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Xamarin.Forms Projects

By : Johan Karlsson, Daniel Hindrikes
Book Image

Xamarin.Forms Projects

By: Johan Karlsson, Daniel Hindrikes

Overview of this book

Xamarin.Forms is a lightweight cross-platform development toolkit for building applications with a rich user interface. In this book you'll start by building projects that explain the Xamarin.Forms ecosystem to get up and running with building cross-platform applications. We'll increase in difficulty throughout the projects, making you learn the nitty-gritty of Xamarin.Forms offerings. You'll gain insights into the architecture, how to arrange your app's design, where to begin developing, what pitfalls exist, and how to avoid them. The book contains seven real-world projects, to get you hands-on with building rich UIs and providing a truly cross-platform experience. It will also guide you on how to set up a machine for Xamarin app development. You'll build a simple to-do application that gets you going, then dive deep into building advanced apps such as messaging platform, games, and machine learning, to build a UI for an augmented reality project. By the end of the book, you'll be confident in building cross-platforms and fitting Xamarin.Forms toolkits in your app development. You'll be able to take the practice you get from this book to build applications that comply with your requirements.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Building the chat app

It's time to start building the app. We recommend that you use the same method as in Chapter 6, Setting up a Backend for a Chat App Using Azure Services, because this will make code sharing easier. In that solution, create a Mobile App (Xamarin.Forms) with the name Chat:

Select the Blank template and use .NET Standard as the Code Sharing Strategy. Select iOS and Android as the platforms. After we have created the project, we will update all NuGet packages to the latest versions because the project templates are not updated as often as the packages that are used inside the templates:

Creating the chat service

The first thing we will do is create a chat service that will be used by both the iOS...