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Xamarin and .NET Developer Events in May

Learn about new, exciting releases and tools to help jumpstart your next mobile development project by networking with your local community. You too could get all the latest updates about Xamarin and .NET related technologies, including details for all the Microsoft Build 2019 Viewing Parties!

Shrinking Your Android App Size

When it comes to application size, bigger is not better. In fact, it’s one of the key factors a user takes into mind when considering installing or uninstalling your application. Imagine if a user ran out of space on their device and your app was one of the biggest offenders for used space. It would be quite a shame for your application to be one of the first to be uninstalled, purely for how large it is...

Getting Ready for macOS’s Hardened Runtime and Notary

With macOS Mojave, Apple introduced support for Hardened Runtime and Notary service. These two services are designed to improve application security on macOS. Recently Apple has stated: “Beginning in macOS 10.14.5, all new or updated kernel extensions and all software from developers new to distributing with Developer ID must be notarized in order to run. In a future version of macOS, notarization will be required by default for all software.”

Xamarin Podcast: Visual Studio 2019 is released!

Keeping up with the latest in .NET, C#, Xamarin, and Azure is easier than ever. Cohosts Matt Soucoup and James Montemagno cover a range of topics relevant to Xamarin developers from designing mobile apps to identity management. Be sure to subscribe to the Xamarin Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

Getting Started With WorkManager

Give a warm welcome to WorkManager. WorkManager is a library that makes it easy to schedule deferrable, asynchronous tasks even if the app exits or the device restarts. It was designed to be backwards compatible to API 14 and does so by wrapping JobScheduler, AlarmManager, and BroadcastReceivers all in one.

Visual Challenge Conquered!

Last week we issued a challenge to the Xamarin community to use the new Material Design controls with Visual by reproducing an existing screen. The view should look and behave mostly the same on both Android and iOS. The goal for us was to learn if the new Visual feature was easy to use, how helpful the Material Design controls were for meeting design needs, and what we should do next to make this capability really sing. You really took to the challenge and exceeded our expectations