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Mastering Xamarin.Forms - Second Edition

By : Ed Snider
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Mastering Xamarin.Forms - Second Edition

By: Ed Snider

Overview of this book

Discover how to extend and build upon the components of the Xamarin.Forms toolkit to develop effective, robust mobile app architecture. Starting with an app built with the basics of the Xamarin.Forms toolkit, we'll go step by step through several advanced topics to create a solution architecture rich with the benefits of good design patterns and best practices. We'll start by introducing a core separation between the app's user interface and the app's business logic by applying the MVVM pattern and data-binding. Then we will focus on building out a layer of plugin-like services that handle platform-specific utilities such as navigation and geo-location, as well as how to loosely use these services in the app with inversion of control and dependency injection. Next we'll connect the app to a live web-based API and set up offline synchronization. Then, we'll dive into testing the app logic through unit tests. Finally, we will setup Visual Studio App Center to automate building, testing, distributing and monitoring the app.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Platform Specific Services and Dependency Injection

This chapter will not teach you everything there is to know about inversion of control (IoC) and dependency injection, as there are numerous resources available that strictly focus on these topics alone. Instead, this chapter will focus on how these patterns apply to mobile development and, more specifically, how to implement them in a Xamarin.Forms mobile app.

The following is a quick look at what we'll cover in this chapter:

  • The need for dependency injection in a multi-platform mobile app development
  • Implementing IoC and dependency injection using a third-party library in place of Xamarin.Forms DependencyService
  • Creating, injecting, and using platform-specific services
  • Updating our TripLog app to use platform-specific services through dependency injection