App Centre – for your mobile strategy


This talk is a broad overview of the services that App Centre offers and how they can create a DevOps pipeline for your mobile apps. We’ll look at using App Centre to set up automated builds of your app, run automated UI tests on real devices in the cloud then distribute to users, either beta testers or via the Google or Apple app stores. Once your app has been deployed App Centre can provide analytics and crash reports, so we’ll cover how easy it is to add support for this to your app and analyse the results. Next, you will look at how App Centre can send push notifications to provide targeted messages to your users. You’ll then look at all the supported platforms – although App Centre is from Microsoft it is not tied purely to Xamarin but works with native mobile apps as well as React Native.

The session will finish up by looking at the App Centre API and show how App Centre was built to be API first meaning everything you can do from the web app, you can also do from the command line or REST API, including showing how to integrate with other CI tools like Jenkins.

By the end of this talk you will understand the advantages of using App Centre as a part of your mobile strategy, regardless of what technology you use.


Guest speaker: Jim Bennett
Jim is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, Tamarin Certified Developer, blogger, author of Xamarin In Action, speaker, father and lover of whisky and Thai food.



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Date & Time

September 12, 2018 | 18:30 to 20:30


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: Free

Updated on 01 August 2018