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List of Local Tech Groups

Written by Anthony DeBonis on . Posted in Productivity

Techvalley/Albany/Capital Regions Groups Events


Google Developer Group of the Capital Region TBD TBD Apprenda Troy NY or Informz Saratoga Spring NY
Startup TechVally 1st Wednesday 12/7/2016 Brown’s Brewing Revolution Hall, Troy NY
Javascript UG 2nd Wednesday TBD Enable Labs in Troy NY
Captialt Area SQL Server User Group 2nd Monday 11/24/2014 AutoTask East Greenbush NY
Techvalley .Net Group – Tuesday night 3rd Tuesday 11/15/2016 Tyler Technologies Albany NY by Airport
Startup Grind Albany Tuesday 11/15//2016 RPI Tech Park East Greenbush NY
CEG – Venture B – Tuesday AM at 7:30AM RPI Tuesday 11/15/2016 RPI, Troy NY
Berkshire County Technology Group Tuesday 11/15/2016 Pittsfield MA
Albany Chapter of 1 Million Cups Wednesday 11/16/2016 Albany Barn Albany NY
Sharatoga Techtalks Wednesday 11/16/2016 Saratoga Springs NY
Tech Valley Ruby Brigade Wednesday 11/16/2016 Enable Labs in Troy NY
Techvalley Game Space Many Days 11/18/2016 Center of Gravity Troy NY
Albany 2600 Meetup Friday 12/2/2016 Starbucks Albany
Albany UX Group TBD TBD All over the area
Capital Region Test Automated Group TBD TBD All over the area

TestFlight App now has a API

Written by Anthony DeBonis on . Posted in Misc Ramblings

Follow up from Deploying Beta Test Apps to iPhones+

More news on one of my favorite tools/services – find out all the details here

I can see using these APIs in one or more of our new Mobile App Product test cycles

  • Session tracking
  • Crash tracking – I hope none
  • In app Questions
  • Checkpoints
  • Remote Logging – cool
  • In App Updates
  • In App Feedback

Side note – SDK will work with native XCode developed apps but it will take some kind of wiring to get it into a cross compiled app like PhoneGap, Titanium or Adobe Air

Deploying Beta Test Apps to iPhones+

Written by Anthony DeBonis on . Posted in App Dev, Misc Ramblings, Mobile

After you have developed your mobile application you want to test it out on real devices with real testers, both Android and Apple let you run provisioned ad-hoc version of your application. On Android devices its usually as easy as connection your USB cable and running a command from the command line/terminal or have your tool run a deploy for you.  For iOS devices it can take some extra steps to share your ipa install file around, have your testers drag it into iTunes then trigger synch with the device and this has to happen with each beta release.  We found this workflow cumbersome and looked for a better way.  We found it with – a free online service that makes distribution of your iOS apps easy and comes with some other helpful features.

Once you have an account you can upload a build, be sure to always update the version number or you will get prompted to make a decision on whether to force an update using the old version number.  The service allows you to enter in release notes which are great for the testers and for general tracking of releases and features.  The system easily tracks multiple project application and test teams for distribution.  With each deploy you can choose which team or user will get a notification of the new application version.  The test end user does need to install the TestFlightApp iOS app from the AppStore or follow the link off the email/website.  It’s a basic app that handles the install of your latest version of the app on the device.  The test users can reply to the test email with comments and those comments will be added to the running comments for that version.  You still have to create a signing certificate and provisioning file with specific devices listed, this is done up on the Apple Developer portal – so you will still need to pay for a developer license. When you invite a tester  to install your beta app you receive notification from their device with its serial number uuid that you will need to create the provisioning file, so there is still some hoops to jump through but this service smoothes it all out nicely with a very clean UI.

Side note – this works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices – I wish we could deploy our Android beta versions of our applications this way too…. maybe in a future version of TestFlightApp….