iOS UITableViewCellStyle in Xamarin.Forms

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In the past week, a question came across on StackOverflow for which I created a sample project. The question was: how to make the detail text of a TextCell appear on the right? I started to answer the question, as I do a lot, and quickly came across the UITableViewCellStyle in iOS. I thought it would … Read more

Get more reviews for your Xamarin.Forms app with iOS 10.3

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With the introduction of iOS 10.3 a small, but rather useful feature was added. It’s called the SKStoreReviewController. This addition to the iOS framework can boost the number of reviews that you gather for your app. When you have released your app, it is always nice to get some recognition for it in the form of … Read more

Less repetitive code to reach REST APIs for your Xamarin.Forms app with Refit

In follow-up of my previous post about PropertyChanged.Fody, this time we will look at Refit. Just like implementing the INotifyPropertyChanged interface, writing code to communicate with your REST backend can produce a lot of duplicated code. Each request looks very similar and follows the same pattern; do a request to endpoint X and retrieve a string, … Read more

[BOOK] Xamarin Continuous Integration and Delivery: Team Services, Test Cloud, and HockeyApp

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*Pinch* Is this a dream?! My very own book? No it is not! I did write a book and here is everything you need to know about it. A while ago I have done some blogposts on continuous integration and delivery for Xamarin apps. While doing so I got more and more enthousiastic about the whole subject. … Read more

Keeping DRY with PropertyChanged.Fody for Xamarin.Forms

If you have worked with MVVM and/or data-binding before, there is a good chance that you are very familiar with the INotifyPropertyChanged interface. With this interface you can invoke an event whenever a value of a property has changed. The view notices this change, because of this event and updates the UI accordingly. While this … Read more

Working with Effects in Xamarin.Forms

When you have worked with Xamarin.Forms before you’ll know that the translation from the Forms control to a native control is done by renderers. If you, as a developer, would want to change anything about the way Forms renders it for you, you would have to subclass the whole renderer and create your custom logic … Read more

Embedding native controls in your Xamarin.Forms app

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As of version 2.3.3 and above of Xamarin.Forms it is now possible to embed native controls in your Forms app. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. Native controls, defined in XAML, from your PCL, without the need for any renderers whatsoever. Isn’t that just awesome?! So to be perfectly clear, this isn’t like … Read more

3D Touch your Xamarin(.Forms) app: apply pressure to icon area

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Now that I have got a new iPhone 7 that supports 3D Touch it’s about time to have a play with that! In case you have missed it, 3D Touch (or Force Touch) is a concept that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6s (Plus) and iOS 9. It lets you press the screen a bit … Read more

Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery for your Xamarin App – Video edition

This is a talk I did on a local Meetup group about continuous integration and continuous delivery for you Xamarin app. Mainly based on VSTS and HockeyApp but also naming some alternatives like Bitrise, TestFairy, Play Store and the App Store.

Because of time pressure it was a bit of a rush so if you have any questions please let me know!

Pro-tip: copy/paste URL to the iOS simulator

Just a quick tip if you need to copy and paste text to your iOS simulator. For an app we are developing we send out verification links through e-mail with a hash. After finding out that cmd + C & cmd + V weren’t working if actually did type if over more then once.. For … Read more