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

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 in your project now that there we have finally released version 2.0.0. The major update was support for WinRT and by default UWP along with a few […]

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Portable Class Library (PCL) vs Shared Projects

In Xamarin Forms I see a lot of examples using Shared Projects and hence lots of new comers to Xamarin base their first apps off these examples. Besides legacy use cases, there very limited reasons to use SharedProjects in Xamarin Forms applications, PCL’s are the preferred method in most scenarios. Using Shared Projects Shared Projects are […]

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Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App in Xamarin Forms

UWP for Xamarin Forms is still in preview and is available in version 2.0.0 and higher. (Update: Xamarin Forms for UWP is no longer in preview as of 2.1.0). I thought I would document some of the new concepts and challenges with UWP as I came across them. If you just want to get an app […]

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How To Get Support From Xamarin

This is kind of an odd blog post but something that I thought would benefit new comers to the Xamarin eco-system. Learning Xamarin’s support processes takes time and even after 1.5 yrs I still get surprised at how to reach the correct people when the need arises. Dedicated Account Manager Only available to Enterprise level customers, […]

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