Happy Friday everyone!
It's with much sorrow we move to the end of #XamarinUIJuly, it's been super-fun to see so many great articles from the community over the past month. A big thumbs up to Steven Thewissen for spearheading the initiative and if you missed it you can check out a stream wrapping up the event.
Again, we have lots of great articles this week for your enjoyment. Personally, I'm heading off camping with the family for the weekend, so I'm going to unplug. But I leave you with this weeks Xamarin Weekly for your enjoyment.
Seeya next week.
NUGET OF THE WEEK
PODCASTS & VIDEOS
Introducing Andrew Hoefling
This week we are dropping in on Andrew Hoefling, a keen Xamarin community contributer based in Rochester, NY.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm Andrew Hoefling, and I work for FileOnQ as a Lead Software Engineer building mobile technologies for Government, Financial and First Responders using Xamarin.
Tell us one thing we probably don't know about you?
I used to be a Fire Fighter/EMT and have always wanted to make software better for first responders. I also played Roller Derby up until this year
How did you first get into Xamarin development?
I was working on a WPF app and saw how similar Xamarin was and decided that I would spend my nights learning how to set up a Xamarin Project. It was not very easy back then, I wrote a blog about how I got it all working. At the time I couldn't figure out how to get the android emulator working and only had an iPhone to test on with no macOS to build. https://www.andrewhoefling.com/Blog/Post/how-to-develop-ios-without-a-mac
What has been the most enjoyable project you have built using Xamarin?
I really enjoyed building the mobile app for DNN Summit 2019. While at the conference I saw everyone using the app which is something you never get to see as an app developer.
What advice would you give someone looking at getting started with Xamarin development?
There is a lot of content on Channel 9 and throughout the community about building Xamarin Apps. Find the popular Xamarin Twitch streamers and watch them build apps.
What are the MUST HAVE tools, resources and libraries that you use when building Xamarin apps?
I love building my apps with Prism Library. I have used many of the popular MVVM technologies and when building Xamarin.Forms apps I use prism.
Where do you think mobile will be in 5 years?
Mobile is starting to blend with IoT devices such as wearables. I can see mobile being thought of no longer as the smart phones we have today but just small devices that perform some type of task. This could be a watch, glasses, AR, etc.
To keep up with everything Andrew is up to, hit up some of these links