Judo participated at Xamarin Evolve this year in Orlando. Since Microsoft’s acquisition of Xamarin, this space has gotten hotter so we decided to be in the midst of the action and leverage the hard work we have done thus far on this platform. Below I interview Janice and Luke, who represented judo at Evolve, to capture their thoughts from the event.
What did you think of the Keynote?
Luke: I really enjoyed it, I think it just shows the strength of the platform that, even with Build a month earlier lifting the veil on a lot of .NET news and Xamarin’s big bombshell for the year, they had a lot to talk about. I liked Miguel’s presentation better but that’s just cause he got to hand out all the developer goodies.
Janice: I thought it was a really well structured delivered keynote, it set the tone for the rest of the conference, strengthened the case for cross-platform native development, and addressed the implications of the recent acquisition head on. The whole theme of end-to-end DevOps lifecycle management gave context and framed the new features announcement nicely. Also, the slides were beautiful, big kudos to their design team, I was mesmerised by the color palette!
This summer, I came across an opportunity to write my first SDK, so I leapt at it. As developers, there is something very appealing about writing software for use by other developers. It might be because of the sense of solidarity that you’ve made life easier for sisters/brothers in code, or the thrill of a backseat driver finally getting a chance at the wheel. That is until the realisation that the demographic you’re serving will also be the best equipped to critique your output, this is especially true when producing an open source repository.
So below are some lessons (some key, some trivial) that I learned while coding judo’s Xamarin SDK.