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  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition

    A second Preview Edition has been released for this ebook; links to this edition are no longer accessible. Updated files are located here . Greetings! To help celebrate the Xamarin Evolve conference, we’re happy to release a free ebook today: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview...
  • Blog Post: Strategies for sharing code in XAML-based Universal apps

    Universal apps are a great way to share code between your Windows and Windows Phone versions of your app. Most devs have figured out how to share modules which are exactly the same, but sharing modules which are only almost the same is a bit less obvious. The Shared project isn’t a normal...
  • Blog Post: Where do I get started with learning to how to program?

    That’s usually the first question I get asked, when working with folks who have not programmed before. This is immediately followed by “which language do I start with?” There is no right or wrong answer, but I can tell you what worked ...read more
  • Blog Post: Vrais débutants : apprenez à créer des applications de bureau et pour smartphone

    Habituellement, mes articles et sessions s’adressent à une audience de développeurs, c’est à dire des personnes déjà formées au développement logiciel, dont pour beaucoup des professionnels de l’informatique ou des passionnés. Cette fois, je m’adresse à un public un peu différent, mais qui rêve de rejoindre...
  • Blog Post: ListView basics and virtualization concepts

    ListView is one of the most important of all XAML controls: not only is it used in almost all Windows and Windows Phone applications, but it is a rich control with many possibilities… and therefore also many possibilities for the application developer to make mistakes which will kill application...
  • Blog Post: Reusing ViewModels in a Universal App – Part 5

    Wow, its been quite the journey but here we are finally at the end. To restate the previous articles – We took a Windows store app that was coded without a ViewModel . We refactored the code to have a ViewModel which is placed in a shared location, along with the Model. The final View has almost...
  • Blog Post: Reusing ViewModels in a Universal App – Part 4

    To restate where part 3 ended – We have migrated all the buttons and TextBox to use the ViewModel . What is left is the display of the items on the stack and the mode radio buttons. Handling Radio Buttons There are a few different ViewModel patterns which work with RadioButtons . Option...
  • Blog Post: Reusing ViewModels in a Universal App – Part 3

    To restate where part 2 ended – We took the MyCalc app and created an empty ViewModel class. We then implemented DelegateCommand so we could expose ICommand objects from the ViewModel . We used that to create commands for the majority of the buttons and modified the XAML to use them. This allowed...
  • Blog Post: Reusing ViewModels in a Universal App – Part 2

    To restate where part 1 ended - We have our Windows App, MyCalc , which currently has no ViewModel and instead has all the logic in the View layer. Which means it can’t be reused for different views, such as one for phone. Our goal is to move that logic into a shared ViewModel and add a Phone view...
  • Blog Post: Reusing ViewModels in a Universal App – Part 1

    There is an increasing trend for Microsoft platforms to build what is called a “Universal App”. In its ideal it is an application that you code once, and then it runs on desktop, tablet and phone platforms. This opportunity introduces new challenges – with a main one being that the...
  • Blog Post: Семинар и мини-хакатон по обновлению приложений до Windows Phone 8.1 в офисе Microsoft

    Команда Microsoft рада пригласить вас на уникальный семинар и мини-хакатон, посвященный обновлению ваших приложений до Windows Phone 8.1 и созданию универсальных приложений! На семинаре вы сможете познакомиться с новой Windows Phone 8.1, узнать, что такое универсальные приложения, какие сценарии существуют...
  • Blog Post: Save the date: Technical Summit 2014 - DIE Veranstaltung für Entwickler und IT Administratoren im Microsoft-Kosmos von 11.11.2014 bis 13.11.2014 in Berlin

    Save the date! Mit dem Technical Summit 2014 von 11. bis 13. November in Berlin gibt es einen offiziellen Nachfolger der beiden erfolgreichen Konferenzen Visual Studio Evolution und TechNet Conference. Beim Technical Summit 2014 erwartet Euch eine geballte Ladung Information für Entwickler, IT Administratoren...
  • Blog Post: Hello Windows Phone: Developer Platforms

    Creating applications for Windows Phone is a delightful experience. Although the current market status might not ratify such statement. It’s an open opportunity to leverage the knowledge on Microsoft technologies you might have or an easier learning curve for those who are new to programming in...
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