Xamarin.Forms: Tips for Beating the Learning Curve

David Ortinau
September 15, 2017 Xamarin.Forms

As a first time user learning any new technology or pattern, there’s always a curve, and over the years I’ve stood at the threshold of a product and gazed up that curve to determine how painfully steep it appeared and how long it would take until I was productive. Now, as the Program Manager for Xamarin.Forms, […]

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Native Android Facebook Authentication with Azure App Service

James Montemagno
August 18, 2017 Android, Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

Authentication is critical to applications success. Look at your app, and I bet the very first things that your users will do is sign up or log in to their account. This will probably, in turn, leverage some form of social authentication. Each social authentication provider is a little bit different, and some, such as […]

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Adding Storage to Mobile Apps with OneDrive for Business

Mayur Tendulkar
August 14, 2017 Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

Every app needs storage, whether it’s for storing a collection of the same type of records in Azure Mobile Service with Easy Tables, or a SQL Database exposed via Web Services. When the data is unstructured, NoSQL with Azure DocumentDB can be used. For scalability and high availability, Azure CosmosDb can be used in both the […]

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Validation in Xamarin.Forms Enterprise Apps

David Britch
August 8, 2017 Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

We released an eBook this past May on Enterprise Application Patterns using Xamarin.Forms. The eBook focuses on core patterns and architectural guidance for developing Xamarin.Forms enterprise apps that are easier to […]

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A Beginner’s Guide for Contributing to Xamarin.Forms

David Ortinau
August 4, 2017 Xamarin.Forms

Xamarin.Forms has been open source for over a year now. In that time, we’ve accepted over 700 pull requests and received many more. Have any of those been yours? If not, this is your invitation to participate! In this article, I’ll outline what kinds of contributions we are looking for and provide a guide to […]

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Join Us for Upcoming Xamarin University Guest Lectures

Rob Gibbens
July 31, 2017 Education, Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

Over the next couple of months, Xamarin University will be hosting some exciting new Guest Lectures, which are essentially live webinars given by notable speakers in the community. These sessions […]

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Building the Xamarin.Forms NuGet

David Ortinau
July 24, 2017 Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

A great way to explore Xamarin.Forms (and grow comfortable working in the code) is to clone the repository and run it, especially any of the ControlGallery projects. We know that many […]

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Urban Refuge’s Refugee Aid Mobile Apps Turn Research into Action

Lacey Butler
July 12, 2017 Android, Case Studies, iOS, Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

Started by a group of Boston University students 2015, Urban Refuge uses technology to improve both urban refugees’ experience and humanitarian organizations’ ability to coordinate resources, making aid available via a centralized, easy-to-access database. Urban Refuge’s research found that simply making options available […]

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“Xamarin University Presents” Webinar Recordings

Mark Smith
July 6, 2017 Education, Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

Thousands of developers have attended this year’s Xamarin University Presents webinar series, and we’ve had a great time introducing developers to the breadth of apps they can build with Xamarin […]

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Going Global with Xamarin and Azure Cosmos DB

Mayur Tendulkar
June 27, 2017 Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms

Imagine that MyTeaCompany is a locally renowned business in Pune, India, supplying tea to the area from their ten shops within the city. They supply a huge variety of teas […]

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