Category: Development

Cortana Integration #1: Hey Cortana, work with my Windows app!

In the video game series Halo, the relationship between the protagonist and his AI companion Cortana is very close and intensive. On the new Windows platforms, users now also have the chance to interact with Cortana as a… Read More

Building better apps with Xamarin Insights

Last week Xamarin announced the release of Xamarin 4. The release brings new features to almost every Xamarin product and adds new apps (in preview) to make our lives easier. One aspect of the 4.0 release that I thought… Read More

Useful Developer Tools #3 – Final Android Resizer

When developing for Android you quickly come to a point where you need images rezised for different screen densities. While most icons you can download comes in different sizes, creating own images could take much time if you need… Read More

Swipe to refresh your Xamarin Android app

Most apps that deal with online data have implemented a refresh mechanism. If you want to enable your users to trigger this on their own, providing a “swipe to refresh” implementation is a common and intuitive design pattern. Users… Read More

Show a custom dialog in your Xamarin Android app

Sometimes you want to show your users a dialog that contains more than just text and buttons. In those cases the pre-defined AlertDialog that come with Android will need some adjustment. Read here how to do that. First of… Read More

Xamarin .gitignore

If you use git as source control for your Xamarin project, you might not want everything but only the necessary files to be commited. Unfortunately most auto-generated .gitignore files like the one from GitHub for example don’t contain… Read More

Want to create Xamarin.iOS apps without buying a Mac? Rent one!

As a mobile developer you will know that a MacOS device is stringently required to build and run iOS apps. Same is with Xamarin: You can write your code wherever you want but when it comes to compiling you… Read More

Add a stylish Navigation Drawer to your Xamarin.Android application

These hamburger menus do not only look neat, they also provide a great way of navigating through an application and display additional information or quick settings. Since Google itself uses them in nearly every application users expect one… Read More

My Visual Studio solution won’t build although it should. What can I do?

Visual Studio is undoubtedly the best development environment you could get your hands on – but sometimes it can drives you crazy. Espacially in these cases where you know that a project should build but it doesn’t no matter… Read More

Beautify Chome’s JSON Viewer

If you use Google’s Chrome browser to test and develop web applications you might have noticed that the default JSON output is always unformatted. This can often lead to an output like this:

To avoid this mess, Gildas… Read More