Embedding native controls in your Xamarin.Forms app

Embedding native controls in your Xamarin.Forms app header

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

Be ahead! Test your apps with the latest iOS (beta) version

After installing the latest Xamarin.iOS beta build I got an error message while building. ‘This version of Xamarin.iOS requires the iOS 10.0 SDK (shipped with Xcode 8.0) when the managed linker is disabled. Either upgrade Xcode, or enable the managed linker.’ That’s pretty self-explanatory, right? So if you want to go quick and dirty just … Read more

Push notifications with Xamarin – iOS

iOS Push notifications

As promised in my previous post I will continue this series with implementing the app code, in this case iOS. Fortunately, this is the hardest one so it only gets easier from here! Be prepared… Before we do anything there is a little preparation we need to do. On the server side a little Azure magic … 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 a custom font. In a recent project, this is something I needed to do! Being the nice guy that I am, I won’t keep … Read more

Sleeping Beauty – Making your iOS app sleeping beautifully

Sleeping Beauty

Sometimes you will find yourself creating an app which contains sensitive user information. I found myself there. Of course, you want to protect it the best you can. So you encrypt it, double salt it, encrypt it again, put it in a fortified building, set it up with Touch ID. Yet a small forgotten detail could … Read more