Course Number: MBL-228

Duration: 3 days (19.5 hours)

Format: Live, hands-on

Xamarin Training Overview

In this Xamarin.Forms training class, students take a deep-dive into the different approaches used to build Xamarin applications. Attendees gain an understanding of the XAML language, which is the best approach for building Xamarin.Forms applications. In addition, participants learn about MVVM, the pattern typically used for creating XAML-based applications. After taking this course, students will feel confident building apps with Xamarin.Forms.

Location and Pricing

This course is taught as a private, live online class for teams of 3 or more. All our courses are hands-on, instructor-led, and tailored to fit your group’s goals and needs. Most Accelebrate classes can be flexibly scheduled for your group, including delivery in half-day segments across a week or set of weeks. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for online corporate training, please contact us.

Objectives

  • Prepare their environment for Xamarin
  • Identify the different approaches for creating cross-platform applications that share code among UWP, iOS, and Android
  • Apply the basics of Xamarin.Forms
  • Use XAML
  • Use a data binding framework to make working with data much easier
  • Create a UI that works well on all types of devices
  • Create MVVM-based Xamarin applications
  • Utilize the most commonly used navigation patterns
  • Use custom renderers to extend the behavior of applications
  • Create complex layouts
  • Use the ListView in a more advanced scenario
  • Integrate cloud services with applications

Prerequisites

All students must have C# knowledge, as this course (and Xamarin.Forms) use C#. XAML knowledge is not required.

Outline

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Introduction to Cross-Platform Development with Xamarin
  • Hello Xamarin!
  • C# everywhere
  • How Xamarin works
  • Xamarin components
  • Visual Studio integration
  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • Xamarin Forms and XAML
  • Preparing your environment for Xamarin
Cross-platform Code-Sharing Approaches and Architectural Considerations
  • Code-sharing options
  • The architecture of a Cross-platform Xamarin application
  • Shared Projects
  • Portable Class Libraries (legacy)
  • .NET Standard and the future with .NET 5
Introduction to Xamarin.Forms
  • Introduction to Xamarin Forms
  • Project structure
  • Pages
  • Views
  • Layouts
  • Lists and Cells
  • Navigation
  • Platform features
  • Working with the DependencyService
  • Using Xamarin Plugins
  • Custom renderers intro
  • App Lifecycle
XAML and Data Binding in Xamarin.Forms
  • What is XAML?
  • Building an app with XAML
  • XAML Syntax
  • XAML Markup Extensions
Data Binding in Xamarin.Forms
  • Data binding introduction
  • Syntax
  • Using the binding context
  • Converters
  • Binding Modes
  • Changes through the INotifyPropertyChanged
Styling and Layout
  • Styles introduction
  • Implicit styles
  • Style inheritance
  • Theming an app
Creating Xamarin.Forms Applications Using MVVM
  • Hello MVVM
  • ViewModels
  • Behaviors
  • Commanding
  • Messaging
  • View model locators
  • Testing MVVM-based applications with unit tests
Navigation Patterns in Xamarin.Forms
  •  The most commonly used navigation patterns including master-detail and drawer navigation
Working with Custom Renderers and Effects
  • Custom renderers
  • Integrating Xamarin.Forms and classic Xamarin
  • Extending the Xamarin.Forms platform
More Layout in Xamarin.Forms
  • Complex types of layouts using Xamarin.Forms
  • The new FlexLayout
  • Layout using stylesheets
  • Control template and the Visual State Manager
The ListView, In-Depth
  • DataTemplateSelector
  • Headers and footers
  • Context actions
  • ListView in a more advanced scenario
Working with Data (Databases and Cloud/Services)
  • Using Xamarin.Forms to get data into applications.
  • How applications can connect with all types of services (REST, WCF…)
  • Bringing several cloud services into our applications (storage, mobile services…)
  • Storing data in files or a local database
Building an Enterprise Application Architecture with Xamarin.Forms
  • Application architecture
  • Working with data and repositories
  • Services
  • Navigation and wrappers for navigation
  • Bootstrapping the application
  • Dependency injection (Autofac)
  • Dialogs
  • Unit testing
Xamarin.Forms Essentials
  • XF Essentials to add cool features to our apps
Miscellaneous Topics
  • Application lifecycle
  • Using custom fonts
  • Using Gestures
  • Localizing applications
  • Animations
  • Drawing with SkiaSharp
  • Storing secrets in Xamarin.Forms applications
  • Performance optimizations in Xamarin.Forms
  • Integrating with the platform more closely
  • Using Xamarin.Forms Shell
Conclusion

Training Materials:

All Xamarin training students receive comprehensive courseware.

Courseware © 2020-2021 Xpirit, part of the Xebia group. All rights reserved.

Software Requirements:

Visual Studio 2019 (updated with the latest available updates).



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