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Some Common Xamarin.Forms XAML Control Properties
Xamarin.Forms is an attractive option when building cross platform apps, but for an old XAML developer like myself it can be a challenge to get the nuances of the grammar and syntax right. For Windows I’ve depended on tools like Blend and Visual Studio Intellisense to help me understand what’s possible. Moving to Xamarin XAML is sometimes tedious because while I can use the intellisense from the C# code behind file it’s not there yet in a designer. While there’s some posts out there that compare ......

Posted On Monday, December 29, 2014 11:44 AM

Working with Xamarin Forms and Navigation
I'm creating a Xamarin.Forms project, using XAML for markup that includes an authentication page when the app starts. I am using a TabbedPage (also tried CarouselPage) as the container of my main UI and plan to have several pages displayed. The first page (myDashboard) checks to see if the user has authenticated and if not I want to display a modal login page. When they return I would like to load data based on their user id. What's happening is that the Dashboard page loads and is immediately overlaid ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:47 PM

CloudTip 15-Avoid a gotcha in naming projects with Mobile Services
Short Answer – Don’t use special characters in a Mobile Service’s project name when you create it, the local SQL won’t be able to open the database and you may spend a lot of time figuring out why chasing down false leads… The Long Answer… In my last role at Microsoft as an Azure Evangelist I posted a series of cloud tips, which were intended to be quick tips for using the latest tools & services. This one is the next in that series, and focuses around some esoteric gotcha’s that come up when ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2014 10:49 AM

How to detect an iOS device when working with Xamarin and Visual Studio
Xamarin + WAMS = Happiness (well, most of the time) First some background…I spent the last couple months trying to figure out the best approach for cross-platform development stuff. After some research and working thru some POC’s with Apache Cordova, Native and Xamarin we decided to go down the path of Xamarin as the tool of choice. We did this for a few reasons, including that we can use C# for the code, that with Xamarin Forms it supports XAML as our markup which has a native backend for handling ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2014 9:08 AM

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