Create a Google Chromecast app with Xamarin.Forms in under 10 minutes

While I was waiting in between builds, I decided to put on some radio in the background. I started looking for a good app on my desktop I found TuneIn, which is nice. But I couldn’t Chromecast it to my Google Nest Mini device. I got the impression that TuneIn isn’t much more than a … Read more Create a Google Chromecast app with Xamarin.Forms in under 10 minutes

GitHub Domain Verification with Namecheap

For our podcast we have a simple website in place with Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. While setting it up, I noticed the option to verify your your domain with the GitHub repo. This way you get some perks, but will also indicate to people that they are looking at the right place. Our domain, … Read more GitHub Domain Verification with Namecheap

Simplifying Xamarin.Forms Grid Column and Row Definitions

One of the downsides of XAML is that it can become very verbose. A specific area where this happens is when using a Grid and you start defining rows and columns. To overcome this, a change has been merged that will make your live (and XAML!) a whole lot easier. In this post you will … Read more Simplifying Xamarin.Forms Grid Column and Row Definitions

Empty Commit in Git: Great for Triggering CI

The other day I was working on some continuous integration with a Git repository and Azure DevOps. Wanting to test some changes I actually needed to commit something, but I didn’t want to add a space to some Markdown file or something. As it turns out, you can create empty commits in Git which will … Read more Empty Commit in Git: Great for Triggering CI

Visual Studio for Mac Run Configurations: Running Multiple Projects at Once

The other day I was doing a live stream with Luce Carter. While doing so I actually learned a thing myself about debugging multiple projects at the same time. You can very easily set this up in Visual Studio for Mac with run configurations. I decided to write it up so you can benefit as … Read more Visual Studio for Mac Run Configurations: Running Multiple Projects at Once

Null Pointers: Your Opinionated Podcast on Development, Tech and Every Day Struggles

After bumping into each other a few times at conferences and in the virtual world Mark, Steven and myself decided to start a podcast. We proudly present to you: Null Pointers. Being developers ourselves means we cover development topics most of the time. Still, we don’t shy away from moving outside of our little comfort … Read more Null Pointers: Your Opinionated Podcast on Development, Tech and Every Day Struggles

Clearing downloaded Source Link cache for Visual Studio for Mac

Xamarin.Forms has support for Source Link for a while now. With Visual Studio for Mac you can now dive into the Forms NuGet (or any NuGet that support Source Link of course) and debug code that you didn’t even write! Although it should never happen™, there might be times where you need to clean the … Read more Clearing downloaded Source Link cache for Visual Studio for Mac

iOS and macOS Dark Mode Dynamic Colors Overview

While working on adding the integration of Dark Mode on macOS into Xamarin.Forms, I found that there wasn’t an overview for all the Dynamic Colors. I probably just missed it somewhere, but I decided to create my own anyway. This will be a rather post, it’s mostly just a reference (for myself) to have a … Read more iOS and macOS Dark Mode Dynamic Colors Overview

Test Xamarin.Forms bugfixes by downloading PR NuGet packages

As part of the Xamarin.Forms open-source nature the builds are also accessible for you to see. While the advantages are more than one, two really stand out. First, as a contributor, you can now see how your changes integrate with the rest of the code. Second, as a user, you can access the artifacts of … Read more Test Xamarin.Forms bugfixes by downloading PR NuGet packages

My First Challenge: Join the Xamarin + Cognitive Services Crazy Combo Challenge!

The “challenge” concept has been around for a few years now at Microsoft. Basically what happens is Microsoft provides you with a pre-built solution in the form of some sample application. From there it is up to you to let your mind go free and implement more awesome things. This challenge is no different, apart … Read more My First Challenge: Join the Xamarin + Cognitive Services Crazy Combo Challenge!