Manage Your Windows Applications With Winget

Winget, Microsoft’s native package manager for Windows 10 (version 1709 and later) and Windows 11, offers a streamlined CLI for efficient application management. This blog post introduces Winget’s installation and basic commands for installing, updating, and removing software. It highlights the tool’s ability to manage non-Winget-installed apps and explores curated package lists for batch installations. The post also recommends top Winget packages, noting some may require a paid subscription.

What Are Architecture Design Records (ADR), and How Can You Get Started as a .NET Developer?


This document provides a comprehensive overview of Architecture Design Records (ADRs), a crucial tool for documenting key decisions in software development. Initially coined by Michael Nygard, ADRs encapsulate the reasons and context behind these decisions, helping future developers understand the system’s evolution. Each ADR typically includes a title, context, decision, status, and consequences, and is stored in the project’s version control repository. For .NET developers, this guide recommends the dotnet-adr tool, and provides step-by-step instructions to implement ADRs in your project. By incorporating ADRs, teams can enhance communication and preserve a clear rationale for significant decisions.

Using Private NuGet Feeds in AppCenter

The Problem Recently, I was working on a Xamarin.Forms project consuming a private NuGet feed. Because the account I use to log in to Visual Studio has permissions to consume that feed, I just added the feed address to Visual Studio and I could use it without any problems. But when I tried to build […]

HealthKit Not Working in the Background of Xamarin.Forms Anymore—What To Do!

I recently updated the Nuget packages of an Xamarin.Forms application which accesses health and physical activity data in iOS and has been doing it successfully for a long time. One of the libraries to update was the third-party library responsible for taking the data from HealthKit and preparing it to be sent to the server. […]

Create Beautiful .NET Console Applications with Spectre.Console

Ugly Console Applications On several occasions, I have had to create console applications that update the screen as time passes or some background task progresses. When I do, I often end up with something that looks like the following screenshot: This works just fine but can certainly be improved. We can reformat the data better […]

Creating a Visual Studio Offline Installer

Usually, I work with more than one computer and reinstall my operating system from time to time, so I spend a lot of time downloading and configuring Visual Studio. To make this process easier, we can add parameters to the Visual Studio installer and create a local copy with all the files needed for our […]

Dynamic XAML in Xamarin.Forms Applications

Note: you can download the source code for this blog post here. As you know, Xamarin.Forms application usually will generate code at compilation time using your XAML definition, and after building and distribution, the application is ready to be used. If you want to change the user interface dynamically or how it consumes data, you […]

Control Templates in Xamarin.Forms

This is the second post in the custom control series. You can read the first one where we created a custom control to select dates. In this second post in the series, I want to show you when and how to use control templates. A primary reason to use control templates is when you need […]

Tooling for the C4 Model: Structurizr Lite

In a previous blog post, I did a brief introduction to Architecture Software Visualization using the C4 Model. On this one, I want to show you some of the available tooling and give you a quick walkthrough on how to create our architecture models. Structurizr Simon Brown created Structurizr to build software architecture models as […]

The C4 Model for Visualizing Software Architecture

Introduction In this blog post, I will try to briefly condense my understanding of the work of Simon Brown, the creator of the C4 Model, a set of hierarchical diagrams that you can use to describe your software architecture. I will talk about the current state of architectural visualization, the issues presented by them, and […]

Montage Portal

Montage Furniture Services provides furniture protection plans and claims processing services to a wide selection of furniture retailers and consumers.

Project Background

Montage was looking to build a new web portal for both Retailers and Consumers, which would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other legacy systems. The portal needed to be multi tenant and support branding and configuration for different Retailers. Trailhead architected the new Montage Platform, including the Portal and all of it’s back end integrations, did the UI/UX and then delivered the new system, along with enhancements to DevOps and processes.


We’ve logged countless miles exploring the tech world. In doing so, we gained the experience that enables us to deliver your unique software and systems architecture needs. Our team of seasoned tech vets can provide you with:

Custom App and Software Development

We collaborate with you throughout the entire process because your customized tech should fit your needs, not just those of other clients.

Cloud and Mobile Applications

The modern world demands versatile technology, and this is exactly what your mobile and cloud-based apps will give you.

User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Design

We want your end users to have optimal experiences with tech that is highly intuitive and responsive.


This combination of Agile software development and IT operations provides you with high-quality software at reduced cost, time, and risk.

Trailhead stepped into a challenging project – building our new web architecture and redeveloping our portals at the same time the business was migrating from a legacy system to our new CRM solution. They were able to not only significantly improve our web development architecture but our development and deployment processes as well as the functionality and performance of our portals. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Trailhead has proven themselves to be a valuable partner.

– BOB DOERKSEN, Vice President of Technology Services
at Montage Furniture Services

Technologies Used

When you hit the trails, it is essential to bring appropriate gear. The same holds true for your digital technology needs. That’s why Trailhead builds custom solutions on trusted platforms like .NET, Angular, React, and Xamarin.


We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Web App Development
  • Cloud Development
  • DevOps
  • Process Improvements
  • Legacy System Integration
  • UI Design
  • Manual QA
  • Back end/API/Database development

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

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