Category: Xamarin

Free self-guided Xamarin workshop

Two days ago, I gave a Xamarin workshop at the Microsoft Technical Summit 2016 conference in Darmstadt (Germany). This was a full-day workshop with a Xamarin introduction at the beginning and a guided workshop experience, where the participants… Read More

Move your Xamarin.Forms Toolbar to the bottom on Windows

While iOS and Android typically have their toolbars and menus at the top of the page, on Windows you will find it at the bottom in most cases. Unfortunately, Xamarin.Forms renders all toolbar to the top of the… Read More

Xamarin free for everyone – What developers need to know

At //build 2016 conference, Microsoft announced to include Xamarin into their existing offers and make the cross-platform solution free for everyone. Now as Xamarin is part of Visual Studio 2015, some things are changing for developers so let’s take a look at… 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

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

Introduction to UI Tests with Xamarin

One of the things one should never say when delivering an app to a customer- “It was working fine on my device”. To avoid such embarrassment and to make sure the users see what was planned for them… Read More