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Introducing the Xamarin.Forms Starter Kit and the #XaMonday Show

I'm currently very busy with Xamarin.Forms for both development and training, so I decided to share some experiences I made with this platform. First, I published an open source project on GitHub called the Xamarin.Forms Starter Kit. It's a basic news reader, but it includes a number of things such as SQLite local data access, connectivity check, data-binding, pull-to-refresh, and more. It's here, and your contributions are welcome. Secondly, I started a new video series on Channel9 called the #XaMonday Show, where I'll be publishing a new video about Xamarin.Forms every monday (hopefully!). This is my way to share what I learn and to...

posted @ sabato 17 settembre 2016 12:06 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Xamarin ]

Xamarin.Forms: Enrich the UI with calendars and busy indicators with Syncfusion Essential Studio

As you might know, Syncfusion offers the very popular Essential Studio suite of controls for a huge number of development platforms, including Windows desktop, mobile, and Web. One thing you might not know, is that Syncfusion is offering individuals and small businesses free access to the Essential Studio for free via the Community License. You can read more about this offer in this page. Among the others, this offer includes Essential Studio for Xamarin. So, in this blog post I'm going to show how to use a couple controls in a Xamarin.Form app for Android, iOS, and Windows. More specifically, I'll show...

posted @ venerdì 2 settembre 2016 05:54 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Xamarin ]

Xamarin: use MacInCloud to compile apps for iOS with Visual Studio 2015

As you know, Xamarin allows you to build mobile apps for different platforms: Android, Windows, and iOS by using either Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio 2015. While for Android and Windows you have more freedom, with iOS you necessarily need a Mac (with XCode installed) to compile an app. And, notice "to compile". This is because of some Apple policies. If you need to develop apps for iOS but you do not own a Mac, you can use a paid service called MacInCloud. This company basically allows you to rent a Mac that you reach via remote desktop. You simply need...

posted @ venerdì 19 agosto 2016 13:07 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Xamarin ]

My new article on MSDN Magazine: local data with SQLite in Xamarin.Forms

Recently, I have been pretty busy with Xamarin, more specifically with Xamarin.Forms, so I decided to start sharing some of the things I learn on daily basis. The July 2016 issue of MSDN Magazine is featuring a new article of mine, called "Working with Local Databases in Xamarin.Forms using SQLite". As many of you already know, Xamarin.Forms allows you to build cross-platform apps for Android, iOS, and Universal Windows Platform using a single, shared C# code base and Visual Studio 2015. Because you might need to store local, structured data in your apps, SQLite is a good choice and this article explains...

posted @ giovedì 7 luglio 2016 12:05 | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Visual Studio 2015 Xamarin ]

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