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.

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The Xamarin ListView on Steroids

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It’s 2017. We have been using smartphones for over 10 years now. And with time, our expectations of sophistication from mobile apps has grown exponentially. As users, we want immediate feedback, support for all gestures and impeccable performance from apps. Keep all this in mind as you build your next cross-platform mobile app with Xamarin.

As is the case, most apps need to display a list of things. And most often, the developer’s choice of user interface control is the ubiquitous ListView. Sure you can start with the vanilla ones and build features of your own – but wouldn’t you rather focus on your app’s functionality, than sweating over perfecting the ListView’s interactivity?

Call me biased, but I prefer well-engineered polished and performant UI controls out of the box – like the cross-platform Xamarin.Forms ListView that comes with Telerik UI for Xamarin. This article dives into some advanced features of the Telerik ListView and how you could implement them easily in your apps. Your users will invariably expect all this from a modern app – will you deliver?

Full article HERE.

Enhance Your Xamarin.Forms Apps with Telerik Charts!

You can have your cake and eat it too – that’s the promise of Xamarin.Forms by letting you write C# towards making native cross-platform mobile apps. All the while, you can stay in your favorite code editor, reuse libraries and share code (business logic + UI) between apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

If you are displaying data in your cross-platform Xamarin.Forms app, you can improve your app with some awesome charts using Telerik UI for Xamarin. Telerik charts give you everything you expect out-of-the-box – a huge variety of modern charts, superb performance, mobile-specific rendering, easy data bindings and full touch interactivity. This article walks you through how to combine Xamarin.Forms and Telerik Charts to make great cross-platform mobile apps. Let’s jump in.

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

Kendo UI MVC Scaffolding Vs. Unrealistic Deadlines

You have deadlines and deliverables. Your boss does not understand the intricate complexities of the ASP.NET MVC web application you are building. You get asked for a quick display of a custom data on web pages, and heck, they even want data editing options. And all this should be done by the end of the day Friday!

You have always loved Kendo UI-powered UI web widgets, but you know it takes time to build the bridge between your custom data objects and actually displaying it via the MVC controllers. Supporting CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations on the data all the way back to your repositories is a whole other issue.

Relax. Allow Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC to help. With the new developer-friendly MVC scaffolding, it is drop-dead easy to hook up your custom data to MVC UI controls and even support CRUD operations out of the box. Yes, you can deliver by Friday and get out to enjoy summer this next weekend. Let this article show you how!

Read the whole article on TDN over HERE.

Adios!

Web Menus for the Modern Touch World

Think the web you make can handle touch? Lack of hover making you lose sleep? Web menus not being adaptive when viewed on mobile devices? Yeah, we developers have all been there and I documented few of my tricks. Check out my article on the Telerik Developer Network, along with a host of other awesome topics from my Telerik Developer Advocate colleagues.

Write-up, sample code & demos over HERE @ the Telerik Dev Network.

Thanks for reading. Adios!

 

New Day .. New Role @ Telerik!

April 2013. After years of being a consultant and having seen some of the best/worst that enterprise software development entails, it was time to see how’s life in a product company. And having already used/advocated Telerik products for years, I didn’t have to look around much either. Thus started work as a Senior Technical Trainer for the Telerik Services team. Now, trainer is an interesting word. If you already develop cool software, like to play with & talk about new technologies, and have a big involvement in the developer community, you’ll be surprised how easy training comes to you. It’s no more than dev to dev straight talk! Now, don’t get me wrong – training is plenty challenging. If you’re teaching a group of 30 enterprise developers for a week, you better know your stuff inside out, for the utter fear of humiliation. Prep, practice & repeat, no shortcuts! The past year has been a lot of fun – I travelled & stayed at home; did offsite, onsite & remote training on a whole slew of Telerik products suites. It’s always great to see what clients are actually building with your dev tools; and you grow with every new experience. But all good things come to an end .. I’m starting in a new role inside Telerik today!

Now, I can’t move on without mentioning what’s been the biggest influence on me for the past year. Steve & Michelle Smith, and the whole Telerik Services gang (ex-NimblePros) at the Hudson office. I’ve worked with many dev teams before, but no where else have I seen so many software craftsmen under one roof. Folks like Steve, Brendan, Jimmy, Kevin, Todd, Jeff, Chris, Craig, Weston, Caitlin, JoLene, Molly and others – are just crazy smart; and I’ve learnt a lot from each. Not only are they some of the best developers/designers I’ve seen around, but the whole team is like a family that values each other. Cheers to everyone at the Hudson office; it has truely been a pleasure!

Now, on to what’s next. When you find a position that’s a perfect fit, but challenges you with new work – you dive in. Starting today, I’m a Developer Advocate for Telerik in the Developer Relations team, lead by the awesome Rey Bango. My partners in crime? Glad you asked – how about a team with Michael Crump, Jeff Fritz, Burke Holland, John Bristowe, TJ Vantoll, Brian Rinaldi, Jim CowartDhananjay Kumar, Lohith Nagaraj & other super smart folks. Humbling for sure with the kind of reputation each have in our community, but exciting because we’ll get to do awesome stuff together!

Is .NET/Microsoft and Telerik DevTools your bread & butter? Do Windows apps excite you or the ubiquitousness of the web? Have you embraced JavaScript as the assembly language of the web? And off course, you are into all things mobile & the cloud/backend services. And cross-platform development isn’t for the cool kids any more; you cannot afford to not reach every potential user across any technology stack. Just like you my polyglot friend, I love it all! Let’s bridge the gap between the enterprise & hipster world. Using or considering Telerik products? Hit me up & let’s talk.

Cheers!