Checkbox For Xamarin.Forms

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…

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Pro Tip: Useful Code Snippets For Your Xamarin.Forms Development

Code snippets are a hidden gem in Visual Studio that most of us do not pay much attention to. Utilizing them correctly can increase productivity when we have a lot to code. In Visual Studio, code snippets are available for multiple programming languages e.g. C#, F#, XML, HTML, CSS, Python, etc. They are extremely useful when we have a bunch of boiler plate code for our properties, constructors, bindable properties, etc.

Code snippets can be a huge topic, but in this post, I will list some of the XAML and C# code snippets useful when developing Xamarin.Forms mobile applications.

In this post,

  • Snippets
  • Creating Code Snippets
  • C# Examples
  • XAML Examples
  • Export Templates

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Inject Static Libraries And Plugins In Xamarin (Prism.Forms)

When using a container for dependency injection in your Xamarin.Forms app, you may find yourself trying to use a plugin or library that is static that you want to register with your container. Having statics in our code makes it hard to test and causes coupling. In this post, I will demonstrate using Prism.Forms how to inject a static plugin or library that may or may not expose an abstraction.

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Prism.Forms EventAggregator

Using Prism.Forms EventAggregator with Xamarin.Forms

If you are building a Xamarin.Forms app, it should be a no-brainer that you use MVVM pattern for your code base. It should also be a no-brainer that you give Prism.Forms a try. It makes development fast and code easy to maintain with its plethora of built-in services such for navigation, dependency injection, alerts, events, etc.

I recently added a sample to Prism’s samples library on how to use cross-platform EventAggregator using Prism.Forms in a Xamarin.Forms app.

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Handling Multiple Taps in Xamarin.Forms on Android

Sometimes in this beautiful world of cross-platform mobile development, we come across a problem that makes no sense at first. But after some StackOverflow surfing and Xamarin/MSDN research, we may find a way to tackle that problem. In some scenarios, there are multiple solutions and we have to decide which approach works best given our situation. In this post, I will demonstrate  one of these problems, rather scenarios. The multi-tap monstrosity on Android when using Xamarin.Forms.

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Getting started with Xamarin

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“How do I get started with Xamarin?”

I get asked this question a lot lately, thanks to Microsoft’s acquisition of Xamarin. Less than one month after Microsoft announced the Xamarin acquisition at Build 2016, interest in Xamarin went up 3 times.

 

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Xamarin Evolve 2016 Keynote

This is good for developers who want to play with Xamarin and build their mobile skill set using their .NET competencies, and those who want to switch to cross-platform mobile development from native side. Not to mention, the businesses that were not able to deliver their mobile apps in multiple platforms all at once due to cost and resources. Now they can with lower cost and in a lot of cases, with existing technical resources available, specially if they are a Microsoft shop.

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