After missing out for two years on Microsoft Build I was lucky enough to get an irresistible offer from the Mixed Reality team at Microsoft to join this year’s developer conference in Seattle and naturally I seized this opportunity without second thoughts. This post summarizes the pre-event days – Saturday and Sunday before the show.
The default UWP Slider control features a very simple rectangular thumb. Luckily enough, thanks to the customizability of XAML design you can replace the default thumb with a custom control to give your app a fresh and original look.
Forking and opening a GitHub repo in Visual Studio is a matter of seconds. But how to keep your fork up-to-date easily, all within the Team Explorer window? All you need to do is to add the upstream remote.
Navigate to your cloned fork in Team Explorer, click the title bar to reveal repository menu and select Settings.
In the opened page select Repository Settings and then find the Remotes section at the bottom:
Click the Add link to open the Add Remote dialog window. Here fill out:
- Name – upstream
- Fetch – URL of the original GitHub repository you forked
- Push – same as Fetch
- Push matches fetch – leave checked
Confirm with Save and that’s almost it. Now we just need to do a fetch to get the current state of the upstream. Click the title of the Team Explorer window again and navigate to Sync:
And from the top menu click the Fetch link, select upstream from the dropdown menu and click Fetch. Now the branches from the repository should be available in the Branches view and you can merge the latest changes from upstream in your fork.
I have come across an interesting Xamarin.Forms problem on StackOverflow which I casually called “Xamarin.Forms and the case of x:Name-killing event”.
The three main topics that were discussed were UWP Console applications, multi-instance apps and broader file access. You can watch the recording on Channel9 or right here.
If you just want to get a quick peek at the news, read on the rest of the article, because I have prepared a compact summary for you 🙂 .
CalendarView control in UWP is one of the many useful building blocks that will help you create your app easily. The control itself is quite customizable. But what if you want to customize the numbers for individual days in month? We will explore this question in this article. Continue reading “Customizing day numbers in UWP CalendarView”
NuGet is a great package manager, but sometimes it misbehaves and packages are either not properly downloaded or are not properly included in your project. Whenever you come across this, I recommend doing a force-reinstall of all packages.
In Visual Studio go to
NuGet Package Manager ->
Package Management Console . In the
Package Manager Console window then enter the following command:
This will go package by package and force-reinstall them the opened solution.
If you want to force-reinstall packages only for one specific project instead of the whole solution, you can add the
Update-Package -reinstall -ProjectName <yourproject>
Base64 encoding is quite often used to store binary data as strings, including images on the web. Working with Base64 is built-in to .NET so in this article we will try to decode a image and display it in a Xamarin.Forms app. Continue reading “Displaying Base64 encoded image in Xamarin.Forms”
NavigationView control added in the Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 is a very useful tool for creating nice hamburger menu navigation that fits the guidelines of UWP apps. The control however includes a “header” area, that gives you a chance to provide a title of your page on the top. What if we don’t want it? Continue reading “Hiding NavigationView header in UWP”
One of the less known capabilities of UWP apps is the ability to inject input. This is especially useful if you want to give the user a guided tour through the app, offer immediate feedback to users with assistive technologies or implement a remote help functionality into your app. In this article we will explore what the
Windows.UI.Input.Preview.Injection namespace has to offer and how can you use it in your app. Continue reading “Injecting input in UWP apps”