Introducing Gur.Codes(); my Xamarin vlog!

Gur.Codes(); Featured Image

As a addition to my blogs I have been writing here for quite some time now, I thought; what can I do to take it to the next level? And so I have started my own vlog as well! Gur.Codes(); is born. What is The Vlog About? As you are used to from me, by … Read more

Continuous integration/continuous delivery for your Xamarin app with VSTS and HockeyApp – Part Android

VSTS loves HockeyApp and Android too!

In addition to my previous posts about this subject, I got some reactions that it was iOS only! And I can’t deny that. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m an iOS guy and I’m proud of it! Nevertheless, one of the main advantages of Xamarin is that you can swing both ways (and even … Read more

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

NuGet Gold nuggets

While Xamarin delivers a nice set of controls and functionalities with Xamarin.Forms, there is always room for improvement. This is where NuGet packages come in! 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 … Read more

Beauty and the beast – Use MVVM to unleash inner beauty

Beauty and the Beast

While your UI is very important (very, very important on mobile!) to your end-user, we must not forget that our project has to be maintainable and thus also has to be beautiful on the inside. There are numerous techniques and design-patterns to help us with that. One of them is Model-View-ViewModel MVVM, which I will cover in … Read more

‘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 and to demonstrate how that works I will implement a … Read more

Finding Nemo – Implementing Xamarin.Forms SearchBar

Finding Nemo

Xamarin.Forms gives you a component called the SearchBar, by default. 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 to implement, I will demonstrate how I built it into the sample app I have been using … Read more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more