Mario Cardinal

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" – Marcel Proust


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Success start with understanding your customers

A few days ago (sept 9), at the Montreal Mobile .Net Developers community, I did a presentation (in French) to share what I learned designing a productivity app targeting IOS, Android and Windows. Among others, I reminded the attendees to validate the concept before anything else, to define a simple design language and to prototype at all stages:

Un point de vue personnel sur le design avec Xamarin.Forms

talkingtohumansRecently I came across an e-book that synthesizes well the core message of my presentation. This book written by Giff Constable is called Talking to Humans.

I encourage you to read this book. You can download it for free. As stated Steve Blank, entrepreneur and author of The Startup Owner’s Manual.

“Talking to Humans is the perfect complement to the existing body of work on customer development. If you are teaching entrepreneurship or running a startup accelerator, you need to make it required reading for your students and teams. I have.”


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Visual Studio 2015 Android Emulator

Earlier this week, my business partner, Erik Renaud, has shared his recipe to launch from the command line one of the hyper-v Android emulator that Microsoft included with Visual Studio 2015 RC.

I agree with Erik that from all the Android emulator on the market, Microsoft has the fastest and most robust solution, especially when developing with Xamarin and Visual Studio.

Contrary to Erik, I only want to launch the Microsoft Emulator Manager…

Android Emulator manager

… and from there select the emulator that I want to start.

Here is the command line:

“%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft Emulator Manager\1.0\emulatormgr.exe” /sku:Android