27 Nov 2014

How to Share Xamarin Forms Data Binding Code across Xamarin Sketches and Apps – Without Using Strings

When coding a Xamarin Forms UI, Xamarin Sketches can increase your productivity to previously unattainable levels. Being able to see the UI in a phone simulator update while you edit the UI code, with a less than one second lag, is so much more productive than building,...
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18 Nov 2014

Why and How to Get Started with Visual Studio 2015 and Xamarin Forms

Last week at the Visual Studio Connect(); event, Microsoft announced availability of Visual Studio 2015 Preview, with support for creating native iOS, OS X, Android and Windows Phone apps in C# with Xamarin. This was just one of many announcements that made clear that Microsoft...
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05 Nov 2014

Presented at Microsoft event: Mobile Cross-Platform Development with Xamarin and Visual Studio

Yesterday at the Xamarin event that Microsoft organized in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, I presented a fun session together with Maarten Sikkema (CTO at Macaw, where I work). We told the story about how we created and marketed a successful consumer app for the World Cup...
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26 Aug 2014

Poollie: WK 2014 – Lessons Learned From Developing a Successful Multi-Platform App With Xamarin

This post describes the main lessons I learned while developing and supporting a successful native consumer app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone: Poollie WK 2014. I will focus on client-side cross-platform architecture and development; the lessons learned while developing the...
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24 Apr 2014

Building Cross-Platform iBeacon Apps for iOS, Android and Windows with C# and Xamarin

This is a $5 Qualcomm Gimbal beacon in iBeacon mode, being detected on an Android phone and an iPhone, in an app built with C# and Xamarin: Note that there is no Windows Phone in this picture. This is because the brand-new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support in Windows Phone 8.1,...
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09 Apr 2014

How to build Xamarin iOS and Android Apps with the new Universal Windows App template from Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

When I saw the new Universal Windows App project type demonstrated in the Microsoft Build keynote last week, I just had to try it out with an existing Xamarin project. This actually proved quite simple; just copying one line from the Windows project file to the xamarin projects...
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30 Aug 2013

Creating a Cross-Platform Native App Using MvvmQuickCross and Xamarin, Part 1: Cross-Platform Code and Windows 8 App

If you are a .NET developer and you want to create an iOS or Android application with a native user experience and/or good code maintainability, using Xamarin is an attractive option. Xamarin allows you to leverage your C# + .NET skills and the Microsoft Visual Studio development...
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