Xamarin.Forms.Maps integration in WinPhone Project

Map is an external component which will be obtained from the Nuget Component store.

Integration of Maps requires some config changes from platform to platforms. I have targeted the WinPhone project configuration here. In the next blog, will point to other platforms.

Simple Steps

  • Add Xamarin.Forms.Map to every project in the solution
  • Call the FormMaps.Init() method in each project to initialize the map
  • Create the Map object with region co-ordinates
  • Add that Map object in a layout in the PCL/Shared project

nuget-XamarinFormsMaps

In the PCL/Shared project, Let’s add a new Content page and name it as MapPage.cs. Now time to add the below code to it.

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Child control Event handling in Listview using Xamarin.Forms

We can add child controls to Listview in Xamarin.Forms. In order to see the child control in action we will take an example. Let’s display a list of data in the Listview and perform delete option on the list data per row basis.

Since we need to add multiple columns in the list view, we need to use the DataTemplate to define the custom view. Let’s use a model class to assign the data to the custom view.

We will use XAML to design a Listview

InsideXAMLView
In the above XAML, we have used the StackLayout as the parent container for the child views. It contains a Label and a Listview. UI Control is ready.

Time to add event to the child control
We will replace the Button control in the above XAML with the following line

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Display requirement specific keyboard using Xamarin.Forms

Xamarin uses the Keyboard class to show different virtual keyboards depending upon the user request. It contains several static properties to create different kind of virtual keyboards. Xamarin displays the Default Keyboard, if nothing is specified.

Keyboard for Chatting

ChatKeyboard

It opens up the default virtual keyboard in the device, which would be convenient for chatting, having few extra keys.

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Using a Scrollview in XamarinForms

What is it ???

The short answer is ScrollView is a Layout. But it can only contain a single Visual Element in its Content property.

Why So ???

Because, the Layouts such as Stack, relative etc. are derived from Layout<T> generic class. This Layout<T> generic class is derived from the Layout class, which is a non-generic class.

ScrollView is inherited from the Non-generic Layout class. That is the same reason, why it does not support a generic way to add children. It only exhibits the Content property to accept a single view or a Layout.

ScrollView

Usage by example

Usage Example #1 : Let’s display a paragraph of scrolling text

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Customizing Listview display in Xamarin

As the usual behavior of ListView to display the items in a list and it contains a single column. The ItemSource property of Listview accepts the list of data to be displayed and render the same on screen.

The code for a simple list to display the Students of a class would like as in the following pic.

ListViewInXamarinForms

Now let’s customize this ListView in a way to display the Student Name along with the Class and School they belongs to.

ListViewItem

As in the image above, the data contains a single record. So to accommodate the data in a single record, Let’s create a Student model class.

In order to customize the ListView display, we need to override the ViewCell class.

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What’s new in Xamarin.Forms 1.3 : Inherited App Class

With the new release of Xamarin.Forms 1.3 version, the App Class has its new Avatar. The Older version of App Class was just a class with static methods. Unlike the older version, the new version is an inherited class from the Xamarin.Forms.Application class. Summary of improvements Addition of new life cycle events : We can

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Consuming RESTFul web Service in XamarinForms project Using HttpClient

Web service is an important part of the mobile app. I am trying to consume a RESTFul web service in Xamarin using HttpClient. Prerequisites : – Microsoft.Net.Http – Newtonsoft.Json In this example, let’s display the name of the places for a given postal code. We will use the http://api.geonames.com webservice to get the places. Call

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Configure Xamarin.Forms XAML intellisense in Visual Studio

There is a plugin available for Visual Studio to enable intellisense for Xamarin.Forms XAML.

Don’t believe me. Here is how I saw before the XAML intellisense is installed.

WithoutIntellisense

 

Let’s configure it in Visual Studio. 

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Xamarin.Forms.DependencyService platform tweaks

What is DependencyService in Xamarin ?

DependencyService is a static class under Xamarin.Forms namespace. Shared or Portable projects can access the platform based tweaks that are done in any specific platform projects by using DependencyService.

How it works?

The key point is by defining an Interface.

  • Declare an Interface in the Shared / Portable project.
  • Implement the interface in platform specific projects.
  • Register the class under DependencyService Assembly with Dependency attribute.
  • Call the DependencyService.get method with the Interface. It will identify the platform and executes the implementation

Xamarin.Form.DependencyService

 

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Xamarin.Mobile : Cross platform component for Device APIs

Xamarin.Mobile is a component from Xamarin to write a commonly used code to consume the device API.  What I meant by the commonly used code is, the same code that will can access device specific APIs and behave accordingly depending upon the platform in which it is running.

More than a month back newest release of Xamarin.Mobile is still in its preview release mode.

As of now, it supports the following device APIs for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

  • Contacts
  • Geolocation
  • Media

Xamarin.Mobile

 

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