XAML Standard Demystified


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


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.

A Developer’s Perspective on Microsoft’s /BUILD Announcements


As the makers of your beloved Telerik developer tools for .NET ninjas and as partners, Progress has a big presence at Microsoft’s /BUILD conference. We want developers to be successful as Microsoft shares their vision of what’s next for technology and how pervasive intelligent software can help shape our lives.

Here are my “developer perspectives” on key /BUILD Day 1 announcements. There was plenty to be excited for. It may be sunny outside, but the future is cloudy and sleepless with lots innovation coming out of Seattle.

Full article HERE.