Happy Friday everyone and hope you have had a great week.
In just the blink of an eye it is almost the end of January. For me the ongoing frustration of moving house and doing home renovations is real. But soon I will have a new office to work from which I am excited about.
Speaking of excitement, there is a new version of Visual Studio 2019 16.5 Preview 2 which has been released with Hot Restart for code changes. That is definitely something to check out.
Lots of great links in the newsletter this week. Thanks to Luce who has put many of the links together for this weeks issue and as always, thanks to the community for so much great content.
Have a great weekend!
A look at Mobile Blazor Bindings [Spanish]
We recently had a .NET Conf Day, dedicated to Blazor. It had some big announcements, but the huge one for us as Xamarin developers was Mobile Bindings for Blazor. If you are interested trying it out, Javier shows you how to get started.
Automatically scale FontSize on Label
There are a few reasons you might want to dynamically change your font size including varying lengths and different device resolutions. So Marco shows you how to write an Effect to help with this!
XfEffects: Forms Effect to automatically scale FontSize on Label by Marco Siccardi
A bag full of tiny tools
This site is a collection of free single-purpose online tools. Whilst It's designed for web developers, there are lots of great utilities that you will find in here for mobile developers. For example, image size reduction, font tools, color tools, json tools, regular expression tools. A very handy little site.
Using the Xamarin.Forms Nightly Feed
Whether you want to check out the latest and greatest features, or see if that bug you reported got fixed. There are a number of good reasons to check out the Xamarin.Forms Nightly Feed. In this post you will learn what the nightly feed is exactly and how you can use it yourself.
Cruise Mobile UI, Part 2
Our very own Kym is well known for his beautiful UI challenges so we love it when the community also try their hand. This is Part 2 in a series where Andreas recreate a Cruise Mobile UI. The results are fantastic!
Xamarin UI Challenge - Cruise Mobile UI, Part 2 by Andreas Nesheim
Replicating Food UI Sample
Leomaris Reyes has been doing some Xamarin UI Challenges also. Check out this lovely Food UI reproduction.
Xamarin.Forms Logging with AppCenter
Logging is very important. How else are we going to debug those weird issues? Robin shows you how to use AppCenter to get your app logs in an easy to access place.
Xamarin.Forms: Customizing the Entry control [Spanish]
Sometimes we want to customise controls, like the Entry control, to be consistent accross platforms. But maybe we don't want to apply the only Visual option at the moment, Material from Google.
Xamarin.Forms: Customizing the Entry control by Jesus Angulo
Fixing a partial button ripple effect on Samsung devices
Although this is specifically about an issue with Samsung devices, there are also some useful tips Steven adds about approaching solving issues you come across.
Fixing a partial button ripple effect on Samsung devices by Steven Thewissen
Dual Screen SDK for Surface Duo with Xamarin.Forms | Xamarin Blog
Microsoft recently announced the Surface Duo, the start of a future with dual screen devices. Xamarin has now released their public preview SDK for Surface Duo support.
Dual Screen SDK for Surface Duo with Xamarin.Forms by David Ortinau
PODCASTS & VIDEOS
Xamarin Podcast: It’s a Brand New Decade!
Keeping up with the latest in .NET, C#, Xamarin, and Azure is easier than ever. Co-hosts Matt Soucoup and James Montemagno cover a range of topics relevant to Xamarin developers from designing mobile apps to identity management.
Merge Conflict: 185: Frank Hates Dark Mode
James and Frank are back talking about designing beautiful applications that span both light and dark modes. While maybe Frank doesn't hate dark mode, he has great tips and tricks that they discuss to make your app pop.
Merge Conflict: 185: Frank Hates Dark Mode by Merge Conflict
Color Converters (Xamarin.Essentials API of the Week)
On this week's Xamarin.Essential API of the week, take a look at built in color converters and helper methods simplifying development.
Color Converters (Xamarin.Essentials API of the Week) by James Montemagno
MFractor 3.10 - Smarter code fixes plus image and color tooltips
MFractor 3.10 is out with some great new features! This post summarises what is available.
MFractor 3.10 - Smarter code fixes plus image and color tooltips by Matthew Robbins