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Project Updates for 29/05

Much of this week has been spent knee deep in WebRTC and it’s specs, recreating core Zoom functionality for a specific environment is complicated! 🎥
Found time to start a quick personal (Open Source) project inspired by another though so watch this space 🤖
Oh, and mostly caught up with the accounts 🥱🧮

How to fix the ‘This app is no longer shared with you’ error

There seems to be a surge of people reporting the ‘This app is no longer shared with you’ message when they open apps on iOS devices. Not sure why, our suspicion is that it’s a server side bug in and around family sharing, but that’s not confirmed.

Deleting the app and reinstalling will work, but you will potentially lose any data that’s stored locally, so our recommendation is to ‘offloads the app. This was introduced as a means to save space on your device by temporarily removing apps that you rarely use, but not losing any data or settings.

So whilst it’s a pain you can offload the app and then immediately restore it to fix this bug, full instructions are over at https://www.idownloadblog…

If this helped you fix the ‘This app is no longer shared with you’ error on your iPhone then would appreciate the share, if you have any other updates or solutions then please hit up the comments and we’ll update the article.

Microsoft’s new cross platform software framework – What does it mean to your business?

Yesterday at the Microsoft Build conference they announced MAUI, the roadmap to their new cross platform software, single codebase framework, quoting from their release;

Introducing .NET Multi-platform App UI:

As we consider what building device applications will look like in a unified .NET, we see many devices across multiple platforms used, from Android and iOS to Windows and macOS. To address this need we are excited to announce a new first-class UI framework for doing just that: .NET Multi-platform App UI, affectionately call .NET MAUI.

This means a lot to us as developers, but what does it mean to you as business owners, decision makers, and end users? To your business?

App languages – how they differ

All computer software (apps are just software applications, all the same really) is traditionally designed to run on it’s intended platform, the Web, Windows PC, Apple Mac, iPhone, Android etc – an app written for one platform will traditionally be written in the language that platform expects, all these platforms have different native languages, ie an app written for one won’t work on another.

In layman’s terms, if you learn French it will stand you in great stead on a holiday to France, but pop next door to Spain and you’re stuck. Unless you learn Spanish too, but that’s twice as much work.

 

Maui 01 overview 1536x864

Multiple App Platforms

Which is where us developers come in, most developers speak more than one language, but certainly not all, and in the past you had to be careful that the language choice the developer was making for your project was because it was the right one for your needs.   Not because it was the one they knew. But as IT expanded, people started using their own devices, and mobile computing became the norm it stopped being about which platform – Mac vs PC if you will, but which platforms – plural.

So if you ask a developer to create you a mobile app you are probably targeting iPhone and Android, two platforms, two languages (Objective C or Swift, and Java in case you were wondering!) – so that’s actually two apps you need, twice the work, twice the support, twice the cost!!! If only there were some (good – there are bad ways, we don’t do them) way of creating good, native, performant apps on both platforms, from one codebase, one product to support, and only one to pay for – cheaper is better right?

How can Xyroh help?

Well for most cases there is, it’s niche, here at Xyroh we do it, and have spent a lot of time and resources investing in these skills, the platform we use is Xamarin from Microsoft, and in *most* cases, certainly B2B projects it’s perfect – outputting great, custom mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone – Tizen even – at good value to your business.

Mobile App Development Native App vs Web App vs Hybrid App

Well that’s what this announcement was about, the next stage. Microsoft’s new MAUI framework will allow us to create line of business apps that run on;

– Android
– iOS (iPhone and iPad)
– Mac OS
– Windows

All from one project, one codebase, one cost – but much more value. So if you have a need for apps, be it a mobile app, a desktop app, or even a web app in your business then we’d love to talk to you.

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Andy, the founder of Xyroh, is a mobile app developer, specialising in cross platform mobile apps, iphone apps, android apps, as well as web applications and desktop software for business clients across the North East – feel free to contact him to engage his services

New ‘Worst’ Apps additions, or the lack of the them 😬

We started the ‘Worst’ Apps when we released the ‘Worst’ Server Monitor the idea was to release a range of small, simple, functional utilities – based on the premise of Unix command line utilities that have one, single, primary function and that’s it.

Why? Well it’s good to practise your craft, this world moves fast with lots of key app functions so having ‘done it’ already is huge, also it’s good marketing to show what you can do. So we came up with the idea of the ‘Worst’ range (a play on the simplicity of the UI and the logos, the apps are solid, honest) – except to have a range you need more than one, and we don’t yet 😬. The good news is that’s down to you, we’ve been busy on client projects, and a few of the ‘Worst’ range have grown legs and become stand alone products in the back ground and in progress – so things are hapenning, just slowly.

I the mean time, though we’d share a few of the app icon ideas we came up with, see if you can guess what the app was for, and if you’re crying out for one then let us know, we’ll see if we can bump the priority.

 

 

Andy, the founder of Xyroh, is a mobile app developer, specialising in cross platform mobile apps, iphone apps, android apps, as well as web applications and desktop software for business clients across the North East – feel free to contact him to engage his services

Project updates for 15/05

So much for more free time ⏳, a whirlwind this week;
– New Opportunity for a Moto X track booking app 📱
– Researching the infrastructure behind a remote video app for Askaris 🔬
– Scratched a few itches around old school game development, reminiscing after reading the behind the scenes of book by Jordan Mechner 📖
– Oh, and all the normal updates, fixes, panics and research

Service Engineers Reminders Software Case Study

Prior to Xyroh, Andy was the founder of dotUK (A software development firm based out of Yarm and Stockton on Tees here in the North East),  again specialising as a developer in mobile apps, web applications and desktop software for a number of business clients – this is one of those portfolio case studies for windows based resource planning app

Desktop Software

Desktop Software, or desktop applications are the built in or installed apps available to you on your desktop / laptop computer of choice, for many this is a Windows based PC, but it could be an Apple Mac or a variant of Linux.  We can develop desktop software for all of those platforms, often a cross platform application that can operate across all three.  This case study is for a windows based desktop software application, operating in a client / server environment ie multiple desktop users puplling data from the central database server.

