Xamarin.Forms – Which tools do you use?

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If you’re developing cross-platform applications using Xamarin.Forms then you’re likely to be using either Visual Studio or Visual Studio for Mac (as an aside, if you’re new to Xamarin.Forms you can get the tools you need for free, so don’t feel you need to go out and purchase the professional version of Visual Studio!). The … Continue reading “Xamarin.Forms – Which tools do you use?”

Pipeline Templates: Complete Azure Pipelines Example for a Uno Project for iOS, Android and Windows

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My last post was a bit of a long one as it covered a bunch of steps for setting up the bits and pieces required for signing an application for different platforms. In this post I just wanted to provide a complete example that shows a single multi-stage (6 in total) Azure Pipelines pipeline for … Continue reading “Pipeline Templates: Complete Azure Pipelines Example for a Uno Project for iOS, Android and Windows”

Pipeline Templates: Building and Deploying Uno Apps for iOS, Android and Windows

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In my previous posts covering the Pipeline Templates I’ve discussed building a Xamarin.Forms apps for iOS, Android and Windows (UWP) and subsequently deploying them to AppCenter. In this post we’re going to look at doing the same with a Uno application. Given that Uno is built on top of the core Xamarin functionality, the process … Continue reading “Pipeline Templates: Building and Deploying Uno Apps for iOS, Android and Windows”

Deploy Xamarin.Forms Apps to App Center from a Azure Multi-Stage Pipeline using Templates and Environments that Require Manual Approval

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Wow, that title’s a mouthful, and I didn’t add in there that I’ve just pushed v0.2.0 release of the Pipeline Templates repository. In this post we’re going to add stages to a YAML based Azure DevOps pipeline in order to deploy a Xamarin.Forms application to AppCenter for testing. We’ll also be using on the of … Continue reading “Deploy Xamarin.Forms Apps to App Center from a Azure Multi-Stage Pipeline using Templates and Environments that Require Manual Approval”

Pipeline Templates: Building Xamarin.Forms Apps on Azure DevOps using Templates

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One of the things I find frustrating is that for every new project we seem to have to recreate the build and release pipeline. In each case we step through the same steps, run into the same, albeit familiar, issues and end up with a pipeline that looks incredibly similar to the pipeline we setup … Continue reading “Pipeline Templates: Building Xamarin.Forms Apps on Azure DevOps using Templates”

Multiple Environments Using ApkTool Extension for Azure DevOps

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In my last couple of posts (here and here) I talked a bit about using the ApkTool to repack an Android APK in order to update an Android application to target different environments. To make this easier I’ve just published a preview of an extension for Azure DevOps. The ApkTool Build and Release Task extension … Continue reading “Multiple Environments Using ApkTool Extension for Azure DevOps”

Scripting the Repacking of Android Apps for a Release Pipeline

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Following yesterday’s post on repacking an Android APK, I was pointed to an awesome post by Daniel Causer entitled Build Once Release Everywhere – APK. Daniel’s post goes into a lot of detail on how to setup your build and release process. Specifically the scripts that he’s created for automating the repacking process I described in … Continue reading “Scripting the Repacking of Android Apps for a Release Pipeline”

Repacking and Resigning an Android APK to Target Different Environments

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In my previous post talking about targeting different environments I ended with the proposition that what we need to be able to do as part of the release pipeline for an app is to adjust the configuration file that’s included in the app package. In this post I’m going to manually walk through what this … Continue reading “Repacking and Resigning an Android APK to Target Different Environments”

Visual State Management with BuildIt.States and Uno

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I’ve posted previously on using visual states in Uno and how they can be used to effectively manage the different visual layouts a page can take on. These may be changes in layout due to the application being resized, or perhaps due to different data loading states. I’ve recently created a Uno build of the … Continue reading “Visual State Management with BuildIt.States and Uno”

How to Support Multiple Environments in your Mobile Application?

