Volvo Penta has commited to implement better connectivity functionality. Part of this was the release of Easy Connect. An app which lets boat users connect to their vessel via Bluetooth. I developed the proof-of-concept and then continued as one of the developers in getting this product to market. I was responsible for the initial requirement specification, choice of development platform and the continuous implementation of new features and bugfixes. We decided to develop the app in Xamarin to get cross platform (iOS and Android) with a shared code base. Looking back it was the right decision.
I was interested in the idea of writing cross platform C# app. What I found is that putting the common functionality is a shared project, and then every GUI platform in its own project. In my example I used WPF for windows GUI and GTK# for linux. Works kinda nice.
Example project showing how to create a custom control (UIView) with XIB so that it's available in Xamarin iOS designer. Custom UIView does not render in storyboard, but can be selected from the toolbox window. If you make rendering in storyboard work, please make a pull request and I will merge it into this repo. The reason to this example project simply is that I was looking for an example like this but could not find something that was working out of the box.
Design custom view in xib using Visual Studio or Xcode (less buggy):
CustomView is visible in Toolbox:
CustomView can be droped into your storyboard:
Simulator run. View can also be resized/rotated during runtime:
Clone and run .sln in Visual Studio.
Visual Studio (Tested on Visual Studio CE 2017)
This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE.md file for details
Github repo (to download code)
My brother Jonathan Nilsson knows a great music guy; Viktor Envall, that agreed to create custom music with inspiration from Harry Brandelius ("det har kommit en båt med bananer"), and Fred Åkerström ("Gamla Nordsjön").
Previously I worked with programming a new website for strawbees.com, and the second project was to create a similar website to a new target group; educators. To separate the education site from the retail site we divided them on two subdomains. Layout is mostly the same but color schemes and some minor functionalities differ.
Check out education.strawbees.com
Together with the briliant mind of studiooddball we created a refreshed website for Strawbees; a Swedish toy company. She did the design and I did all the programming. Some features:
- Online store
- Driven by WordPress, PHP and MySQL
- Responsive design
Check out their website
Together with my brother we are creating a game for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. Currently a work in progress but it is starting to be rather fun and challanging gameplay.
Computer graphics is done by my brother; Jonathan Nilsson at Crocoraff.com. I do the C# programming in Unity3D which is quite pleasant to work with. The whole project is open sourced at github.
Rapid prototyping is a great way of researching concepts for new products. Recently I got the task of making a proof-of-concept for a Bluetooth device that needed to communicate with smart phones. In a matter of weeks I could present a interface hardware written in C++ and Arduino, together with a rather simple but fully functional mobile app.