Xamarin: Expand Your App’s Reach with Google’s App Invites

There were some major announcements at Google I/O 2015, but there were also several exciting enhancements to Google Play Services announced that focus on increasing your app’s reach in the market. One of my favorite new features in Google Play Services has to be App Invites, which gives developers a simple way of allowing their […]

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Greg Shackles: Automated UI Testing and Monitoring for Your Mobile Apps

I gave a talk tonight at the NYC Mobile .NET Developers Group on automated UI testing and monitoring for apps. For anyone interested, here are my slides:

I don’t have any specific sample code available from this talk since all of my demos were entirely live coded, but if you’re looking to get started then Xamarin’s documentation is a great place to start, or I’m happy to try and answer any specific questions anyone might have as well.

Gone Mobile: Episode 26: Prism for Xamarin.Forms with Brian Lagunas

Prism has been around for awhile, and now you can take advantage of it in your Xamarin.Forms apps! In this episode we dig into what Prism is, why you’d want to use it in your mobile apps, and how it fits into Xamarin.Forms apps.

Hosts: Greg Shackles, Jon Dick

Guest: Brian Lagunas

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Xamarin: Forums Updates: Badges and More!

The Xamarin Forums have been growing exponentially and now see over one million page views monthly! Our forums provide a great place to ask questions, share experiences, and discuss technical and community related topics. In addition to our posted forums guidelines, we’ve also recently introduced a community moderator program to help ensure the forums continue […]

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Xamarin: Forums Updates: Badges and More!

The Xamarin Forums have been growing exponentially and now see over one million page views monthly! Our forums provide a great place to ask questions, share experiences, and discuss technical and community related topics. In addition to our posted forums guidelines, we’ve also recently introduced a community moderator program to help ensure the forums continue […]

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XHackers Team: June meetup – Design & Develop

“Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.”
? R.L. Stine

It’s June and we, the XHackers are back with a new meetup. We always believe in technical diversity and our meetups also reflect the same. We pick different themes to make you feel as if you are reading a different book every time you join us for a meetup.

To prove our point,In this meetup, we will be talking about technologies and tools which will help a mobile developer in developing cross platform mobile apps using Xamarin and IBM MobileFirst platform. Also we will be touching upon Android design concepts through material design and Android M preview updates.
Material Design

Let’s jump into the schedule

9:30 AM to 10AM – Registration

10 AM to 10:30 AM – IBM keynote by Rajesh K Jeyapaul, Solution Architect-Ecosystem Development

10:30 AM to 11:20 AM – Getting started with Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms by Senthil Kumar, Microsoft MVP

11:20 AM to 11:30 AM – Break

11:30 AM to 12:20 PM – Integrating IBM MobileFirst Platform to your Xamarin Apps by Ajay Chebbi, Software Architect/Sr. Engineer – IBM MobileFirst Platform.

12:20 PM to 1:10 PM – Material Design & Android M Updates by Vidyasagar Machupalli, Microsoft MVP

1:10 PM and to 1:30 PM – Q&A/ Networking with Xamarin Experts Nish Anil and Anubhav Ranjan

To be part of this exciting learning,

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See you there!

Cheers
Xhackers Core Team
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James Montemagno: Xamarin.Forms Image Caching in XAML

A lot of mobile applications have to deal with Images. There are a lot of awesome libraries for iOS and Android that will automatically download, optimize, and cache your images for you from a single line or two of code. Xamarin.Forms actually handles all of this for you automatically when you give the Image’s Source property an Image URL. You can read through the awesome documentation on the Xamarin developer portal. If you browse through this documentation you will see a section that says “Image Caching” and that is interesting. Xamarin.Forms actually handles image caching for you automatically for 1 day. You can enable or disable or extend this time easily in C#:

However, something that isn’t documentated just yet, although I will ping Craig about this, is how to do it in XAML. It is actually extremely simple as you can access all the properties of the Source including the ability to extend image caching. Here is what my image looks like with extending the image cache to 14 days:

Are you using Circle Images? Well you can still do it!

You can always adjust the CacheValidity=“14” as it just creates a new timespan in days for you.

Michael Ridland: WWDC2015 – The BIG takeaways

Ah, WWDC 2015 what a wild ride, 5 days of content packed sessions.  While I’m still trying to comprehend everything I’ve learned over the past 5 days there’s some big takeaways that I’ve got from WWDC this year. Native apps still dominate! Why? Did you know that on iOS 86% of time is spent in […]

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