Another great newsletter this week with lots of variety of articles. Thanks again to everyone for your amazing contributions!
Not much to report from Weekly Xamarin HQ. I have a free weekend for the first time in ages this weekend, and am looking forward to writing some code and working on blogs :)
Whatever you get up to, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
See you next week, Luce ❤️
What’s New for Xamarin Developers in Visual Studio 2019 Previews
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 Preview 2 and Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.3 Preview 2 have been released and with it, Hot Reload is in Preview!!!!
What’s New for Xamarin Developers in Visual Studio 2019 Previews by Pierce Boggan
Beautiful Xamarin.Forms XAML Layouts with the Golden Ratio
The golden ratio has been identified naturally in nature for hundreds of years. Likewise, in art and architecture, it has been a staple of good composition. In short, humans just find layouts that exhibit the golden ratio naturally pleasing to the eye. It is just magic.
Beautiful Xamarin.Forms XAML Layouts with the Golden Ratio by Robin Schroeder
Introducing Boots: Streamline Xamarin Continuous Integration
Many Xamarin developers take advantage of Azure DevOps or Visual Studio App Center to build and release their mobile applications. Each environment has its own installation of Mono, Xamarin, and everything you would need to build your Xamarin project. Internally, Microsoft use a tool that can install specific builds of Mono, Xamarin, etc. on CI systems. It has been extremely valuable to pin builds to a specific version of Mono, Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.iOS. They wanted all Xamarin developers to be able to do this, and so Boots was born!
Introducing Boots: Streamline Xamarin Continuous Integration by Jonathan Peppers
MediaPlayerElement: Plug and play and crossplatform UI video control
Until now, LibVLCSharp.Forms was providing you with a Xamarin.Forms View with video: the VideoView. You had to implement the usual media player controls and buttons yourself, which was not very convenient when all you want is to get up and running quickly, to focus on your core app functionality (which may not be video playback). Enter the MediaPlayerElement!
MediaPlayerElement: Plug and play and crossplatform UI video control by mtz
The Essential UI Kit for Xamarin.Forms is Ready to Use
Essential UI Kit is now available to the Xamarin community! This update comes with more than 35 reusable XAML pages with the new Visual Studio extension.
Xamarin.Forms - Implement CI/CD using App Center
In this blog post, you will learn how to implement Continuous Integration(CI) and Deployment (CD) using App Center in Xamarin.Forms mobile app. Introduction Xamarin.Forms code runs on multiple platforms - each of which has its own filesystem.
Xamarin.Forms - Implement CI/CD using App Center by Delpin Susai Raj
Header, footer and grouped information in our ListViews in Xamarin Forms
Nowadays, we work with applications that handle a big data sources and that frequently needs to be displayed in a ListView. Working with this control type, it’s important to know that if we just display all the data, it can be overwhelming for our users and that’s not the idea.
Header, footer and grouped information in our ListViews in Xamarin Forms by Leomaris Reyes
Adding a Search Bar to Xamarin.Forms.NavigationPage
Search bars are super useful for a variety of scenarios but they aren't there by default on a Navigation Page in Xamarin.Forms. In this post, Brandon takes you through the steps to achieve just that.
Adding a Search Bar to Xamarin.Forms.NavigationPage by Brandon Minnick
ZXing Barcode Scanning on Android Skipping Frames Issue
ZXing is a well-known library allowing the scanning of barcodes. However it sometimes has an issue on Android with skipping frames. In this post, Gerald discusses a way to solve this issue.
ZXing Barcode Scanning on Android Skipping Frames Issue by Gerald Versluis
NUGET OF THE WEEK
Kodjo Laurent Egbakou has created a NuGet package to allow you to easily get information about Countries from REST Countries(https://restcountries.eu). In this article, he helps you get started using it.
Getting Started with RESTCountries.NET by Kodjo Laurent EGBAKOU
PODCASTS & VIDEOS
We Love Us Some Android!
In this month's episode James and Matt love Android almost as much as they love going to the dentist ... seriously! There's a ton of Android goodness to discuss and they tackle it all!
Xamarin.Forms 101: Design Time Data
This week in Xamarin.Forms 101, Maddy shows us how to visualize your application with design time data with the built in XAML Previewer for iOS and Android.
Xamarin.Forms 101: Design Time Data by Maddy Leger
Merge Conflict: 162: Throttle Those Cancellations
What is the best way to keep your UI responsive and at peak performance? This week on Merge Conflict, they look at ways of properly throttling and using cancelation tokens efficiently.
DevTalk 17: GraphQL. With Brandon Minnick
In episode 17 of DevTalk, Kerry speaks to Brandon Minnick of Microsoft about using GraphQL to query your API.
Introducing Veronika Kolesnikova
Xamarin Introductions are back and this week we have Veronika Kolesnikova, a developer at RightPoint who not only loves Xamarin but is a Microsoft MVP for AI too!
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Web Developer at Rightpoint, Microsoft MVP (AI) Passionate about backend web development, mainly with Microsoft technologies like C#, .NET, Azure, Xamarin. Public speaker, hackathon volunteer. Curious about mobile, ML and AR. Veronika holds a master degree in Information Technology.
Tell us one thing we probably don't know about you?
One of my hobbies is aerial yoga
How did you first get into Xamarin development?
I was always curios about mobile development, but I never really had time to properly learn Swift or Java/Kotlin, so I was excited to try Xamarin with C# as soon as I heard about it
What has been the most enjoyable project you have built using Xamarin?
My Mixology app where I'm trying new Xamarin features. Great way to learn when you have a fun app to play with
What advice would you give someone looking at getting started with Xamarin development?
Learn from different sources: Microsoft docs, twitch, Pluralsight, attend local meetups and conferences. Xamarin community is amazing and people will be happy to help you.
What are the MUST HAVE tools, resources and libraries that you use when building Xamarin apps?
Xamarin.Essentials, Plugin.Xam.Media, Visual Studio, Xamarin Hot reload, a lot of other tools
Where do you think mobile will be in 5 years?
I'm sure mobile is the future. Smartphones will become the main devices and most of new technologies will be mobile oriented.
To keep up with everything Veronika is up to, hit up some of these links
Flutter vs Xamarin
Luis has gone there, yes, he's written an article on Flutter vs Xamarin. It's always interesting to have a look at different frameworks and the various advantages and disadvantages. It's also equally important to realize that different frameworks and tools might be suited better to different projects and skillsets. Despite the slightly click-bait title this isn't a winner takes all article, it's more of a discussion on various aspects of comparison.