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Whether you’re developing an Android app in Kotlin, a cross-platform app in Flutter or Xamarin Forms, or an Xbox app in C#/XAML, supporting multiple environments when building an app, is just not as easy as it should be. For example the different environments might be dev, test, staging, prodution etc to align with your dev, … Continue reading “How to Support Multiple Environments in your Mobile Application?”

Running Android Device Tests for Xamarin.Essentials on Windows

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As a developer working with Xamarin or Xamarin.Forms you should be aware of the Xamarin.Essentials package that Microsoft have been developing that “provides developers with cross-platform APIs for their mobile applications”. If you haven’t taken the time to look through the source code, it’s well worth cloning the repository and taking a look. Not only … Continue reading “Running Android Device Tests for Xamarin.Essentials on Windows”

Do Uno Mvvm?

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Last week was a huge week for the Uno platform with their inaugural Uno conference, #UnoConf. As the technology continues to mature, I’ve no doubt that Uno will become a viable solution for building applications to target all sorts of markets. This includes support being progressively added by the various Mvvm frameworks. Following my previous … Continue reading “Do Uno Mvvm?”

Creating a Flutter App for Web

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I’ve covered this topic previously in my post Create, Build and Publish a Flutter Web App but things have changed a little now as web support has been merged, making it easier to build a single application that runs on iOS, Android and Web. To find out more you can check out the Flutter docs … Continue reading “Creating a Flutter App for Web”

MVVM Navigation with Xamarin.Forms Shell – Part II

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Following my previous post on Mvvm Navigation with Xmarin.Forms Shell there were a few things that I felt I hadn’t addressed adequately. Loading Data on Appearing The first thing is how to load data when navigating to a page, and perhaps to do something when the user navigates away from the page. Since it’s the … Continue reading “MVVM Navigation with Xamarin.Forms Shell – Part II”

Flutter: Text Widget

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In this post we’re going to look at the Text widget in Flutter and some of the options you can tweak when displaying text within your app. If you’re after a more detailed discussion of strings, characters and how they’re displayed, you should check out the post, Mastering Styled Text in Flutter. To get into … Continue reading “Flutter: Text Widget”

MVVM Navigation with Xamarin.Forms Shell

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One of the topics that I find a bit contentious amongst app developers is how navigation is handled, specifically when it comes to MVVM. Should navigation be done in the code behind of the page? or in the ViewModel? and should navigation be based on a path/URL or based on what ViewModel you want to … Continue reading “MVVM Navigation with Xamarin.Forms Shell”

Installing Uno as a PWA with WebAssembly

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One of the things that I don’t like about the web is that I have to access everything via the browser. Whilst favourites and bookmarks are all well and good, one of the nice things about apps is that I can do things like pin to start/taskbar (Windows) or add to homescreen (Android). Sure I … Continue reading “Installing Uno as a PWA with WebAssembly”

Create, Build and Publish a Flutter Web App

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Using Flutter for building iOS and Android applications brings with it some advantages over other cross platform solutions such as Xamarin.Forms or React but one of the more interesting developments to keep an eye on is the support for running Flutter apps on the web. In this post we’re going to create a basic Flutter … Continue reading “Create, Build and Publish a Flutter Web App”

Using C#, XAML, Uno and MvvmCross to Jump Start Your Cross Platform Application

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Rukesh has put together a great post, entitled Using C#, XAML + Uno Platform to Build One Codebase, Cross-Platform Apps, that provides a great walk through of getting started with the Uno Platform. It goes through grabbing the Uno extension for Visual Studio and then creating a new multi-platform application using just C# and XAML. … Continue reading “Using C#, XAML, Uno and MvvmCross to Jump Start Your Cross Platform Application”

Content from Former Microsoft WPF and Silverlight Team Member

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Someone pointed me in the direction of a series of great blog posts that have recently been migrated to a github repository. The posts are quite old, dating back to a period between 2005 and 2013 when Beatriz Stollnitz worked for Microsoft as part of the WPF and Silverlight teams. Here are the links to … Continue reading “Content from Former Microsoft WPF and Silverlight Team Member”