Resource Files in Xamarin Forms

Resource files allow you to define a name and a resource, normally a string, that can change depending upon the language of the device. Each native platform has a resource file structure and setup that can be used. Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS will use resx and UWP uses resw. Interestingly with both of these file extensions, […]

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Platform Specifics in Xamarin Forms

Platform specifics allow you to enhance a control in Xamarin Forms on a particular platform. Now you can add specific platform only properties to Xamarin Forms controls, starting with Xamarin Forms 2.3.3, in Shared and PCL based projects in either code behind or XAML. Built-in Platform Specifics Xamarin Forms comes with built-in platform specifics. You have two […]

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The Advanced Navigation of Exrin in Xamarin Forms

Exrin is an MVVM framework, with higher levels of abstraction that most other frameworks. It is designed for Xamarin Forms but has no dependency on Xamarin Forms. It certainly pushes its opinions on how your project should be set up, but in doing so gives some very advanced navigation features with relative ease. Exrin is […]

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Configuration Files In Xamarin Forms

The Xamarin Forms framework does not include a way to read configuration files out of the box, much like ASP.NET. Because of this, many developers hard code static values. In these configuration files developers will normally put API uri’s, local DB connection strings etc. However this makes it hard to manage, especially when going into […]

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Navigating in Xamarin Forms

Switching pages in Xamarin Forms is simple, once you understand the core concepts of setting the MainPage or using a page with navigational abilities. Main Page In App.cs or App.xaml.cs you will have an assignment to your MainPage. MainPage = new ContentPage() { Content = new Label() { Text= “Hello World” } }; A TabbedPage, ContentPage, NavigationPage can be […]

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Push Notifications Lifecycle

Push notifications are a common feature in mobile apps and if you read my previous post or others you will easily understand how to receive them. Most walk-throughs stop at that point but what do you do after you receive them? As you will find out there are a few scenario’s in different platforms you need […]

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Creating A Splash Screen In Xamarin Forms

A splash screen is an image or page that shows when you first load your app, while the application is initializing. The splash screen will stay visible until the first page of the app is ready to display. Xamarin Forms does not have any functionality to add a splash screen, you must do this per […]

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Toast Notifications for Xamarin Forms

I manage the fairly popular Toasts.Forms.Plugin which displays toast like notifications on all platforms. This was originally created almost 2 years ago by EgorBo when the notification system on each platform was not very extensible or usable, hence you had to create your own if you wanted to display notifications while the app was in […]

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Xamarin Forms Triggers vs Behaviors vs Effects

Introduction Xamarin Forms has many ways to modify the UI based on certain criteria, data or events such as Triggers, Behaviors or Effects. You can also accomplish the same or similar things with each technique hence initially it can be confusing as to which method would be the best for each scenario. Triggers Triggers take […]

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Cryptography in Portable Libraries

When we think of using Cryptography in Xamarin Forms with a portable library we normally end up looking for a Nuget Package. In most cases we come across PCLCrypto, I have used it in the past and it has been great but I never liked adding additional packages to my projects and now we no longer […]

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