Xamarin.Forms on the Web

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XAML powering web apps. Based on who you talk to, this brings back the fondest developer memories or a recollection of things gone horribly wrong. While .NET developers enjoyed the ease of development and tooling richness, perhaps the plug-in model just went to die on the web. However, if you are a .NET/C#/XAML aficionado, there may be some new developments providing hope for native technologies powering web apps again. Xamarin.Forms is going places and for developers, this means more platforms to target from shared codebase. This article explores the promise of Xamarin.Forms on the web, debunks some myths and looks ahead at what’s to come in future.

Full article HERE.

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Light Up Mac Apps with Xamarin.Forms

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The promise of Xamarin.Forms has been undeniable for developers – write apps in C#/XAML and reach a variety of platforms. Xamarin democratizes mobile development for .NET developers with two huge wins – reuse existing skills and build apps for popular mobile platforms. And you can light up your Xamarin mobile apps with polished performant UI controls with Telerik UI for Xamarin – you should try it.

But mobile isn’t everything, Could Xamarin.Form’s reach be stretched to other platforms? Turns out, the world can be an oyster for .NET developers and lots of efforts are underway to substantially increase Xamarin.Form’s potential across platforms. This article explores the possibilities for native MacOS apps through Xamarin.Forms – yup, Mac apps written in C#/XAML with no platform-specific code!

Full article HERE.

Adding a Calendar to Your Xamarin.Forms Apps with the Telerik Calendar

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Are you already building cross-platform native mobile apps using Xamarin.Forms? If so, great job picking your technology stack! After all, where else could you reuse your skills in C#/XAML to make apps that run on every platform with a truly unified single codebase? While Xamarin provides a vast array of frameworks, IDEs, and integrations, apps may sill need controls outside of those included in Xamarin.Forms. Rather than building your own custom control, developers may prefer to grab a well-engineered, performant UI control out-of-the-box from a service such as Telerik to help ship apps faster. Think of a polished UI as your must-have “wow” factor; that’s what you’ll get with Telerik UI for Xamarin.

Calendars keep our lives organized and productive; everyone uses them and increasingly so in digitally, so it’s no surprise that your mobile app may need to display a calendar and manage events. Turns out, however, calendar UI is tricky business, and the little details make all the difference.

The Telerik Calendar in UI for Xamarin is designed so you can offer your users the ultimate in productivity in your apps with various calendar scenarios. Yes, these are truly native calendars on every mobile platform, simply rendered through the Xamarin.Forms abstraction. The Telerik Calendar not only capitalizes on all of the innate benefits provided by native UI, it also exposes properties/events in C# to allow developers full customization and flexibility. This post introduces Telerik UI for Xamarin and then dives head first into leveraging the Telerik Calendar to explore all of the available customization options for developers.

Full article HERE.

Why the Command Line? Why now?

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Modern developers are often polyglots — they dabble in different operating systems, programming languages, frameworks and tools as they build the next generation of applications. On top of that, modern applications run on a variety of platforms and devices, all leading to very mixed developer skill sets and tools of the trade.

No longer are developers stuck on a platform or tooling silo — developers should be able to use any development platforms and tools of their choice to build applications. This is the new mindset, and modern application frameworks are catering to the flexibility developers want.

It is fair to say that Command Line and CLI (Command Line Interface) Tools have made a big comeback with developers, thanks to their cross-platform flexibility. Developers love CLI tools that give them the freedom to work from any operating system and pick the tools of their trade. This trend is enhanced by the fact that most development platforms these days offer CLI tools first and then add GUI tools on top of that.

Let’s take a quick look as to why CLI is enjoying resurgence amongst modern developers and what’s in it for you. Full article HERE.

XAML Standard Demystified

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Most spoken languages in the world have various dialects. And this isn’t a bad thing since it adds to the diversity and richness of the given language. Trouble crops up when language dialects become combative – refusing to co-exist and forcing one’s wishes onto another. Poor humans now have to understand multiple dialects to make sense of language in varying contexts.

This story may ring a bell for .NET developers. Yup, sounds alot like XAML development, doesn’t it? Various .NET application platforms have been speaking their own versions of XAML and developers suffer with a lack of reusability and having to learn contextual XAML dialects. There is a panacea on its way though – the XAML Standard.

Announced at Build in mid-2017, XAML Standard promises a uniform XAML vocabulary across platforms and aims to wash away developer pains through an universal specification. This article unpacks the promise and challenges facing XAML Standard.

Full article HERE.

The Xamarin Live Player Unpacked

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It is 2017, and it is almost criminal to say that your app doesn’t work on a given mobile platform. This means, most mobile developers are building cross-platform apps. Xamarin has helped democratize cross-platform mobile development for .NET developers. You get world-class IDEs and tooling to build your Xamarin apps on any platform.

But deploying apps to devices remains tricky – developers often have to deal with native platform SDKs, varying OS versions and device provisioning. It’s a pain to get your cross-platform app running on your device!

At Microsoft BUILD this year they announced Xamarin Live Player, which aims to ease some of this pain of deploying apps to devices. Is it the panacea for seamless app deployments across all mobile devices?

While Xamarin Live Player may just be getting started, the promise is there for sure. This article explores Xamarin Live Player in all its glory and some fallacies. The age of easy mobile app deployments is upon us.

Full article HERE.