Build Toronto is happening on June 10th, 2016

This is a free event, in person, or online via the live stream.

The BUILD Tour is coming back to Toronto. The event includes the best content from Microsoft’s annual BUILD conference, with an even deeper focus on Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Xamarin, Windows, Azure, Office 365 and more.

Engineers from Microsoft HQ will deliver sessions, demos, focused coding exercises to show you how use the latest Microsoft technologies.

Registration links:

· Online Event: http://aka.ms/BuildToliveMVP

· In-Person Event: http://aka.ms/BuildToMVP


Xamarin

Xamarin has a very special offer this August:

Get a Free, community-supported subscriptions of Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android, including Visual Studio extensions, for personal use.

This offer is limited to independent Windows Phone developers (with at least 1 published app on or before August 17th, 2015) and until August 31st, 2015.

>> Link to Apply Now


Another nice free ebook from Syncfusion!

xamarin ebook

Xamarin.Forms Succinctly is a 148 pages free ebook by Derek Jensen.
It provides a great introduction to Xamarin Forms and offers an excellent chapter on Xaml, Pages and Views.

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Code Sharing
  3. Hello, Xamarin.Forms
  4. Introduction to XAML
  5. Building User Interfaces
  6. Common Controls
  7. Customization
  8. Accessing Native APIs
  9. Messaging

Download Xamarin.Forms Succinctly:
https://www.syncfusion.com/resources/techportal/ebooks/xamarinforms

You just have to register and then you’ll be able to download it both in PDF and Kindle format.


postsharp xamarin

PostSharp 4.1 (currently RC) adds support for Xamarin and Visual Studio 2015!

If you don’t know this tool, I encourage you to try it!

=> www.postsharp.net

Here are the main other features of PostSharp 4.1:

  • Xamarin Support, now at the same level of functionality and testing as Windows Phone. It lets you use PostSharp to build applications that target iOS and Android, additionally to Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.
  • Visual Studio 2015 Support, including light bulb integration, live code diagnostics and coding guidance, makes it easier to get started with PostSharp, and then assists you in more complex tasks.
  • Conservative NuGet Versioning prevents unwanted upgrades of PostSharp packages.
  • PostSharp Explorer Improvements let you see where aspects are being used in your code.
  • Shared Projects Support makes PostSharp integration with Visual Studio more relevant in large cross-platform projects.
  • Localizable Code Contracts allow you to customize or localize the runtime exception texts thrown by code contracts.

More details:
http://www.postsharp.net/blog/post/Announcing-PostSharp-41-Preview-4-Xamarin-Support-and-More


Here are my highlights of the Xamarin Evolve 2014 Keynote that happened today.

Those are my views as a Microsoft and .NET guy and might not reflect what others attendees are excited about.

Component vendors support for Xamarin.Forms

Xamarin.Forms is a very young product but already drives an insane amount of interest among developers. Today we learnt that all the major component vendors are starting to target Xamarin.Forms with their controls suite.

This will definitely make Xamarin.Forms more appealing and it brings more credibility to the framework as well.ComponentVendors

Xamarin Profiler

Xamarin Profiler (preview for now) offers an easy way to collect information and analyze how your app are running, find memory leaks and resolve performance bottlenecks. It is available for MAC and Windows.

Xamarin Android Player

Android emulator is painful to use to say the least…

As Xamarin has been told by some customers: “It is not your product, but it is your problem”… so they bravely acted and created their own emulator, and it is brilliant!

The Xamarin Android Player uses hardware accelerated virtualization and OpenGL and is faaaaaaaast!

Xamarin Insights

Xamrin Insights is a new monitoring solution that allows you to track crashes and exceptions, get detailed error reporting and understand how users are interacting with your app. The live demo was awesome.