Accommodating The On Screen Keyboard in Xamarin Forms

Most, if not all apps, will require an entry field for user input. When you are on a mobile device, selecting an entry field will cause the onscreen keyboard to appear and depending upon the platform and app settings it can cause different things to happen to your layout. Xamarin Forms Page As a starting […]

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Xamarin Forms Visual Previewer

A Visual Designer to view your XAML pages is one of the most requested features of Xamarin Forms. Xamarin now has the XAML Previewer for Xamarin Forms available in Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio. Unfortunately it isn’t a Visual Designer, its a Visual Previewer, but you can view XAML files for Android and iOS directly in the […]

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Xamarin Android 9-Patch Image Splashscreen

Splashscreen images for Xamarin Android can be tricky to create, as you must account for portrait and landscape modes in a large array of possible screen resolutions and density’s. Fortunately, Android has a solution for this called a 9-Patch image. This post teaches you how to create a 9-Patch image and correctly scale them for portrait […]

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Merged Dictionaries with Xamarin Forms

Styling in XAML in Xamarin Forms has always been less than perfect in my eyes when trying to define and organize styles for your app. In early 2015 I blogged about putting Styles in the App.xaml in Application.Resources to have globally accessible styles across your app. This was a great place to start, having some global […]

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Xamarin Forms Page Templates

Coming from a web background, I was used to having a master page that normally contained a header and footer and then let the individual pages define the content, I was disappointed that I couldn’t do that on Xamarin Forms. In order to compensate for this we needed to create a control and reference it […]

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Mobile UX – How I Took Weeks To Eventually Code A Button

Not all development journey’s are glamorous or make you feel like a ninja programmer. In this case I was getting re-educated on UX principles. This is a tale of how it took weeks to go through many iterations of a screen design to finally have people stop asking questions on how it works. it shows […]

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Custom Animations in Xamarin Forms

Animations are a great way to show more information on screen and provide a much improved UX. Xamarin Forms has a few animation techniques and I will show how to create a button (or label) that shows that it is progressing and whether it succeeds or fails. Cross platform custom animations can be done via 2 […]

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Visual Designer in Xamarin Forms

Update: While not as advanced Gorilla Player below, Xamarin recently released a Visual Previewer, for Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio. I do a complete run down in Xamarin Forms Visual Previewer.   It was one of the first questions I asked when starting Xamarin Forms and is one of the most requested features for Xamarin Forms. […]

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