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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Creating User Controls in Xamarin Forms

Creating User Controls in Xamarin Forms

In my earlier blog about accordion user control, I just missed to explain about the whole need and purpose of user controls 🙂 . The concept of User Controls is not new, and exists in many different platforms including ASP.Net, XAML for Windows and Windows Phone as well as Web Forms. Basically the idea is to create a collection of controls that will be reused as a single control throughout the application.The User Control exposes properties allowing you to reuse…

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Xamarin Studio (on Mac) Vs Visual Studio (Windows) for Xamarin Forms

Xamarin Studio (on Mac) Vs Visual Studio (Windows) for Xamarin Forms

Now than Xamarin Community is free for everyone, we don’t require a Xamarin professional license to build Xamarin applications using Visual Studio However some of developers who are joining the Xamarin development for first time may think that which IDE should they start with in order to develop Xamarin applications. Some people have Mac (like me ) with Windows as Virtual Machine and Some may have just Windows. This article will help you understand the usability differences between Xamarin Studio…

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Simple POCO N SQL Generator in C#

Simple POCO N SQL Generator in C#

While starting to code for any new application we require to write POCO (Plain Old CLR Objects) classes for our database tables as Models (if you are using any ORM for data access) and also require the stored procedures for our database tables. The process is tough simple but most of time repetitive and just like other developers I try to avoid it, so I wrote this simple windows forms application which help me create database table POCO/model classes, Base…

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Getting ready for Xamarin Development

Getting ready for Xamarin Development

Many times when I talk about Xamarin Development people ask me that what all are needed for the development, what type of PC do we need, how Xamarin licenses works etc etc. Although these informations are provided with Xamarin documentation and scattered over internet, I thought it would be better if I consolidate them together and provide a step by step guide for any beginner to get ready for Xamarin development (specially Xamarin Forms as I work mainly on those)…

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