iOS 13 introduced dark mode, and it has taken mobile app design world by storm. Making app designers produce multiple experiences for their users. Android users have been enjoying this nifty feature for some time (to some extent, based on phone manufacturers). Android Q, however, has a dedicated dark mode option that brings dark mode front and center in Android as well. Fortunately, it is rather simple to add dark mode support to our Xamarin apps, as we will discover in this post. Or simply opt-out of it all together.Continue reading
When building mobile app UI that requires controls and transitions that are not available from the platform “out-of-the box”, we either create our own or use a third-party library to accomplish the design. I had a similar need recently for gauges and charts in one of my client’s Xamarin.Forms application. Telerik UI for Xamarin makes it a breeze to get your UI looking good, fast.Continue reading
In 2018, when Dan Siegel asked me what I thought about hosting a Xamarin developer summit in Houston, I could not have been happier. The conversations started to grab interest of folks who would support the idea of a Xamarin focused event, including Microsoft team. Once Dan brought Megsoft on board, things got in motion and the rest is history.
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Lottie is an animation library by AirBnb that makes it super simple to add animation in any native app – web and mobile. It helps bridge the gap from designers designing an animation to developers implementing it in the app. In this post, we will see how we can add animations to enhance our Xamarin.Forms app experience with minimal effort (the process is similar for Native apps as well).Continue reading
Control Templates are a great way to customize your app’s view with themes and custom layouts. You can also use them to wrap your content and get a beautiful experience for your users. In this post, we will see how to use Control Templates to create custom layouts.Continue reading
Xamarin.Forms is great. But, every now and then, it falls short on some basic modern controls e.g checkbox, radio buttons, cards, etc. Luckily, Xamarin community is large and very engaged with the platform. You can find plethora of custom controls or blogs on how to build custom controls for your project needs.
In recent years, I have created a bunch of custom controls that I am sure the community at large can benefit from. One such controls is a simple Checkbox. There are lots of implementations of checkbox available, but I wanted something simple and light, so I created one. Here’s how the checkbox works…
When working on an app that relies on getting data from an API, it is crucial to make the waiting and loading experience as seamless as possible for the user – like Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn apps do. Unresponsive app will most likely be uninstalled by the user and you can say goodbye to your customers, revenue, user base, whatever it is you made the app for.
One of the biggest issue API reliant apps face is unreliable network connectivity. As users move around with their mobile devices, they are bound to run into poor or dropped network connectivity issues. We must have a strategy around transient faults and network issues, and that’s where Polly comes to the rescue.