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What’s the next big thing in tech right now?

Ok I’m taking a little break from the development articles for this one that’s more fun. What is the next big thing in technology right now? Clearly the answer is OpenAI and Generative AI overall. However, I’ve been seeing some posts about advancements in another technology that is very important. Maybe not to the level… Read More »

Which version of .NET MAUI should I be using?

Here we are in September of 2023 and it may not be obvious whether you should be using the stable version of Visual Studio or the preview version. Also, things have become a bit more complicated with the announcement that Visual Studio for Mac is in maintenance mode and will go away eventually. First of… Read More »

Templated Controls in .NET MAUI

Let’s say you want a custom control in .NET MAUI where the look and feel can be completely described in XAML and doesn’t require any platform specific rendering. You can easily do this using a ContentView. If you Add New Item, you can choose a .NET MAUI ContentView (XAML). And this will generate a XAML… Read More »

Accessing Xamarin Forms App Properties in .NET MAUI

There were two primary ways to store preferences in Xamarin Forms. You could use either App Properties or Xamarin Essentials Preferences. Both are similar, with key/value pairs that are stored somewhere that the application can access, but private to the application. You could remember a username, store application preferences like colors and other customizations, and… Read More »

Aloha, .NET MAUI

UPDATE: This post has been updated to the latest version of the VS2022 preview. If you are a Xamarin developer, it’s pretty likely you have already heard of .NET MAUI. If not, I’d say the best way to describe it is that it is a successor to Xamarin Forms. I say a successor instead of… Read More »

React Native for Windows Goes Mainstream

At the Build conference on Tuesday May 7, 2019, Microsoft presented a session on React Native for Windows. You can find the presentation at the link below, and I highly recommend watching the video to get more than my condensed version here. React Native is a popular framework created by Facebook to allow developers… Read More »

Making Sense of .NET 5

Today at the first day of Microsoft’s annual Build conference, Microsoft announced .NET 5 which will be released in November 2020. This led to some confusion in discussions with some of my colleagues and friends. What about .NET Core? Isn’t that the future? The road forward? The answer is yes, and more so than ever.… Read More »