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Using the New Xamarin.Forms Controls Toolbox

Today, we are excited to debut the Xamarin.Forms Controls Toolbox as part of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 and Visual Studio for Mac version 7.6. The toolbox lists the available Xamarin.Forms controls. Furthermore, these can be dragged directly onto the XAML editing surface to create the control on your page!

Attend A .NET Conf Event Near You!

If you have not yet heard of the .NET Conf, it is a FREE, 3-day virtual developer event co-organized by the .NET community and Microsoft. There is a wide selection of live sessions with feature speakers streamed directly from communities around the world and by the .NET product teams. It is your chance to enhance your skills, ask questions to a live audience, and get inspired for your next project.

Securing network traffic with TLS 1.2

Secure and encrypted network communications are a crucial part of mobile application development. Without some kind of security around the communication layer, it is trivial for a third party to eavesdrop and tamper with the messages between the client and the server. If protecting the data being transmitted is important, then some kind of cryptography must be involved to protect both the sender and the receiver from malicious eyes.

Adaptive Mobile Designs with FlexLayout

Xamarin.Forms is fantastic for quickly shipping a single code base to multiple platforms and devices. As soon as you are present on all those different screens, you need to make sure your UI looks as you expect, and even adapt the layout for your specific goals. FlexLayout makes this easier than before and provides new options for you to space and distribute your UI to suit different dimensions.

Xamarin and .NET Developer Events in August!

This year's .NET Conf is coming to you September 12 - 14, 2018! Over the course of the three days, you have a wide selection of live sessions that feature speakers from the community and .NET product teams. These are the experts in their field and it is a chance to learn, ask questions live, and get inspired for your next software project.