Unlocking native control features the Xamarin.Forms way

While Xamarin did a great job with Forms in providing us with a set of controls that can be used creating our awesome UI, they didn’t (and couldn’t) enable all of the features that come with a Button or Label or.. whatever! So they did the basics, which is absolutely fine! But when you are … Read more

Continuous integration/continuous delivery for your Xamarin app with VSTS and HockeyApp – Part Android

VSTS loves HockeyApp and Android too!

In addition to my previous posts about this subject, I got some reactions that it was iOS only! And I can’t deny that. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m an iOS guy and I’m proud of it! Nevertheless, one of the main advantages of Xamarin is that you can swing both ways (and even … Read more

The road to being a Xamarin Certified Developer

Road to Xamarin Certification

For the past time I have been enrolled in Xamarin University with as main goal to verify if the knowledge I had gained by learning myself was the right way. And of course, while I’m at it get certified in the process. In this post I would like to tell you about my experience with University … Read more

Spicing up your Xamarin (Forms/iOS) TabBar

One of the most popular navigation patterns on all platforms is by making use of the TabBar. Xamarin.Forms already acknowledged this by incorporating the TabbedPage in their default control set. While the tabs are platform independent – besides from the look on the specific platform – I want to talk a little bit about the … Read more

Continuous integration/continuous delivery for your Xamarin app with VSTS and HockeyApp – Part 2

VSTS loves HockeyApp

In my previous post I have talked about how to create a build definition with VSTS and setup your Mac build agent yourself. In this post I will extend that build definition so we can publish our app automatically to HockeyApp. Also I will explain how you can do the same for your Android app, a bit about … Read more

Continuous integration/continuous delivery for your Xamarin app with VSTS and HockeyApp – Part 1

VSTS loves HockeyApp

Continuous delivery is the new agile This is a quote a saw on Twitter by Sander Hoogendoorn and it seems that he is kind of right. Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (DI) are rapidly becoming more and more popular and together with that there are a lot of tools to support you with that. And … Read more

Xamarin and everything on Evolve 2016

Evolve 2016 keynote

My conversation with my good friend Fanie Reynders for a GeekFest episode about the past Evolve and everything that is announced there!

We cover iOS simulator remoting within Visual Studio 6:49, the all new XAML Previewer 10:41, themes, a quick look at Snppts 25:51 (my pet project, see my previous post here) and Xamarin Workbooks 34:20. Let’s spread some Xamarin love!

NuGet gold nuggets – packages which are in my almost every Xamarin project

NuGet Gold nuggets

While Xamarin delivers a nice set of controls and functionalities with Xamarin.Forms, there is always room for improvement. Luckily there is a very active and alive community behind Xamarin which can provide you with all the necessary plugins. Underneath you will find a list of the ones I use in almost everyone of my projects … Read more

Snppts.io: share your amazing Xamarin.Forms designs!

snppts header

For the last few weeks me and my good friend Steven have been busy creating a platform for sharing your beautiful custom UIs in Xamarin Forms. While Forms is ideal for simple, data-entry apps, it is also possible to create awesome UIs with just code and XAML, but also with the use of custom renderers. And … Read more

Push notifications with Xamarin – Server

Azure Notification hub

Now that we have three apps which implement push notifications, we also want to send some messages to the user! Until now we have done this by using the Azure portal but this is very limited and you’re not going to want to check your database for updates and sent out the right push notifications … Read more