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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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