XAML Compiled Bindings (Xamarin.Forms performance reminder)

Data binding is an excellent feature of the MVVM pattern and allows you to decouple views and view models. Because Xamarin.Forms are MVVM-first, using data binding is a clear choice. However, as data binding uses reflection by default, it can have a negative impact on performance. Luckily, Xamarin.Forms support Compiled Bindings, which are akin to UWP’s x:Bind and

Supporting light theme taskbar icons in UWP

The Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18282 for the first time revealed a beautiful light theme of the Windows Shell (Start menu, Taskbar and Action Center). Many stock apps have already been updated to support this color scheme so in this article, we will check out how to add support for light theme task bar

Xamarin.Forms – Changing selected item color in UWP

Xamarin.Forms has a built-in ListView control which offers rich cross-platform functionality including item selection. In case of UWP the color of the selected item is by default determined by the current accent color of the OS. However, it is a common requirement to customize this to better match the branding of your application. In this

Microsoft Build 2018 – Day 2

Third article from my Build 2018 series focuses on day 2 of the conference. We will go through all the cool things from the first keynote, check out a few talks, get the best burger in Seattle and finish ourselves off with some yummy ice cream. Stay tuned!

Connect(); 2017

Another year has come and with it the fourth annual on-line Microsoft Connect conference. Between 15th and 17th November you could watch the newest goodness from Microsoft for all developers on all platforms. Two main keynotes were dedicated to intelligent cloud and building intelligent applications of the future. Let’s see what Scott Guthrie (of course

Checking for design mode in Xamarin.Forms

Visual Studio for Windows and Mac now includes Xamarin XAML Previewer, which allows you to preview your Xamarin.Forms XAML without having to launch the app. Unfortunately, there are times when your page constructor contains code that cannot be run in design mode (for example service resolution, etc.) and causes the previewer to crash. Can we