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?! Whoa! Native controls? In XAML? Awesome right?! But … 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

Snppts.io: share your amazing Xamarin.Forms designs!

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For the past few weeks, me and my good friend Steven have been busy creating a platform for sharing your beautiful custom UIs in Xamarin Forms, a template if you will. 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 … Read more

Using custom fonts on iOS and Android with Xamarin.Forms

Although I wouldn’t recommend doing it too much – you should avoid it to create a most consistent user experience – there are certain scenarios in which you would want to show custom fonts. In a recent project, this is something I needed to do! Being the nice guy that I am, I won’t keep this … Read more

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 more

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

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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 more

Xamarin.Forms: from zero to hero – part 2

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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 more