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Interview with a Returning Customer

This is an interview with Jeff S on his experience with ActiveReports versus a competitor, and why he chose ActiveReports.

How to use a hardware keyboard with FlexGrid

Xuni 2016 v3 added support for using hardware keyboards with FlexGrid. In this article we take a deeper look at how this feature works.

ActiveReports 11 - Faster Reporting for the Enterprise

ActiveReports 11 was released on November 15, 2016. The release includes updates to both ActiveReports Developer and ActiveReports Server. This is an important release that ticks a number of milestones on our road map:

What's new in 2016 v3

The new Xuni includes a number of enhancements and fixes across Xamarin, iOS, and Android. This article takes a look at what new features are a part of the Xuni 2016 v3 release.

Xuni 2016 v3 Update Available

The new release of Xuni 2016 v3 brings many new fixes and features. This article documents all of the changes.

Visual Studio for Mac

Today at Microsoft's Connect event, Microsoft finally announced the long unthinkable version of Visual Studio for Mac. While this may seem like a major change on the surface, a closer look quickly reveals that Visual Studio for Mac is an updated and rebranded version of Xamarin Studio. There are new features included in this release though, and in a broader sense it signals a more open Microsoft.

How to use Speech Recognition with Xamarin.Android

In this article we'll examine how you can integrate speech recognition into your Xamarin.Android application using the Android.Speech API to create a FlexGrid with filtering that is driven by speech recognition.

Redesign the Periodic Table as a .NET Sunburst Chart

In the world of data visualization, standard techniques like Tables, Bars and Pies have always been the conventional choice. However, you may want a more unconventional option so users can visualize large amounts of complex data easily, clearly and efficiently. In this blog, we'll look at how we can turn the Periodic Table into a Sunburst chart, bringing a new paradigm to modern data visualization.

More Adaptive Techniques with Content Views and Master Detail

In my previous blog post I covered the basic tips for building adaptive Xamarin.Forms apps for tablets and phones. In this post I'm going to complete the discussion with two very adaptive-friendly components that make app development fun - ContentView and MasterDetailPage.

Using Xuni for Data Visualization on Android

The final sprint covers adding some data visualization to the Fitness Explorer app which is otherwise complete. In this article we'll delve into how Xuni was used in the app, and the different types of data visualization it provides.

A look at the Visual Studio 15 Preview

Microsoft is previewing a new version of Visual Studio which is tentatively titled Visual Studio 15. The IDE is now in its fifth preview version, and it has some small but noticeable improvements over Visual Studio 2015. In this article, we'll take a look at how you can get it, and some of the changes it brings.

Using Asynchronous Programming and the Observer Pattern on Android

The Fitness Explorer development process is nearing its end in my seventh sprint. I'd already done a lot of work developing the app by this time, though there were still some new concepts for me to delve into. During my seventh sprint I focussed on learning about asynchronous programming and using the Observer Pattern on Android.

Tips for Building Adaptive Xamarin.Forms Apps

An adaptive UI adapts its layout to the needs of the user. You may adapt your UI for several reasons like the user’s role, or experience, but most of the time you will change an app’s layout or features when it runs on different sized devices.  You’ve probably heard of responsive apps on the web. Adaptive UIs are basically the same thing.

Plotting Hierarchical and Flat Data in a .NET Sunburst Chart

Continuing with our Getting Started with .NET Sunburst Charts... series, let's dig deeper and understand more about the data that you can visualize with Sunburst chart.

Material design and Raster vs Vector assets

The sixth sprint deals making an app look nice with different types of image assets and using Material Design. This article will discuss some of the differences in these different types of assets and generally using Material Design.

How to use Speech Recognition with Xamarin.iOS

Apple has introduced a few interesting new features in the iOS 10 APIs for working with speech including a new Speech API and SiriKit. The Speech API especially provides a compelling way to incorporate speech recognition into your application. Xamarin has ported all of these new APIs to their platform giving you the ability to try these new features our and incorporate them into your app. In this article we'll examine how you can integrate speech recognition into your Xamarin.iOS application by guiding you through creating a speech driven FlexGrid with the ability to filter based on a spoken word.

Working with Prototypes and the Google Fit API

This article explores my fifth sprint working on the Fitness Explorer app where I look at using the Google Fit API.

Label Reports

You can create reports with data arranged in columns and rows to print on label sheets. Let's take a look at how to do this with each type of report.

Learning Creational, Architectural, and Structural design patterns for Android Development

In this article I'll delve into my fourth sprint where we cover several design patterns including creation, architectural, and structural patterns.