fire. Intuitive gameplay, and interesting puzzle book topics.

Matchingo - A Memory Matching Game

A modern twist on the memory matching card game you played as a kid in full 3D with combo multipliers, explosions, and tons of customization options.

Hungry Castaway

Help our friendly castaway navigate the waves as he tries to survive another day on a deserted island.

Blackjack Metro

Enjoy this full featured blackjack game inspired by the Metro design system of Windows Phone.

Maze Racer

Race through over a dozen user submitted mazes to see how you stack up in this Samsung Galaxy Note exclusive.

  • Android [Retired]

Apps

I like to write apps that are innovative and utilitarian.

Line Diet

The simplest app for keeping track of your weight loss goals. Find out daily if you need to diet or can take it easy that day and still meet your long-term goals.

Imagewind

Watch an endless stream of images as they are posted to Instagram, Twitter, and Flickr. See what people are really doing on the social web.

  • iOS
  • Web (Silverlight) [Retired]
  • Windows Phone [Retired]
 

recent blog entries

Line Diet is Back - and Open Source!


Get it now, or check out the project on Github

Back in July of 2013 I released an app called Line Diet for iPhone written using Xamarin.iOS. A few years later an iOS update broke my custom implementation of entering a weight, so the app stopped working (as I had no time to fix it), and I pulled it from the App Store. Since then I've intended on re-releasing it (and even had a personal version with nearly complete Apple Watch support), but since this was more of a personal interest app, and not one that was generating revenue, it sat on the back-burner for the last year or two.

Today I'm happy to announce that not only is Line Diet back, but it is now available for both iOS and Android. On top of that, it is now an open source project on Github. It is written in C# and XAML using Xamarin.Forms, Prism, and OxyPlot. While the app is pretty straight forward, it has some pretty neat features as well (dynamic color theming, MVVM architecture, graphing, etc.). My hope is that it serves as a good sample app for folks looking to learn MVVM based mobile app development using C#, Xamarin.Forms, and Prism. It has plenty of potential extension points as well, so feel free to submit a pull request if you have interest in adding to the project.

You can find out more about Line Diet and find relative app store download links at LineDietApp.com.

Lessons Learned Customizing Xamarin.Forms Slide Deck

I was invited to speak at the Atlanta Xamarin Users Group this week, and I decided to share a bit about the Xamarin.Forms work I've been doing of late. Over the last 6 months or so I have worked on 4 different Xamarin.Forms projects. In the process I've been amazed at how powerful the technology stack is, and pretty well delighted with how it can be customized to brand apps. In this talk I covered the basics of evaluating between Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms and covered customizing Xamarin.Forms per platform in a variety of ways.

If you came to the meetup, thanks a bunch - I was excited to even learn something myself that night from another member. Also, big congrats to Xamarin for being acquired by Microsoft this week. I can remember Miguel De Icaza speaking on Mono (and even Unity) back in 2008 at PDC. To see how far both of those projects have come over the last 8 years is amazing, and I can't wait to see how Xamarin takes off from here.

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