Xamarin and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence continues to gain more traction, now that companies such as Google, Microsoft and others, have released a suite of easy to use tools. It now enables us to create smarter apps, and open up a new range of applications. Xamarin doesn’t have any AI or Machine Learning capabilities itself, but does play a […]

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Choosing CPU Architecture and SDK Version

Your Xamarin app can be deployed to a large array of mobile devices, each with a different CPU architecture, and SDK version. You define which SDK and CPU architecture you want to support, in your project’s properties and the build tasks will ensure the right binaries are then created. The settings you choose, will result […]

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Launching A Mobile App Via A URI Scheme

Sometimes, users inside your app will need access to another app to complete their task. Maybe its calling someone, viewing a webpage or launching Skype. Launching another app is rather easy and is done at the OS level. URI Scheme When you call upon another app you need to use its URI Scheme. This scheme is […]

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Introduction To Xamarin Workbooks

Xamarin Workbooks is a unique product that allows you to write documentation, with runnable code examples and provides a way to visualize the user interfaces. You can create these workbooks for Xamarin Android, Xamarin iOS, WPF and Console. As of the date of this post, Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS don’t have great (or any?) support in […]

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.NET Standard with Xamarin Forms Gotchas

After a week of converting a production project to .NET Standard via the methods in .NET Standard Library with Xamarin Forms, I think I have come across most gotcha’s programmers are going to come against with .NET Standard in a Xamarin Forms environment and I wanted to also answer a few questions that I initially […]

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.NET Standard Library with Xamarin Forms

Its time to welcome the new kid to the block with .NET Standard Libraries. Currently with PCL’s we are dealing with Profile Based PCL’s and you may have heard of Profile 259 which is the common profile most of us use with Xamarin Forms. .NET Standard Libraries are the successor. Update: For Visual Studio 2017, […]

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Xamarin Technology Stack

I have wanted to create this post for a while as I have never found an all in one place for a high level overview of everything Xamarin has to offer. Its an eco-system not a product and Xamarin’s/Microsoft’s offering is actually incredibly deep and wide. Here I just focus on the common app building […]

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Use Akavache for faster Sqlite3

Akavache is a library built on top of the SQLite3 library but performs faster that SQLite3 library. I just watched the awesome evolve session from Paul Betts about how he wrote a library on top of SQLite3 that helps stop even well seasoned developers from doing a lot of bad things. I was certainly guilty […]

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Detailed Look At Whats New in Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio

After Evolve there were a number of new exciting enhancements all around. First of all this is currently only in the Alpha channel version 4.2. I also want to mention this is just from myself exploring the new options, some of this functionality may be new but from a slightly older version and I haven’t […]

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Toasts Plugin For Xamarin And Windows

Update: This article is for version 2.0.4 and below of the Toasts plugin. If you wish to use 3.0.0+, please look at Toast Notifications for Xamarin Forms. As a recent contributor to the Toasts Plugin For Xamarin and Windows I thought it would be good to write about what it does and how you can use it […]

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