Welcome back, dear readers.
We are a little light on the links this week, but still some amazing resources to go and check out.
Also, If you are looking for great Xamarin events, next month is MonkeyFest LATAM - looks like it's going to be another great Xamarin event.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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APP OF THE WEEK
Microsoft Garage interns REEL
This looks like a good app to dig into once it get's published to GitHub. It's a mobile app demonstrating different recommendation algorithms. Developed in Xamarin.Forms it displays movies recommendations to you based on the AI algorithms.
Microsoft Garage interns REEL: Xamarin.Forms + AI app by Maddy Leger
Sketch UI Kit for Xamarin.Forms
If you are looking for some resources to build out the design of your Xamarin.Forms app, then Syncfusion has a collection of hundreds of UI elements.
Android App Performance and Package Size Reduction
Mikolaj Kieres goes even deeper into the crazy world of Android App Reduction with a bunch of experiments.
Xamarin.Forms - Android App Performance and Package Size Reduction #XamarinChallenge by Mikolaj Kieres
(Some of) What's new in iOS13
At the Queensland C# Mobile Developers meetup group's August 2019 Meetup, Ryan Davis gave a talk covering what is new in iOS13. As usual, Ryan is full of amazing demos and information. If you want a leg-up on what's in the pipeline, check out this blog post.
GPS , Prism and Shiny together at last
Rendy shows you how you can combine Shiny and Prism to add location tracking support, which is a very common feature in enterprise applications.
FontImageSource Markup Extension
FontImageSource is a new way to use web fonts to render common images such as action buttons in your app. Before this was added into the platform in version Xamarin.Forms 3.6 you would have to create resources for each platfrom and treat it as an image. Now in Xamarin.Forms version 4.2 there is a brand new Markup Extension to simplify your XAML.
FontImageSource Markup Extension by Andrew Hoefling
Xampane, new Layouts for Xamarin.Forms
If you ever wanted to learn about creating your own layouts for Xamarin.Forms you'll want to check out this post by Javier Suarez Ruiz. In the post, he shows how you can create a whole bunch of different styles of layout.
Note: Post is in Spanish
Xampane, nuevos Layouts para Xamarin.Forms by Javier Suárez Ruiz
What’s new in CollectionView in Xamarin.Forms 4.2?
Xamarin.Forms 4.2 was released this week, and includes a number of updates to CollectionView. The main updates are outlined below. CollectionView now supports loading data incrementally as users scroll through items.
What’s new in CollectionView in Xamarin.Forms 4.2? by David Britch
PODCASTS & VIDEOS
Visual Studio for Mac: New Editor
In this video, Cody Beyer demonstrates the new editor in Visual Studio for Mac. He shows some of his favorite new features and tips to make the editor even more powerful.
Analyzing and Shrinking Android APKs
This week, James is joined by friend of the show Jon Douglas, Xamarin.Android Program Manager, walks us through tweaking and optimizing our Android APKs size. He shows off several tools to help analyze and diagnose large app sizes and what options are available to automatically shrink items.
Merge Conflict 164: Modding the Game Boy Color
We have talked about hardware hacking before, but this time it is actually hacking to enhance existing 20 year old hardware! We put a brand new backlit LCD into an original Game Boy Color. Follow along on our not so smooth adventure and find out how this hardware actually works!
Catch up on Xamarin Saturday!
The Toronto Xamarin User Group held a day of fantastic Xamarin content on August 24th. Not only did they live stream the whole thing for those of us who couldn't make it, they also left it available to watch on Youtube still. Great job to Dylan, Daniel and the team!
Also have a look at this summary of the event Xamarin Saturday 2019 Recap by Andrew Hoefling
Xamarin.Forms 4.2.0 is out!
A new version of Xamarin.Forms has hit NuGet feeds around the globe. Let’s take a quick peek at what has changed under the hood! Shell has taken the Xamarin.Forms world by storm it seems.
Breaking the Pancake mold
You may have used PancakeView in your Xamarin.Forms adventures in the past. Ever dreamed of breaking out of that rectangular/circular mold? Well, now you can with the latest PancakeView update!