About Us

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Paul

MVC Web, Web API, SQL Server, C# custom code
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer

Excellent communication skills and a customer-first mentality enable me to effectively collaborate with C-level executives and technical teams alike to deliver what each customer wants the first time.

Microsoft certified, full-stack, enterprise solutions architect and developer of complex integrated applications. Two decades of professional IT consulting experience gained helping clients turn goals into reality while avoiding costly mistakes. Especially strong with database design and development of RESTful APIs for Web services that are the foundation of many modern MVC web sites, Xamarin mobile applications, and Azure cloud-based solutions.

Passionate about finding ways to gain efficiencies that save clients time and money. Visionary of our flagship product, CodeGenHero, that can shave weeks or even months off of a project schedule while maintaining coding best practices.

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Robin

Xamarin Cross-Platform Mobile (iOS, Android, UWP)
Microsoft Certified Professional

Twenty years of IT experience working with numerous technologies in industries including e-commerce, manufacturing, real estate, field services, healthcare, and academia. Adaptable to various roles depending upon project needs. Extensive experience with Xamarin.Forms (Android & iOS), C#/XAML/MVVM Windows 8/10 UWP tablet apps.

Focused primarily on the Microsoft stack, with previous experience with Java/Linux. An innovative problem-solver with excellent communication and listening skills. Able to broker technical and non-technical communication from C-Level to deeply technical. Experienced UI/UX designer, front-end XAML developer, business analyst, as well as middle-tier architecture, database design, and data analysis, etc. In other words, sufficiently nerdy, deeply technical, ultra-productive and yet super-duper client-facing.

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Jim

MVC Web, Web API, SQL Server, C# custom code
Microsoft Certified Professional

Full stack developer with a background in ERP level systems, Database applications, Tech Support, and a variety of buzzwords. Enjoys application development, long walks on the beach (collecting Pokemon) and admits to liking debugging and improving existing applications. Often overheard to say, “They actually pay me for this?” .

Working With Us

Typically, when we engage for a project that requires staff augmentation for Xamarin projects, our mission often involves the following steps:

  1. Onboarding – Bring us up to speed on the current status of your team/project and your vision for the medium and long-term.
  2. Remediation – Quickly identify and resolve any parts of the app/process/security etc. that require immediate attention, as needed.
  3. Plan – Lay out steps (technical, process or otherwise) for getting the project from where it is today to where it needs to be.
  4. Execute – all companies, projects and teams need something different – mobile projects often cannot be treated as one would treat a web project
    1. Sometimes teams need us to “roll up our sleeves help get to the finish line”.
    2. Sometimes teams need us to help them with a specific technical challenge. They want us to review their Xamarin architecture, or perhaps they can’t figure out how to build out unit tests, perhaps they need help with geofencing, etc.
    3. Specifically, with Xamarin, we see teams that have heavy knowledge with one platform over another, and need help getting the lagging version to distribution.
    4. Often, with Xamarin, we are asked to lay down or improve an architecture, help build out the app, and train a team of FTE developers/DevOps/QA to continue after the first release or two. This sets up a delivery cadence.
  5. Over the last year, as the content in Xamarin University has been allowed to go stale and meanwhile Microsoft has been building the updated content back up in Microsoft Learn. During this time, we have had requests to provide small team corporate Xamarin training. We wrote content and delivered over 100 hours of Xamarin Training in the last calendar year. For one team of 5 developers, we designed the course to revolve around building a POC Xamarin app with backend database and restful services. The training app was strikingly similar to the requirements for the app that the team was tasked with building for their company project.

Our Space

We spend a fair amount of time at our clients, but our office is inside of Fox.Build, an awesome makerspace and coworking space in St. Charles, Illinois.