Localization of the default iOS controls

When you are not from a English speaking country like myself, you will probably find yourself creating apps in your native language from time to time. Localization is something that you probably want to look into. While doing just that in Xamarin.Forms I noticed that, when using controls like the SearchBar (which is further explained in … Read moreLocalization of the default iOS controls

Reusable custom usercontrols with BindableProperty

While working on a project I had to develop multiple forms which involved multiple fields which required to input a (valid) date. Xamarin already included a default DatePicker. But I need one which could be fit into my form being a TableView, also provided by Xamarin. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t combine these two to create a … Read moreReusable custom usercontrols with BindableProperty

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – Using a Custom Renderer to enchant your UI

Cinderella - custom renderer featured image

While Xamarin.Forms provides a unified way to also create our UI from a single code base, the default controls tend to be just that; default controls. To be able to customize these, you can use a custom renderer. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with these controls and they can be used to … Read moreBibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – Using a Custom Renderer to enchant your UI

‘But without my voice, how can I…’ – Using DependencyService to implement Text-to-Speech

The Little Mermaid

If Ariel would’ve been born a few decades later (or existed at all, for that matter..), there would be no problem! She could just develop an app with text-to-speech capabilities and let that do the talking for her. In this post I will be looking at the DependencyService (documentation) and to demonstrate how that works I will … Read more‘But without my voice, how can I…’ – Using DependencyService to implement Text-to-Speech

Finding Nemo – Implementing Xamarin.Forms SearchBar

Finding Nemo

Xamarin.Forms gives you a component called the SearchBar (documentation), by default. In this post I will show you what it can do and how to use it. Like you would expect, this gives you a simple text edit box which is specifically designed to serve in search operations. To show you how easy it is … Read moreFinding Nemo – Implementing Xamarin.Forms SearchBar

Xamarin Android Emulator update

Xamarin Android Player

In an earlier post, where I talked about configuring your environment for development, I mentioned that the Android Emulator gave me a bit of a headache. On Planet Xamarin, a aggregator for multiple Xamarin minded blogs, I came across a post about making the Xamarin Android Player work. After following the instructions in the blog … Read moreXamarin Android Emulator update

Xamarin.Forms: from zero to hero – part 2

Hercules - From zero to hero

In my previous post I have covered the basics of starting with Xamarin, more specific Xamarin.Forms. There I have described that my first app would be a business app for the company I work for. In the meanwhile I have been working on this app to get it ready for the App Store, Market and/or Play … Read moreXamarin.Forms: from zero to hero – part 2

Xamarin.Forms: from zero to hero – part 1

Hercules - From zero to hero

Time to get my hands dirty, finally some programming! Or is it? Just a little bit of theory for now. Personally I always like to get some form of 101 before I start something. Today there is a nice little website that provides in that called YouTube. So before I actually got started I set … Read moreXamarin.Forms: from zero to hero – part 1

Setting up shop for Xamarin

Open Sign

Ok, so Xamarin is my weapon of choice. Now what? The plan of approach seemed pretty simple upfront: Get Xamarin Get developing Get filthy rich Using the words ‘seemed’ and ‘upfront’ together might already give away the clue a little bit doesn’t it? It wasn’t as easy as I thought.. The ingredients First off; how … Read moreSetting up shop for Xamarin

Xamarin: First contact, welcome to my blog

Xamarin logo

For quite some time now I have been working with all sorts of Microsoft technologies both professionally as for just the fun of it. Visual Studio is a breeze to work with, Azure is taking giant leaps, ASP.NET never made it easier to work with the web and now for Windows Phone making apps was never … Read moreXamarin: First contact, welcome to my blog