Azure Functions and ServiceBus gotcha

Okay, so this might not be a gotcha, but I lost an hour early this morning trying to diagnose a problem with an Azure Function I'm writing. I'm using ServiceBus triggers and outputs to form a processing pipeline using the functions. One function reads the messages on a queue and then puts another message on … Continue reading Azure Functions and ServiceBus gotcha

Back to basics

Tempus Fugit. As a developer, one of the things that causes me to stress the most, is a simple lack of time. I have so many ideas (mostly useless) floating around in my head that I would like to turn into reality. I have three apps in the App Store, which I don’t really update. … Continue reading Back to basics

Import SaaS invoices into FreeAgent

One of the major pains when dealing with SaaS providers, is importing their invoices. We all know the drill: You log into your SaaS application You find their invoice section. You create a new bill in FreeAgent and copy/paste your way through the details and being sure to account for the various currencies! You download … Continue reading Import SaaS invoices into FreeAgent

Android Beacon Monitoring Woes

My new experimental app, Job Tracker, has been out in the wild with my beta tester for the past few days and, whilst the feedback has been good, the app is just not working as I expected. The main problem is that, after a random period of time, it stops picking up the beacons. This … Continue reading Android Beacon Monitoring Woes

Track your work. The iBeacon way (Van drivers only)

After a discussion with two of my brothers around the problems they face as mobile workers (electrician and mechanic), we got thinking about an app that might help them. After much experimentation with Android and the (awesome) Estimote beacons, I have developed a simple Tracking application yesterday. It's amazing what you can achieve when you … Continue reading Track your work. The iBeacon way (Van drivers only)

Adding invoices from saas apps to freeagent

I’m a very happy FreeAgent user. I’ve been using it for just over one year now and can’t complain too much. Okay, so I’d love to be able to set the currency of bills, but that’s not a deal breaker for me right now. I’m a freelance developer, so I’m responsible for my own accounts. … Continue reading Adding invoices from saas apps to freeagent

Testing iOS Enterprise features without an MDM

Recently, I deployed a special version of Roomr to a large enterprise customer for inclusion in their Enterprise App Store. Part of the arrangement was that I support two enterprise features; Single Sign-On and Managed App Configuration. This, on the face of it, was an excellent deal. I watched some WWDC videos on preparing apps … Continue reading Testing iOS Enterprise features without an MDM

Blackwall Tunnels Alerts

I think it’s fair to say that most people who live in London, do at one time or another, have to use the Blackwall Tunnel. Other Londoners use it each and every day to get to and from work. I am somebody who has the use the tunnel when visiting some family, so it’s a … Continue reading Blackwall Tunnels Alerts