Using Xamarin Forms DependencyService and Azure Mobile Services to Add Authentication to Cross-Platform Apps

We previously looked how to create a Xamarin Forms App using Azure Mobile Services for storing and retrieving data. However, up until now, we have been saving the data globally so that it is accessible to all users. This post will explore how to add device-specific authentication to each app so that users can register and manage their own private data using any of the supported authentication providers.

Read more at the Falafel Software Blog: Using Xamarin Forms DependencyService and Azure Mobile Services to Add Authentication to Cross-Platform Apps

Loading Indicators and Automatic ViewModel Refresh in Xamarin Forms

This post continues the series on building a cross-platform app with Xamarin Forms. Although the focus is to demonstrate using Azure Mobile Services, there is a lot that we can do first to improve the user experience of the app. Today we will look at how easy it is to add a loading indicator as well as automatically refresh the app views when changes are made.

Read more at the Falafel Software Blog: Loading Indicators and Automatic ViewModel Refresh in Xamarin Forms

Creating Global Resources for Xamarin Forms Apps

In our last post (Creating Device-Specific Properties in Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin Forms) we looked at how we can leverage Page Resources to create device-specific properties that can be reused across the page. Today we’ll look at how we can convert these and other reusable property definitions to global resources so that all of an apps resources can be maintained from a single location.

Read more at the Falafel Software Blog: Creating Global Resources for Xamarin Forms Apps

Creating Device-Specific Properties in Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin Forms

The previous post Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin Forms and Azure Mobile Services demonstrated a simple Xamarin forms app to store and manage rebates. However, there were a few issues that impeded the user experience that should be polished up.

Specifically, there are some discrepancies between the different platforms, such as different font sizes as well as a missing Page title on the Windows Phone version.

Today we’ll look at how we can create and use page resources to create device-specific properties allowing us to update the Rebate Reminder app to create a more unified user experience.

Read more at the Falafel Software Blogs: Creating Device-Specific Properties in Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin Forms

Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin Forms and Azure Mobile Services

Inspired by Jesse Liberty’s fantastic blog series on learning Xamarin Forms, I decided to explore developing a fully cross-platform app of my own using Xamarin Forms. I thought it would be useful to explore how I can leverage Azure Mobile Services within the app to create a unified experience for a user regardless of which device they use, and allow their data to travel with them.

For this app, I’ve chose to resurrect the very first app I ever developed, Rebate Reminder. I wrote this app YEARS ago when was first starting out as a developer, and was an old Windows Forms VB app I wrote in .NET 1.1! I promised myself I would revisit it and make a REAL app of it someday, and it looks like that time is now!

Read more at the Falafel Software Blog: Cross-Platform Apps with Xamarin Forms and Azure Mobile Services