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Getting Started Videos
James over on The Xamarin Show has released some getting started videos which you might find useful:
Installing Visual Studio 2019 for Mobile Development
The Essential Git Handbook
Git is the most widely used version control system in the world today, but it can be a little scary to get started with. Here is a nice introduction for those of you trying to get to grips with it.
Prism - zero to hero
Here are the slides from a presentation by Charlin Agramonte on "Prism in Xamarin.Forms from zero to hero"
Prism: from Zero to Hero in Xamarin.Forms by Charlin Agramonte
How To Make Your Typography NOT suck
Typography can make or break a design. This article covers off what you need to know and provides some great guidance and links. The article is iOS-centric but applies to all platforms.
BUSINESS & MARKETING
Not even worth one star!
I’ve done it, you’ve done it, we’ve all done it. We’ve reacted with rage to some frustrating failure in an app, and left a negative, one star review. It’s a different experience though, when you are on the receiving end of these kinds of reviews.
Not even worth one star: Reacting constructively to App Store reviews by damian
Dev and Prod apps using Solution Configurations
Usually, we have at least two environments: development and production. So in order to be able to test both on the same device, we need to be able to install the same application pointing to each environment. In this article, Rendy will show you a step by step guide of doing just that by using the solution configurations.
Multiple application installation based on the solution configuration by Rendy
Make Build Output Useful
Here are a couple of options inside Visual Studio 2019 that might will make your build information a little bit better.
OT: Change Project Options in Visual Studio 2019 to Make Build Output Useful by Nick
ZXing is a great library for scanning barcodes and QR codes, but sometimes android can distort your images. But no more!
How to avoid a distorted Android camera preview with ZXing.Net.Mobile [Updated]
Background uploads and downloads, are you doing it wrong?
URLSession enables you to download and upload from the background. Although the basics seem to be easy, it’s quite hard to do it right. From the available resources and documentation, there are quite a few small things which are really important to make background uploading work.
URLSession: Common pitfalls with background download & upload tasks by Antoine Van Der Lee
Self Signed Certificates and Certificate Pinning
Nick Randolph has delved into the scary, murky world of Certificate Pinning.
Working with Self Signed Certificates (Certificate Pinning) in Windows (UWP) Application with Xamarin.Forms by Nick
It's all about the fingers
Gestures on a mobile device are super useful, your users have fingers, right? Here is a blog post that talks about adding gestures to your Xamarin.Forms apps.
Note: Post is in Portuguese
Color picker in Forms
A nice little popup color picker for Xamarin.Forms.
Note: Page is in French
Recording sound in Xamarin.Forms
Ever wanted to record and play back audio in Xamarin.Forms? Juliano shows you how you can achieve this using a nice little nuget called Plugin.AudioRecorder.
Note: Post is in Portuguese
Scaling in Xamarin.Forms
Xamarin.Forms contain many Animations API that is accessible in the shared code. Most animation sequences can be leveraged in the shared code reducing the need to implement any platform-specific code to handle animations.
Scaling Animations in Xamarin.Forms by Andrew Hoefling
Xamarin.Forms Android page transitions
This is a UI Challenge with a difference. It focuses on creating funky page transitions. Definitely worth a look.
Note: Post in Spanish
[Xamarin.Forms UI Challenge] Art News, transiciones entre páginas by Javier Suárez Ruiz
Rock Solid REST APIs
Nowadays, most mobile and desktop applications depend on external services for their information. Whether it is for the consumption of data or sending data via a REST API, or the download of data from a third-party source, you have to make sure it's rock solid. This article covers consuming REST API's using a great component called Polly.
Consume REST APIs in Your App in a Resilient Way with Polly and Xamarin Forms by Doumer
NUGET OF THE WEEK
Alan Ritchie has released Shiny - a new framework that tackles a bunch of problems like backgrounding and device hardware. This looks like it could be one of those essential nugets in your toolkit.
Introducing Shiny by Alan Ritchie
PODCASTS & VIDEOS
Refit to the rescue!
This week, James is joined by friend of the show & Microsoft MVP Geoffrey Huntley who show us how Refit can greatly simplify HTTP calls in mobile apps or any .NET application. He shows us how to integrate it into our apps, how it works, and how to do authentication too!
Detect Shake (Xamarin.Essentials API of the Week)
Xamarin.Essentials provides developers with cross-platform APIs for their mobile applications. On this week's Xamarin.Essential API of the week we take a look at the Detect Shake API to help you detect when a user shakes a device.
Detect Shake (Xamarin.Essentials API of the Week) by James Montemagno
Merge Conflict 147: I'm a Mac Developer!
James is official a macOS developer thanks to Xamarin.Forms! He ported My Stream Timer over to macOS from WPF in a matter of hours and he gives a full break down of the good, bad, and the ugly.
Grailkit update - Oooh Myyy
Grailkit has released version 3 of their toolkit and it looks amazing!
FFImageLoading is one of the essential image toolkits for all xamarin platforms. It's got an update you might be interested in