James Montemagno
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The Xamarin.Android Template Pack Returns for VS 2017

A few years back I published some awesome Xamarin.Android item and project templates to simplify development with Android’s AppCompat libraries. The item templates have actually found their way into Visual Studio, which is pretty awesome: What about the project templates? Well I am hoping for this fall to unleash brand new templates for Xamarin.Android directly in the box, but until then I have updated my Visual Studio template pack for Visual Studio 2017 and it now includes: Blank & Single-…

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Dynamically Changing Xamarin.Forms Tab Icons When Selected

Spicing up your Xamarin.Forms tab can easily be done in a few ways. You can add tint color in Android when the user deselects a tab, which can also be done in iOS in addition to a full swap of a selected image. It was recently pointed out to me that these blogs highlighted a way of adding back a bit of nativeness, but didn't answer a different question of how to actually completely change the icon itself when a tab is selected. This question caught me off guard as I have never really changed th…

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Why Xamarin.Forms Embedding Matters

Last week I wrote about Xamarin.Forms Embedding, a great new feature of Xamarin.Forms, that enables developers to convert a Xamarin.Forms ContentPage to an iOS UIViewController, Android Fragment, and a UWP Page. I walked through the current setup and a real world example of adding a Xamamarin.Forms details pages to my Xamarin Native application which previously only had native Storyboards and Android XML pages. When I originally got this setup and working I was blown away by this feature and it…

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Embedding Xamarin.Forms into a Xamarin Native App #TheFuture

You know I love Xamarin.Forms, but I also absolutely love Xamarin Native with iOS Storyboards, Android XML, and all of that UWP goodness. When you want to build an app that opens in sub-2 seconds, super optimized, and takes advantage of every custom control and animation out there (especially with material design) you have to go Xamarin Native. That is why the next evolution and favorite new feature, Xamarin.Forms embedding, of Xamarin.Forms enables you to embed any Xamarin.Forms ContentPage int…

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