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 […]

Read More >

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 […]

Read More >

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 […]

Read More >

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 […]

Read More >

Portable Class Library (PCL) vs Shared Projects

Updated: 7th Aug 2017 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 (Portable Class Libraries) or SCL’s (.NET Standard Class Libraries) […]

Read More >

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 […]

Read More >

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, […]

Read More >