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Roger O'Dell Android, Xamarin, UWP & Other technologies

I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Roger O'Dell Jr. My development training is in .NET, but my current job requires me to work with Java and Android. I have been doing mobile development now for almost a year. And what a year it has been.

I had the opportunity to go to a Microsoft Conference in Overland Park, KS last year. While I was there, I was one of the lucky few who was introduced to Windows Phone 7. Coming from an ASP.NET background, I found the new Windows Phone to be very fascinating. I was more of an Android guy at the time, and I still carry an Android Phone now. Later in the year, I began working for my current employer and this being my first official development position, I went in eager and hungry for code.

I had studied Java about 10 years ago, so I figured my C# skills would be enough to get me through the beginning as within about a week of working this new position, I was given my first Android application to build. It had been about 5 months since I wrote any code, so I just started a routine of drawing everything out on paper and going from there. I only knew briefly what Agile was or Scrum, mostly from user group meetings that I attended. My paper mockups are done, and I was ready to begin. I must have stared at the computer screen for about 30 min before I did anything. I felt as if everything I had ever studied about development had simply flushed away. Needless to say, I pushed thru it and about a month later, I finished my app and moved on.

What I am going to try to do with this blog is simply do some basic tutorials and things that I have picked up while learning Android. Now I know what you’re thinking, "Don't you know this is a .NET type blog site?" I haven't forgotten that, so I will also be doing the same tutorials and things in Windows Phone 7. This way you will be provided with different versions of the same basic idea. Now I am still a Junior Developer, so I will probably not do too many Advanced type ones here, but you never know what you find when you’re trying to get a mobile app to do what you want. I may occasionally talk about my experiences a well.

I also have a blog on my own website. I was originally going to do this exact thing, but I now might do a different type of blog there. I am a PC gamer so I may just take the time to do gaming blogs on that site. Feel free to visit it if you like. I will add it to my links section.

I also want to personally thank Jeff Julian from for allowing me a voice in the .net community.

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:48 PM | Back to top

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