Developers, Technology Evangelists, Bros.

About Us

Our names are Mike and Nick Branstein. We are brothers, .NET developer consultants, and technology evangelists. We work for KiZAN Technologies, a Louisville, KY based technology consulting firm specializing in Microsoft services and solutions. This blog, its contents and opinions are our own, and do not reflect those of our employer. We blog about technology, development tools and techniques, application lifecycle management, gaming, the web, and team building.

AvatarMike Branstein

Mike is a developer and leader, who is passionate about systems architecture, application lifecycle management, mobile app development with NativeScript, and technology. Mike loves teaching his two boys about science and technology, while incorporating logic, development, and electronics into weekend projects and daily play. Mike blogs with his brother, Nick Branstein at, where they are known as “the Brosteins”. Together they are co-authors of NativeScript In Action, a book focused on teaching developers how to create professional mobile apps for iOS and Android using JavaScript and TypeScript.

Nick BransteinNick Branstein

Nick is a software developer, hardware geek, video game enthusiast, and Clevelander at heart.  Nick is passionate about technology and has a special interest in javascript, typescript, and indie game development.  He enjoys working with different clients and learning about what makes their business work.  Nick blogs with his brother, Mike Branstein at, where they are knowns as “the Brosteins”.

8 comments for “About Us

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    Calvin Miracle
    June 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Hey Mike,

    I took the code challenges at the Kizan table at CodePalousa, got one
    and flunked two.

    The scope challenge is bugging me, and I wonder if you can point me to
    a copy of that challenge. I want to try to understand what I did not understand!

    Your brother gave me his card and said you may have that challenge code
    posted somewhere..

    Thanks, take care

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    July 13, 2017 at 5:21 am

    First let me thank you for the helpful tool you created,

    Since yesterday, I can’t use it. I mean, it is not giving back a zip file. I hope when you get a min you will check what is going on.


    Server Error in ‘/’ Application.

    Runtime Error

    Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers running on the local server machine.

    Details: To enable the details of this specific error message to be viewable on remote machines, please create a tag within a “web.config” configuration file located in the root directory of the current web application. This tag should then have its “mode” attribute set to “Off”.

    Notes: The current error page you are seeing can be replaced by a custom error page by modifying the “defaultRedirect” attribute of the application’s configuration tag to point to a custom error page URL.

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      August 3, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you – I’m not sure what happened, but everything is working ok now.

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    December 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm


    I’m starting out with NativeScript and downloaded “The NativeScript” PDF book. First of all, thank you for making the book available! Second, a suggestion. It would be great if the PDF edition could have a linked TOC, both in the PDF sidebar and in the book’s TOC as well. As it is, the PDF document has no TOC listing in the sidebar, which makes the 450 pages really hard to navigate. Also, the TOC pages in the book itself have no links and so it is not possible to click on it and navigate there. All this makes the book difficult to use since the only way to navigate through the 450 pages is using the mouse (or touchpad) to scroll.



    • Nick Branstein
      January 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Tim – we’re working on some updates to the eBook version and this is something we hope to solve in the future!

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    September 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Hello Mike and Nick
    i found out your names browsing nativescript site and downloading your book
    my Name is Giampaolo, i’m a senior solution architect for an american company but i’m based in italy even if i travel a lot
    i love technologies, i like web development and i’m quite kean in javascript, nodejs, typescript, angular and mobile app as well
    the company i work for, use native platform to develop mobile apps which means, android studio and java and object C for IOS
    recently i started to investigate in new ways to develop mobile apps very close to native one
    in particular i would develop as a demo to show to my team a mobile app that implement an Oauth2 authentication.
    our product can register 3rd party application and use API to invoke our business logic and everything works with Oauth2 authentication. i registered my own webapp that use oauth2 and i used nodejs, express, ejs and everything works fine. now i don’t know how to cacth the ‘code’ to pass to the authenitcation call to retrieve the token becasue in the mobile app there is not the concept of return url.
    maybe this comment is too long, but if you can contact me would be very kind so i can explain better

    thank you so much

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