.NET Standard & the New Project Format for Xamarin Developers

.NET Standard has really changed the ballgame for .NET Developers. In large part because the entire project system has experienced a revamp. [More]

Secure App Builds with AppCenter

AppCenter has been touted as this wonderful new service from Microsoft. It's supposed to make it easier to build, test and distribute our apps. [More]

Xamarin DevOps In A Box

Several Months ago I set out to make some of the most powerful Xamarin Project Templates. I've gotten a lot of feedback on the Prism QuickStart Templates and how they have accelerated Mobile Development for Developers. One of the features that has really caught the attention of so many developers is the Application Secrets generation. [More]

Prism for Xamarin Forms Preview 3

So much goes into developing a Xamarin Forms application, and Prism for Xamarin Forms is continuing to make your mobile development a little easier. Today we released Preview 3 for Prism 7, and a lot has happened since I published the Sneak Peak and the changes to Autofac. [More]

Xamarin Forms UI Development Made Easy with LiveXAML

Xamarin Forms UI Development Made Easy with LiveXAML
I'm all about working with XAML in my Xamarin Forms apps. For developers coming from a WPF background, there has been some great tooling for visually styling your XAML tools for years. Xamarin Forms of course isn't so cut and dry for the obvious reason that we're dealing with a UI Abstraction. Chances are you've probably heard about Xamarin's Live Player. To be honest I think it's a cute idea, but really lacks what you need to be most productive. [More]

Prism Template Pack in Visual Studio for Mac

Prism Template Pack in Visual Studio for Mac
Prism users have long enjoyed some great Template packs available for Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio. Visual Studio for Mac though has been a real challenge due to problems with the Mono Addins site not building the Prism Addin. It's been a very common request among our Mac users to get this support back. [More]

Breaking Changes for Prism Autofac Users

It's certainly been no secret that I've told user's that Autofac wasn't really a good choice for Prism Forms. To be honest just looking at the benchmarks between Autofac and DryIoc or SimpleInjector which may soon be supported, Autofac just isn't that appealing to me. The truth though, is that I wasn't just steering people away from Prism Autofac for this reason alone. Before Prism introduced .NET Standard support, we were limited to targeting Autofac 3.5. As anyone familiar with Autofac is likely aware, the ContainerBuilder.Update(Container) method was deprecated. Autofac quite annoyingly wants to be an immutable container. This is problematic for frameworks like Prism, or any developer who wants to dynamically load dependencies. [More]

Prism 7.0 for Xamarin Forms Sneak Peek

Prism 7.0 for Xamarin Forms Sneak Peek
If you're a Xamarin developer, chances are you've been through a struggle or two with NetStandard. NetStandard offers a lot of advantages, but support has been slow going in many cases. Xamarin Forms only recently began shipping NetStandard. Prism users have been asking for a while now to have NetStandard support. Obviously for WPF users NetStandard really doesn't offer any advantages, and for UWP it just creates a few headaches, but that hasn't stopped requests for the Core to support NetStandard or for Prism Forms to be converted. For a while now I've been either pointing people to my preview templates or telling them to use the PackageTargetFallback attribute with the new csproj format. Well, I'm happy to say that Prism for Xamarin Forms is now available in NetStandard! [More]

Prism Quickstart Templates

So you had this great idea for an app... maybe you spent weeks planning with your team or with your client. The day finally comes to create the project. Suddenly you realize that we have this new .NET Standard thing and you want to take advantage of it. [More]

Why you aren't attracting or keeping Top Talent

The reality of it is, that it doesn't much matter whether you're looking for C2C, W2, or 1099, the top talent out there is likely laughing your offers all the way to trash. Thanks to the digital world, they didn't even get the satisfaction of crumpling it up and realizing why they're in IT and not the NBA. [More]