Gerald Versluis: Pro-tip: copy/paste URL to the iOS simulator

Just a quick tip if you need to copy and paste text to your iOS simulator.

For an app we are developing we send out verification links through e-mail with a hash. After finding out that cmd + C & cmd + V weren’t working if actually did type if over more then once..

For whatever reason I decided to try and drag-and-drop the text onto the Simulator, and what do you know?! It worked! For URLs that is.. Plain text doesn’t seem to be picked up unfortunately.



Wallace B. (Wally) McClure: Realities of Cross-Platform Development: How Platform-Specific Can You Go? – Part 1

My personal beliefs on cross-platform development were formed in November 1993. I worked at The Coca-Cola Company at the time, and a few colleagues and I were discussing how to provide Mac users with the same set of applications that we were building on Windows 3.1 with PowerBuilder.

The discussion centered around the UI. The concern was with providing a Windows-centric interface to Mac users. I remember one of the great lines from the meeting: “If you provide Windows help to a user expecting Mac balloon help, you are going to have users that hate you.” After this and some personal experiments, I came to agree with this viewpoint. If developers want to make users as happy as possible, they need to call the native APIs of the platform.

Fast-forward to 2009, when I fell in love with the Xamarin iOS product from the first announcement. Xamarin had created a way for C# developers to use the Microsoft .NET Framework and to call into the native platform APIs. Xamarin Android operated the same way. While I would often discuss the need for a cross-platform UI with Xamarin management, I never forgot the lessons of cross-platform from many years ago. At the same time, I knew that there was a need for a cross-platform toolset to create an application. I had talked to enough people to understand the pain and agony. Quite honestly, I was a fence sitter in this area. I liked the idea of XF, but I was never quite ready to make the jump and, honestly, try XF for anything more than some personal experiments and helping a couple of customers.

Url: Platform Specific with Xamarin-Forms


Xamarin: Iowa Caucuses Launch Inaugural Polling Apps with Xamarin

As the 2016 election continues to heat up, we’re putting a spotlight on where it all began: the Iowa Caucuses. The February 1, 2016 Iowa Caucus kicked off the US Presidential nominations, and early poll results traditionally play a huge role in the Republican and Democratic Parties’ candidate selection. This year, both parties partnered with […]

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Xamarin: Xamarin at Microsoft Ignite

Xamarin will be in full force at Microsoft Ignite September 26–30! If you’re heading to Georgia, you can find us at the “Mobile Development & Xamarin” totem in the Developer Tools section of the Cloud + Enterprise area of the expo floor. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend Pierce Boggan’s Pre-Day Training session, “Build […]

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