Top 5 Free Mobile Application Testing Platforms

The testing phase of mobile development is critical to the success of  any application, and with the multitude of variations in both hardware and operating systems, this stage is arguably the most difficult to manage and execute properly.  Fortunately there are a handful of useful tools that assist with the distribution and testing of mobile applications with the majority of these being free or free try.  Each platform offers a unique set of functionality, so the best way to choose is experimenting with each one.  Here are some of the best mobile testing platforms available today:

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Failed to Validate BAM Portal Web Site (BAMPortal)

I have recently encountered an error while trying to reinstall BAM Tool and the BAM Portal on a Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 installation.  I encountered the following error while attempting to configure the BAM Portal in the Microsoft BizTalk Server Configuration window.

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Change SharePoint Central Admin Top Bar Text

Overview

To help make it abundantly clear which central admin site someone is logged into, I wanted to change the top bar text to something other than “SharePoint”.  Turns out you can do that using the SuiteBarBrandingElement value on the Central Administration Web Application object  from PowerShell.

Code:

Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell $ca = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | ` ?{$_.IsAdministrationWebApplication -eq $true} $ca.SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml = "<div class='ms-core-brandingText'>SP2013 Shared Services Farm (PRODUCTION)</div>" $ca.Update()

Result:

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Office 365 and SharePoint Online FAQ

Recently had to field some questions regarding Office 365 and SharePoint online. Thought it would be beneficial for others looking for similar information. Leave a comment if you have additional input on any of these or have other questions regarding this topic:

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Is your federated user repeatedly prompted for credentials during One Drive for Business Sync?

We had issues where federated users were continually prompted from their username and password when trying to sync their OneDrive for Business account.  Even if you typed the password correctly authentication still failed.  We were directed to this KB Article

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Setting Compatibility Mode Of A WPF Web Browser

Recently I needed to use the WebBrowser control in a C Sharp WPF application. But after adding the web browser and navigating to the web page I was met with a horribly mangled version of it. Yet in Internet Explorer the same web page displayed correctly and as you may or may not know, the WebBrowser control uses Internet Explorer. I then discovered that checking Compatibility Mode in Internet Explorer changed the page to match the WebBrowser controls! It turns out the WebBrowser control was defaulting to a rendering engine (IE7) that I did not want!

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Build 2014

//build was a great event this year. Given that I’m the mobile guy I’m particularly excited that they started the day 1 keynote with Windows Phone and Windows 8 announcements.

Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft announced their latest version of Windows Phone, version 8.1, this new version is due out this summer and is compatible with all existing Windows Phone 8.0 devices. In addition manufacturers, such as Nokia, are coming out with new devices tailored to Windows Phone 8.1.

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Sending Key Events to a WPF Web Browser (And Injecting Javascript)

Recently I had the need to send KeyDown events to the WPF WebBrowser and after many failed attempts I finally figured out a good (or at least a working) solution. It should be noted that this solution does not trigger browser key events but rather triggers javascript key events, such as those bound by addEventListener. The technique utilizes javascript injection, so it could also be used to call any existing javascript method.

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The Cloud is Here and Now

I recently heard a cloud presentation by James Staten and that is what inspired this post.

Cloud is not the future, cloud is NOW!

The first thing you need to know is the cloud is not the future, the cloud is NOW!  If you do not have a cloud strategy you are already behind the curve. Many companies are already in the cloud in various degrees and most have at least an initial cloud strategy mapped out.  If the cloud has been brushed off as a fad or it’s not going to happen, you better get on it because the cloud is here and it is here to stay.

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