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iOS Picture In Picture Button Appearing in the top left of the video player

DEVELOPING APPS NATIVELY PAYS OFF GREATLY

Apple has simplified PIP implementation in iOS 14

Picture In Picture (PIP) was introduced years ago in iOS 9, but it was only available for iPads. It was brought to iPhones recently in iOS 14, so I wanted to implement it in my app. The iOS 9 documents showed that several steps were involved to implement this, and I was having a hard time integrating that with Xamarin Forms. However, while I was experimenting I realized, Apple made changes to simplify PIP implementation greatly, so those steps are not needed anymore. …


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Switch your app icon on iOS now!

NEW EXPERIENCES IN 6 SHORT STEPS

Improve User Experience by allowing more user personalizations


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App Store showing app compatibility with Apple’s M1 Chip Mac

WORKS FOR ALL APPS, INCLUDING CROSS PLATFORM & HYBRIDS

A quick solution that doesn’t require the new Silicon Mac

Apple announced that the new Mac computers with the ARM 64 processor will be able to install compatible iOS & iPad apps. Just like you, I was super curious to know if my apps would be “compatible” too. I tried to search multiple articles and blogs to understand what the requirements are, especially for apps created with cross-platform frameworks, but I couldn’t find anything. Aside from compatibility though, there is a way to “opt-out” through the Apple Developer portal, so your app is not available for Macs. While clicking around, I figured this out and thought I would share.

Here’s how to find out

While…


GUIDE ON WHERE TO LEARN XAMARIN FOR FREE

The beginner’s guide to learn C#-based native iOS & Android development!

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Photo by Roman Synkevych on Unsplash

When we were learning Xamarin a few years ago, “Xamarin University” was a great resource to learn and understand the fast-growing Xamarin framework (now MAUI). It was the official way of gaining Xamarin Certification and ramping up on a recognized skill. There’s a void that Xamarin University filled, it was a structured path to learn and become a confident Xamarin professional, so we partnered with Luis Pujols to dive into what beginners can do.

A Xamarin University existed?

For 6 years, anyone who was interested in getting into C#-based Native Mobile Development, could simply follow through the well-taught courses on “XamarinUniversity.com” for as little…


SENIOR MOBILE DEVELOPERS ALREADY USE THIS TO SAVE TIME

Stop manually deleting the bin & obj folders from today

If you have done a weeks’ worth of Xamarin mobile development, you know the need to frequently delete the bin & obj folders in each sub-directory of your solution. This tedious process essentially clears the cache and deletes any improperly built code, so that you can recompile your code, and this magically solves half the problems you face.

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All these 11722 unneeded auto-generated files deleted with one command

How does this work?

To achieve this we are going to take advantage of how projects with git version controlling setup correctly, will only “track” the necessary files that are not “auto-generated”. So in order to make this work, you need a file named .gitignore file…


SIMPLE TRICKS TO STEP UP YOUR PRESENTATION GAME

Adding device frames to screenshots is now a single command!

Have you have ever needed to share your app screenshots with other team members, but skipped adding the frame just to save time? Taking a screenshot is as simple as a click, but designing & dealing with image editing tools is definitely not a developer’s forte. Well, adding a device frame is now a simple keyboard tap!

While lurking in the iOSProgramming subreddit, I saw an answer to a question taking me to Fastlane’s page teaching how to take screenshots using automated UI Tests. And there, I stumbled upon the frameit command.

Getting Started

There are several ways you can follow mentioned…


November 2 is coming close, be proactive to avoid a meltdown

Using cross platform frameworks like Xamarin has a lot of pros, in terms of the shorter learning curve and time of development. But changes needed due to unforeseen change in the native iOS & Android SDK’s is one of the disadvantages, as you will see in this article.

Introduction

You must have read about the important changes to the Android Play Store requirements, from an article just published by Microsoft. It’s based on the deadline outlined by Android and summarized in this image:

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Google’s explainer image showing the Timeline of different requirements

The Google Play Store requirements state that, after November 2nd 2020 all app updates to Android apps will…


OPENS A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR APPS

Swiftly create a simple backend for your Feedback page

There have been questions on StackOverflow asking how to use Google Sheets to store data using Xamarin, as a quick and simple database. After finding no articles online, I decided to spend a few hours to figure it out. Using the steps below, you can use a Restful POST API call to send data from Xamarin iOS & Android apps, to instantly populate rows in a Google Sheet.

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Your entire backend web service is ready with just 20 lines of code

Introduction

We are going to demonstrate adding rows to a Google Sheet using a Feedback form to collect user feedback. Why did I choose this specific use case? If you are an Indie…


Get Started with Reliable Robust Libraries

Spend $1 on 2 NFC tags to test it out yourself

Many of you must have heard/read about NFC, and possibly used it to pay using Google Wallet or Apple pay. As developers, we are gifted with the knowledge and ability to actually interact and create products that use such technologies. It may seem intimidating since you may not be familiar with electronics at first, but the good thing is that these cost about a dollar a piece, so it’s alright even if you blow one up. …


Free up 20GB of space in 20 minutes

A Xamarin Developer’s Scroll

Are you also trying to update to to the latest MacOS or XCode, but there’s no space on your MacBook Pro? Did you also think you would get by with the 128/256 GB SSD, but then you find out the “7GB” XCode unpacks into 20GB? I am sure you already tried to fiddle with the Storage Management, but it wasn’t much help, and now you are wondering if it’s time to buy another Mac.

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Common error when trying to update XCode

Not yet partner! Your MacBook still has many years on it, and now’s not the time to give up! Mac computers are expensive for a reason…

The First Prototype

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