On passing the Xamarin Mobile Developer Certification Exam

This post is from Premier Developer consultant Joe Healy who recently became a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer.  Congrats Joe! Microsoft likes us to have some technical certifications.  Personally I enjoy the challenges of the tests.  This year my goals were the Windows 10 UWP Developer exam ( Developing Mobile Apps 70-357 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-357.aspx )and the…

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Demonstrating the power Xamarin, Azure and HockyApp to fight Youth Homelessness

In this post, Omar Kouatly, Director Premier Developer for Northeast, NY, NJ, spotlights a cross-platform mobile app that uses the power of Xamarin, Azure App Services, and HockeyApp to solve the real-world challenge of fighting youth homelessness. Premier Developer consultants from the Northeast volunteered their time to contribute to an exciting project for the Connecticut…


Validate input in Xamarin.Forms using INotifyDataErrorInfo, custom Behaviors, Effects and Prism

In this post, Senior Application Development Manager, Davide Zordan, explores the rich set of validation features in Xamarin.Forms. I have recently been investigating the support available in Xamarin.Forms for validation and, in particular, researched the possibility of using INotifyDataErrorInfo to complement the traditional approach of using Behaviors. In simple scenarios, it’s possible to perform validation…


Why Enterprises are Moving to Xamarin for Mobile App Development

Senior Application Development Manager, Mike Finley, spotlights why more and more enterprises are choosing Xamarin to answer the demands of mobile development. With most mobile users on Android, Apple and Windows phones, companies are facing challenges of supporting their applications on multiple platforms. Microsoft acquired its longtime partner Xamarin in March 2016. This acquisition has…


Power BI–A case study to end homelessness

Keith Anderson, Senior ADM, shares a practical example of how Power BI quickly transformed a project using simple, out-of-the-box features to integrate data and provide visualizations. I had the opportunity recently to work with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) on their yearly Youth Point-in-time (PIT) Count event.  Microsoft worked with them on a…


New project type has XAML forms by default

Recently on his blog, Premier Developer Consultant Joe Healy highlighted some new templates available to Xamarin developers in Visual Studio.  See below for the full article, but also be sure to check out Joe’s DevFish blog for lots more great content! Xamarin has some great documentation. The article at [ https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/xamarin-forms/xaml/xaml-basics/getting_started_with_xaml/ ] shows how to…

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Referencing a PCL project in both ASP.NET Core and Xamarin Forms

Thanks to Premier Developer Consultant Gustavo Varo for this prescriptive guidance on cross-platform development with Xamarin and ASP.NET Core. Back in March while working with Xamarin Forms and ASP.NET Core, I identified the need of sharing some code between both projects. My very first idea was to create a PCL (Portable Class Library) project and…

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Building cross-platform Xamarin.Forms apps in VSTS

In a recent post from his blog, Premier Developer Consultant Jim Blizzard shows how to navigate past some of the issues when setting up VSTS builds for a multi-project Xamarin.Forms solution. The other day I wanted to create a DevOps CI / CD pipeline for a simple Xamarin.Forms app that I’d created. The Visual Studio…

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Global resources in Xamarin Forms! No App.xaml? Create one!

In a recent post from his blog, Premier Developer Consultant Joe Healy shows us how to create global resources in Xamarin Forms. Xaml developers moving to Xamarin Forms are hoping to take some of their good habits from the Windows (WPF/Silverlight/UWP) dev world with them (probably a few of their bad ones as well but…

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