Project Summary

The Service Engineers Reminder Software is a simple, single user, windows desktop app that helps tradesmen keep track of scheduled work, services, safety checks etc

Sometimes the simplest solutions are best,  this service reminder app, which has been commissioned by a local heating engineer, will start life as a single user, stand alone, windows desktop application. However it is easily scalable into a multi user networked environment (with little to no infrastructure costs) and even options to sync / backup data through cloud services to make a multi user, multi site product.

The core functionality is to record when clients have products, services, or schedules that are due for renewal and offer a range of reminder options. As an example landlords are required to have annual gas safety checks which is a service the client offers. This app will allow this to be recorded, and when comes due the option to remind via email, text message, or generate a mail merge document that allows letters to be sent out in the post.

As always the focus is on specific functionality, ease of use, and value.

Desktop Software for Resource Planning Case Study – RetroFlo

Prior to Xyroh, Andy was the founder of dotUK (A software development firm based out of Yarm and Stockton on Tees here in the North East),  again specialising as a developer in mobile apps, web applications and desktop software for a number of business clients – this is one of those portfolio case studies for windows based resource planning app

Desktop Software

Desktop Software, or desktop applciations are the built in or installed apps available to you on your desktop / laptop computer of choice, for many this is a Windows based PC, but it could be an Apple Mac or a variant of Linux.  We can develop desktop software for all of those platforms, often a cross platform application that can operate across all three.  This case study is for a windows based desktop software application, operating in a client / server environment ie multiple desktop users puplling data from the central database server.

Project Summary

This project was to create a Windows Based Resource Planning Application, allowing businesses to see at a glance upcoming resource availability and holiday allocations

This was the second of our recent commissions for bespoke windows desktop software, and was for an electrical contractor based here in the North East. The challenge to overcome here is the ability to see clearly, quickly the spread of human resources in upcoming months, both those engineers and fitters allocated to existing projects, and of course holiday time when resource is unavailable.

 

Beskpoke Desktop Software application

Our bespoke solution will record the allocation of staff resources to projects, and allow the categorisation of the labour types. It will also record upcoming staff holidays, with this combination of data managers will be able to scroll to a specific timeline and view, filtering down if need be, the allocation of resources and ability to schedule in, or not, additional work based on the still free resource.

This project is the precursor to a bigger solution, but allows us to focus on and solve immediate business problems for the client in a cost effective and timely manner

Project Updates for 17/4

Theme for this week has been test, research, test, research but milestones include;

– A new beta release of the Arcus Dropped object inspections module for Askaris ✅
– Proof of concept research for 1:1 Video calling in an app 📲
– Added Azure based AD Authentication to a mobile App 🔑
– Launched our client/community boards for project collaboration 🗣

Version 1.7 of our ‘Worst’ Server Monitor released

Version 1.7 of our ‘Worst’ Server Monitor is now available, includes support for multiple Status Cake accounts – hit the link to our community boards for release notes and App Store Links, you can also shape the future by suggesting your own ideas and commenting on others – https://clients.xyroh.com…

How to automate Jira Service Desk to close tickets quicker

Automate Jira Service Desk

If like many of us that developers that use Jira Service Desk for a support and ticketing system (incredible value and hooks straight into many developer and project management work flows) you’ll also know it’s not perfect.  Good value yes, but not as fully featured as others. One such example is the process to close off tickets that don’t need a response.  It’s two staged, but thankfully we can speed that up and automate Jira Service Desk with project automation

Before now killing off a non-ticket meant firstly removing the reporter (so it doesn’t send an email out), and then transitioning the ticket to a completed state (eg Done or Cancelled).  A pain, especially when two or three need doing at once.

Thankfully Atlassian have introduced their new Automation tools across all the Jira project lines, and this process will save you a lot of time. First step is to pick a tag that you will apply to any ticket you won’t to instantly close.  We went with auto-close (labels appear in alphabetical order so really easy to pick this from the top of the list).  Suggest you create this label by creating and applying it to an existing ticket before we create the automation. Then simply follow the steps below, for the impatient here’s a screenshot of what we’ll end up with.

Let’s Automate

example rules to automat jira service desk

  1. From your Service Desk choose Project Settings, then Project automation (not automation) then Create Rule
  2. Choose Field Value Changed
  3. Labels from the list, then ‘Edit Issue’ from the For dropdown, Save.
  4. Click Add Component on the left, then ‘New Condition’, then ‘Issue fields condition’
  5. Again choose Labels from the first dropdown, leave the second as ‘contains any of’ and pick ‘auto-close’ (or whichever label you created above), then Save again
  6. Add Component again, then action, Edit Issue<l/i>
  7. Search for ‘Resolution’, then ‘Wont Do’ as the value to set (‘Done’ would work too), Save
  8. Add Component for a final time, action, Transition status
  9. From the Destination Status dropdown choose ‘Canceled (Support)’ then Save again
  10. Lastly give your automation a name, eg ‘Instant Close’ and click Turn it on

Job done, from now on any time you change add the label ‘auto-close’ to a Service Desk issue it will automatically edit it, transition it and close it. Works on web, mobile app, and even when you bulk edit tickets, feel free to use the time saved for something worthwhile!

About me

Andy Flisher is a Mobile App Developer based in the North East of England with over 20 years software development experience. He is available for hire and specialises in cross platform mobile app development, web applications, desktop software, bespoke cloud architecture solutions and providing outsourced project management services.