Xamarin Studio – Visual Studio Goodness on Mac

During Evolve 2016, Xamarin released Xamarin Studio (XS) for Mac as a Release Candidate. This release of XS provides more goodness like Visual Studio on Mac. Let’s see some of the features that are available in this release.

1. Dark Theme
For people like me, who work late at night, this is a boon. You can easily switch the theme and get ‘Dark Theme’ for your IDE. You can change the theme by going to
Xamarin Studio > Preferences > Environment > Visual Styles

XS-Dark-ThemeYou’ll need to restart the IDE to see the effects.

2. New Icons and Graphics
You can see lot of new improvements in terms of graphics and icons when you open a project.
XS-Icons-Graphics

3. Roslyn Support with IntelliSense / Code Completion
XS is rewritten to support Roslyn. It allows code- refactoring and better IntelliSense in IDE. This is like a ReSharper for me :)

XS-IntelliSense

4. Xamarin.Form Previewer
Xamarin.Forms Previewer will allow you to see your XAML design right next to it. It is live, so changes in XAML can reflect in UI. You can see the UI results for iOS and Android for both Phone and Tablet mode in both Portrait or Landscape mode. To see the preview, click on ‘Preview’ button on top right corner.
XS-Forms-Preview
Note: You’ll need Xamarin.Forms v2.3x Pre NuGet package to get this working.

5. Better NuGet Support
You could always add specific version of NuGet package in XS by appending ver in query string while on ‘Add Packages’ window. However, now it has became more easier as XS provides a drop-down for version selector. Small feature, but very helpful.
XS-Nuget-Versions

These are the top 5 features which I can think about when it comes to new Xamarin Studio release. There are many more and you can read about them in release documentation. I’m sure, you’ll enjoy this release.

Namaste,
Mayur Tendulkar

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Build Windows Phone Apps In A Jiffy

Want to build Windows Phone apps? Don’t know anything about development or just want to get started, build working POC and hand-over to professional for final touch? Or just want to try your hands on Windows Phone development? This is the ‘right time’.

Today, Microsoft announced a Windows Phone App Studio for the savvy developer filled with great ideas but not enough time.

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You can create apps in just 4 steps.

  • Select a template
  • Add content (static or dynamic like RSS feeds, HTML, etc…)
  • Choose the style, logo, design or do full customization
  • Use it, Share it, Publish it

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The app created using this has a high-standard code and is ready to publish on Windows Phone store. Just download the package and publish it using your publisher account on Windows Phone Store. Don’t have one? Well, you can get one in just $19 “Summer Break” limited-time Dev Center registration offer (through August 26, 2013).

I hope, this will help you to get started with Windows Phone development and build that one mobile app, you always wanted to build Smile

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Namaste
Mayur Tendulkar