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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“ is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Bin” error on macOS Catalina

Since macOS Catalina I came across the error “ is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Bin” while running Xamarin.Forms reproductions for macOS apps. This is due to the more protective measures that are implemented. In this post I will tell you a little bit about it and more importantly; … Read more

Databinding Scope in Xamarin.Forms

A question I have seen coming by a lot is: how to trigger a command from the ContextAction on an item in the ListView. While it seems straight-forward, implementation can be a bit tricky. This has everything to do with the databinding scope. This post will give you some background and show you how it’s … Read more