Issue 4

On this week of the Xamarin development blog we are introducing 4 top topics from the Xamarin feed!

Performing OCR for iOS, Android, and Windows with Microsoft Cognitive Services

Posted: 2016-08-04
Category: Xamarin Platform
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Optical character recognition, commonly known as OCR, detects the text found in an image or video and extracts the recognized words. By using OCR, we can provide our users a much better user experience; instead of having to manually perform data entry on a mobile device, users can simply take a photo, and OCR can extract the information required without requiring any further interaction from the user. Many mobile apps have adopted OCR as a primary user input source, such as apps for tracking expenses or keeping track of business cards, or you may have seen this feature used to “scan” your information off of a credit card rather than typing it in.

In this blog post, you will learn how to add OCR to your mobile apps in just a few lines of code by building an invoice-tracking app for iOS, Android, and Windows with Xamarin.Forms and Microsoft Cognitive Services.


Creating Animations with Xamarin.Forms

Posted: 2016-08-03
Category: Xamarin Platform, Xamarin.Forms
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Animations are a great way to add polish to your user interface and make your app stand out. Xamarin.Forms includes its own animation infrastructure that allows for easy creation of simple animations, while also being versatile enough to create complex animations. The Xamarin.Forms animation classes target different properties of visual elements, with a typical animation progressively changing a property from one value to another over a period of time. Note that there is no XAML interface for the Xamarin.Forms animation classes. However, animations can be encapsulated in behaviors and then referenced from XAML.


.NET Standard Library Support for Xamarin

Posted: 2016-08-02
Category: Xamarin Platform
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Today, we are extremely pleased to release support for .NET Standard Libraries for all Xamarin applications. This includes creating and consuming local .NET Standard Libraries, but also adding .NET Standard Libraries from NuGet directly to your Xamarin apps. It’s now easier than ever to share code across all .NET platforms, including the recently introduced .NET Core and ASP.NET Core platforms.


Xamarin Dev Days! August 2016

Find a Xamarin Event near you!! Of course we hoped to have one in or near our hometown of Pittsburgh, perhaps next time. If there is one near you, take full advantage of it!

Event Link City and Date Event Name
Xamarin Dev Days  Around the World! August Join your local developer community for a FREE full day of hands-on learning
Seattle Mobile .NET Developers  Seattle, WA, August 2 Using F# to Create a Shared Logic Layer
Richmond .NET Users Group (RDNUG)  Richmond, VA, August 4 Xamarin! Build native iOS & Android apps with .NET with Xamarin MVP, ED Snider
Auckland Xamarin Meetup  Auckland, New Zealand, August 10 Deep Dive Into Mvvm For Xamarin
Microsoft-Maniacs  Sterling, VA, August 10 Xamarin! Build native iOS and Android apps with .NET. with Xamarin MVP, ED Snider
Guadalajara Mobile .NET Developers Group  Guadalajara, Mexico, August 10 Get immersed in Xamarin Development
Zürich Xamarin Developers Group  Zürich, Switzerland, August 11 Azure + Xamarin = <3
Nashville Mobile .NET Developers  Nashville, TN, August 16 Easy Page Scaffolding with Xamarin.Forms DataPages
NYC Mobile .NET Developers  New York City, NY, August 16 State of Union: Xamarin & Cross-Platform .NET in 2016 and Beyond
Houston Xamarin User Group (HXUG)  Houston, TX, August 17 Multithreading in Xamarin
Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group  Minneapolis, MN, August 18 IoT with your Xamarin Mobile App
Mobile CR .NET Developers  San Jose, Costa Rica, August 20 Workshop – Introducing mobile apps with Xamarin and C#/.NET
Chicago .NET Mobile Developers  Chicago, IL, August 25 Memory Management with Xamarin – what you need to know!