Mike Grant - page 2 of 2


  • Using Lottie for incredible animations in Xamarin.Forms

    Lottie is an extensive animation library made by AirBnB, giving you easy access to add animations to any native platform, applications or web. It simplifies the process for designers implementing their designs within a mobile application.

  • OpenFaaS and Docker BuildX

    I’ve been playing a lot with OpenFaaS lately, but one of the things that’s been annoying me about it is how slow it is to build the images on my Raspberry Pi

  • Handling Network Connectivity in Xamarin Forms

    It’s important to plan for mobile applications to be used when there is either poor mobile data / WiFi or none at all. Mobile apps will be used in a wide variety of locations where mobile data can be an issue .e.g rural areas or trains where one second you can have full 4G, and 30 seconds later have no signal at all. Handling these scenarios will greatly improve the usability of our app and hopefully lead to happier users.

  • Dockerising development tools

    As a developer I’ve built up a set of tools that we depend on to get shit done, and use them across multiple machines. I use a variety of tools both personally and professional spanning multiple languages. I then complicate it by using these tools across 4 different devices. I’ve got a work laptop (Lenovo P52), and my Surface Pro 4, Raspberry Pi 4 (Using as a desktop machine) and my Asus cloudbook (running Ubuntu). It’s handy to be able to use the same version of these tools and only have to update them once, without having to remember to update each machine. This gives me consistent features no matter which device I’m currently working on.

  • MP website analysis

    Given that websites are a useful way for MPs to brand themselves, as well as giving their constiuents an easy way to either stay up to date or get in touch with them, I thought it would be interesting to look at what kind of website platforms MPs are using.

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