My new tool for creating Xamarin app Icons

My new tool for creating Xamarin app Icons

In my article to configure App Icons for Xamarin apps, I mentioned about a tool ‘MakeAppIcon‘ for creating app icons for mobile apps. However as I mentioned in the article too that it didn’t support creating icon images for UWP apps. Then my Twitter friend and Xamarin MVP Adam Pedley told me about this awesome open source tool Downsize to create / manage app icons. However it’s an command line tool and I don’t like command line tools (that’s just…

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Xamarin DevCon 2017 at c-sharpcorner

Xamarin DevCon 2017 at c-sharpcorner

On 18th March 2017 c-sharpcorner hosted Xamarin Devcon 2017 a full day Xamarin event and they gave me the opportunity to organise that event. Around 30 people attended the event. The event was based on Xamarin Dev Day format, where I started the day with session “Native iOS, Android, Mac, & Windows Mobile Apps in C# with Xamarin” which had information about complete mobile app development solutions provided by Xamarin, Hemant Sharma from Pitney Bowes took session on Xamarin Forms…

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Using OxyPlot with Xamarin Forms

Using OxyPlot with Xamarin Forms

Those who are working with Xamarin.Forms know that there is no out of box support for charts/graphs in Xamarin Forms. If you want to show any data report in the form of charts/graph like Pie, Bar etc you will have to use third party graph controls like Syncfusion (Some Xamarin pre-built examples use these), Infragistics or Telerik controls and you have to pay license fee for same. There is an little known open source plotting library for Xamarin Forms called…

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Get Specific Branch of GitHub Repo Using Xamarin Studio

Get Specific Branch of GitHub Repo Using Xamarin Studio

A few months back Miguel de Icaza twitted that they are working on Xamarin Forms version of Mac and I got excited as I always wanted to develop apps for Mac but didn’t want to invest my time in learning the working of Xamarin.Mac and also I am more comfortable and good (that’s what I think 😉 ) in Xamarin Forms. From twitter itself I came to know that there is a separate branch for macOS in Xamarin.Forms Github Repository…

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Getting Started with Visual Studio For Mac Preview

Getting Started with Visual Studio For Mac Preview

On 16th November 2016 Nat Friedman and James Montemagno introduced Visual Studio for Mac, the newest member of the Visual Studio family at Connect(); 2016 event. I thought lets give it a try so I installed the same and went through the project templates available in it. This blog is kind of getting started guide to install Visual Studio For Mac. Installation: The installation of Visual Studio For Mac is very simple once you download the installation setup from Visual…

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Using Microsoft Cognitive Services with Xamarin Forms

Using Microsoft Cognitive Services with Xamarin Forms

A few days back I saw this awesome video on Channel 9 by James Montemagno and I learned about Microsoft Cognitive Services. The services are pretty awesome and another awesome thing is that currently they are free 🙂 (up to certain number of calls). The sample application which James showed in video is in Xamarin Native so I thought let me build the same application in Xamarin.Forms. In this blog we will create a Xamarin.Forms mobile application which will use…

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Implement Custom fonts using Effects in Xamarin Forms

Implement Custom fonts using Effects in Xamarin Forms

Recently I had requirement to use custom fonts (a font other than one present in device) in one of my Xamarin forms app, so I looked for the same in Xamarin documentation and found that the example is using Custom render to implement the same in android app. This would have been fine before Xamarin Forms 2.3 was released, but now we have an awesome feature called Effects to implement these kind of small platform specific customization, so that we…

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Configure App Icons in Xamarin Forms App.

Configure App Icons in Xamarin Forms App.

Sometimes things seem more confusing than we think, like setting up the app icons and splash screen in Xamarin Forms iOS application 🙂 so I thought why not document this in a single place for all 3 platforms (iOS, Android & UWP). This post will mainly cover how to do it in Visual Studio, however similar steps can be followed in Xamarin Studio also. The only place to configure the app icons and splash screens (for iOS & UWP not…

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SQLite with Xamarin Forms Step by Step guide

SQLite with Xamarin Forms Step by Step guide

In many mobile applications it’s a requirement to store data locally and for that purpose we use databases with the applications. The type of database to use mainly depends upon the requirement of the application, but in most of MIS (Management Information Systems) based application relational databases are used for this purpose. The most commonly used relational database with Xamarin Forms is SQLite. It is the best suited relational database for mobile applications as it has very small footprint. This…

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Localizing Xamarin.Forms with Hindi Language

Localizing Xamarin.Forms with Hindi Language

India is a very versatile country with 23 constitutionally recognized official languages 🙂 out of those 9 are can be found in the MS Global list of languages codes used in providing localization to applications. What can be the best way to provide example of localization in Xamarin forms than to provide an example to which all Indians can relate to 🙂 our national language Hindi as the default documentation of Xamarin Forms provides examples in all the other languages…

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