Xamarin Forms turns to .NET MAUI – single project and code-base dev experience

Yesterday Microsoft announced .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI) – the effort to turn Xamarin Forms apps use single cross-platform code-base targeting multiple platforms. Demos from Build conference yesterday gave clear signal – it’s not just an experiment but real deal. They really had single project running on Windows desktop and iPhone. This blog post is short overview of what’s coming.

Start with Surface Duo development on preview emulator and SDK today

Surface Neo and Surface Duo are new devices by Microsoft, planned to launch for holidays season this year. Surface Neo runs Windows and Surface Duo is based on Android. For Surface Duo there’s already preview tooling and SDK available by Microsoft. Here’s the introduction to Surface Duo development, tools and patterns.

Progress indicator with Xamarin Forms

Process indicator is available in Xamarin Forms and here it is called as “activity indicator”. It renders different on different devices as progress indicator is not general UI feature everywhere. This blog post shows how to use process indicator with Xamarin Forms.

Visual Studio Tools for Tizen

Tizen is Linux-based open-source platform for mobile phones and TV-s. Earlier this year Samsung announced Tizen development tools for Visual Studio and now it is time to try out how things work. Although the tooling is still in preview and there is no stable version, it still possible to start playing with Tizen development. This blog post gives overview of my first experiences with Xamarin Forms and Tizen development.

What is Universal Windows Platform (UWP)?

Universal Windows Platform is almost new kid on the street and it’s time for developers to find out what it is, how it works and why to bother. In this post I make short introduction to UWP for developers. I also share some of my thoughts about platform and point out some useful resources that help you to get started.

Beer IoT: Building Universal Windows Application to monitor cooling process

Our beer cooling solution is not controllable through IoT Hub and it reports data there. We can control our device through simple command line application but it is not enough for us. In this post we start building Universal Windows Application that helps us monitor temperatures. In this post we focus on mobile application.

Beer IoT: Visualizing sensors data using Power BI

We are eager to try out our beer cooling solution and we want to see it in action. We want to visualize our data and keep eye on temperature of cooling beer. Before doing anything more complex like building web or mobile app we make a quick shortcut and bring our data to web, desktop and mobile. This post is about Power BI in action.

Generalizing storage access for Windows Phone and WinRT apps

When building application that works both on WinRT and Window Phone you use Portable Class Libraries (PCL) for shared classes. As there are many application specific things that are not same on different platforms or that are not supported by PCL then you have to make some architectural decisions when creating shared functionalities. In this posting I will focus on persisting data for offline use.

ASP.NET MVC 4: Display modes

One new features of ASP.NET MVC 4 is support for display modes. This means that you can conditionally show different output to different user agents like desktop and mobile browsers. Of course, you can define your own custom rules too. In this posting I will show you how display modes work and explain how to use them in your ASP.NET MVC applications.

ASP.NET MVC 4: New mobile web application template

ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview introduces also new template for mobile web applications. These templates are special because they are using jQuery Mobile – special jQuery library for building mobile user interfaces. In this posting I will show you how new mobile web application template looks like.