James Montemagno
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James Montemagno

App Design

Animate Anything with Xamarin.Forms

I have been building apps with Xamarin.Forms for nearly 6 years now! I love how it has evolved over the years, added new controls, new features, and simplified everything with Shell. While I think I can build pretty decent apps in general, one thing that I have ¬†always struggled with is animations. The very first release of Xamarin.Forms had a built in animation system to fade, move, and scale any of the controls. These are great and there have been several videos on how to use these: One thing…

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Xamarin.Forms Custom Fonts Simplified & Everywhere

It was just about 1 year ago when I wrote about using font icons for images inside of Xamarin.Forms apps. Well time has flown by and now more than ever is the time to go all in on custom fonts and font icons because with Xamarin.Forms 4.6 everything got so much easier! Custom fonts in Xamarin.Forms ShellSo, let's start off with the basics when it comes to fonts. You usually think about fonts as just a fancy way to display text. However, with resources such as Font Awesome you can use fonts as ic…

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The Beautiful & Complex FlexLayout Comes to Hanselman.Forms

Last week I wrote about my new quest to fully optimize and enhance Hanselman.Forms. This involves using the latest and greatest in Xamarin.Forms and Xamarin.Essentials, but it also means spicing up the app with some lovely visuals and design. My first quest was to re-design the podcast section of the mobile app to create a list in grid form of different podcast that Hanselman produces. So, first things first we should design a card to hold each podcast in. This can be accomplished with a simple…

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How To Get A Great App Icon: The Fiverr Experiment

As a developer I wouldn’t say I am the greatest graphic designer in the world. I mean I can stumble around Photoshop and make some sweet gradients and feather a few things, but that is about the extent of it. Over the last few years I have been pretty lucky to have a graphics design team at my back to make any image assets I needed and of course lay down the final App Icons that ship to the stores. Here are a few great app Icons that I didn’t have to create: Now that I create apps…

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I crush code and share it, publish NuGet packages, speak at conferences, upload videos, pretend I am good at playing video games, tweet up a storm, drink gallons of coffee, and ride my bike. Checkout my monthly newsletter that you should subscribe to!