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Xamarin.Forms Projects - Second Edition

By : Daniel Hindrikes, Johan Karlsson
Book Image

Xamarin.Forms Projects - Second Edition

By: Daniel Hindrikes, Johan Karlsson

Overview of this book

Xamarin.Forms is a lightweight cross-platform development toolkit for building apps with a rich user interface. Improved and updated to cover the latest features of Xamarin.Forms, this second edition covers CollectionView and Shell, along with interesting concepts such as augmented reality (AR) and machine learning. Starting with an introduction to Xamarin and how it works, this book shares tips for choosing the type of development environment you should strive for when planning cross-platform mobile apps. You’ll build your first Xamarin.Forms app and learn how to use Shell to implement the app architecture. The book gradually increases the level of complexity of the projects, guiding you through creating apps ranging from a location tracker and weather map to an AR game and face recognition. As you advance, the book will take you through modern mobile development frameworks such as SQLite, .NET Core Mono, ARKit, and ARCore. You’ll be able to customize your apps for both Android and iOS platforms to achieve native-like performance and speed. The book is filled with engaging examples, so you can grasp essential concepts by writing code instead of reading through endless theory. By the end of this book, you’ll be ready to develop your own native apps with Xamarin.Forms and its associated technologies, such as .NET Core, Visual Studio 2019, and C#.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
A Matchmaking App with a Rich UX Using Animations

In this chapter, we will create the base functionality for a matchmaking app. We won't be rating people, however, because of privacy issues. Instead, we will download images from a random source on the internet. This project is for anyone who wants an introduction to how to write reusable controls. We will also look at using animations to make our application feel nicer to use. This app will not be a Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) application since we want to isolate the creation and usage of a control from the slight overhead of MVVM.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Creating a custom control
  • Styling the app to look like a photo, with descriptive text beneath it
  • Animations using Xamarin.Forms
  • Subscribing to custom events
  • Reusing the custom control over and over again
  • Handling pan gestures