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

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!

Notes from Windows Community Standup (February 2018)

Channel9 hosted a Widows Community Standup on February 22 featuring Kevin Gallo and Andrew Whitechapel. 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

Customizing day numbers in UWP CalendarView

The 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.

Hiding NavigationView header in UWP

The 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

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