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How to Create a Simple Xamarin.Forms Weather Application Using Xuni

Not too long ago, we introduced the native versions of Xuni with a pair of webinars that demonstrated using Xuni to create a simple weather application. Though we've covered creating this weather app natively on both iOS and Android, we haven't covered building the app (or using a web service) with Xamarin.Forms. In this article we'll fill in that blank by building a simple weather application example.

February 4, 2016

Using iOS Frameworks in Xcode's Interface Builder

If you've ever wished you could use a third-party framework in XCode's interface builder, you'll be glad to know there's a workaround for enabling some of this functionality. Sometimes it's much easier to do all of the layout and positioning in storyboards using constraints and autolayout. Sure, you can create a view and set the custom class via the identity inspector, but you're essentially stuck with a blank view in the designer that you'll have to fully configure in code. There is a workaround for this though, and a mechanism to add in some of the interface builder functionality that third party frameworks often lack.

January 28, 2016

Project Islandwood: Testing the Windows Bridge for iOS

Many months ago Microsoft announced their intention to enable iOS developers the ability to use their objective C code inside a Windows 10 application using a tool dubbed Project Islandwood. News on the progress of the tool was quiet for a few months, but back in August Microsoft went ahead and released the opensource project to GitHub as the Windows Bridge for iOS. I was quite curious to try this tool out to see how well it worked, what the projects looked, and experience the novelty of looking at objective-c code in Visual Studio. After spending some time playing with it I wanted to share some of my experiences working with it.

January 21, 2016

Creating a Custom iOS Checkbox Control in Objective-C

What actually goes into creating a custom control? This article is meant to answer some of that question by providing a walkthrough for creating a simple iOS control. We'll focus on creating a custom iOS checkbox control, and demonstrate the necessary steps to make the control usable in the Xcode designer and your application.

January 14, 2016

An Experiment: Using Xuni in tvOS with the new AppleTV

The new AppleTV comes packed with a new tvOS (which is similar to iOS) that allows developers to build apps to target the new devices AppStore. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see whether the current version of Xuni iOS would work in this environment and document some of the process.

December 22, 2015

Tracking Memory Allocation with DDMS and Android Studio

Inspect our apps' performance by viewing the heap and tracking memory allocations in both DDMS (Dalvik Debug Monitor Server) and Android Studio.

December 11, 2015

Xuni Roadmap - 2016 v1

Here's a list of what we are expecting to offer for the 2016 v1 release in March 2016 and in an update later this month.

December 4, 2015

Android Method Profiling with DDMS

In this blog post I look at how to profile my app's method execution time using DDMS Method Profiling. I also cover installing and launching DDMS and analyzing test results.

December 3, 2015

How to Proportionally Size Columns with FlexGrid (Star Sizing)

In this post I will discuss a useful feature we’ve added to FlexGrid known as star-sizing columns. Star-sizing is a proportional column sizing technique that enables FlexGrid to be used in more adaptive scenarios. If you’re going to use FlexGrid you should know how to take advantage of its star-sizing capabilities.

November 18, 2015

Xuni 2015 v3 Release - See What's New

This release we've made several improvements for mobile scenarios including adaptive column layouts in FlexGrid and touch-enabled line markers for FlexChart. Other new features include cell freezing and column resizing in FlexGrid and on-demand loading in CollectionView.

November 11, 2015

How to Customize Cells and Custom Cell Editors in FlexGrid for Android

A walk-through of how to customize cell content and editors in Xuni FlexGrid for Android.

October 30, 2015

How to read and write to CSV files using Xuni FlexGrid for Android

Loading and saving data to a local CSV file on the Android platform using Xuni FlexGrid from GrapeCity.

October 7, 2015

Update Animation Deep Dive

September 25, 2015

What's New in iOS 9 and Swift 2.0: Stack Views, Distribution, and Error Handling

A brief walk-through of new additions to iOS 9 and Swift, including stack views, distribution, and built-in error handling.

September 18, 2015

How To Use Xuni iOS Controls With XCode Storyboards

An introduction to using custom class UIViews in iOS Storyboards to design applications using Xuni with XCode 5.1+ and iOS 7.1+.

September 1, 2015

Introducing Xuni iOS Webcast

In this webcast we get up close and personal with Xuni iOS’s data management and data visualization controls for Universal iOS apps.

August 28, 2015

Xuni 2015 v2 Release - See What's New

The 2015 v2 release introduces two new mobile platforms: Xuni for iOS and Xuni for Android. Plus, we've added new controls and features to Xamarin.Forms. The specific platforms and features added are described in this post.

August 19, 2015