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Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015 preview

20 Nov

As part of the Connect() event Microosft released Visual Studio 2015 preview. It is an awesome version of Visual Studio with lots of new exiting features. Building cross platform apps is now integrated deeply into Visual Studio giving even more focus on Xamarin as solid cross platform technology. For period we have begun looking at Xamarin as part of our portfolio in Bluefragments. Hence the even closer  relation between Microsoft and Xamarin is great for a company like Bluefragments.


The installer for Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015 preview is available from within Visual Studio 2015 and you will be prompted to download it when you try to build your first Android or IOS app.


By default, the Xamarin Windows Installer will just update the components you have previously installed, when applying an update. Since you previously didn’t have 2015 components installed, then by default you won’t be getting them installed right now – that is a bug and the workaround is right here.

Happy cross platform development :)

// thomas

Code Sample Browser

18 Feb

Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking to a guy from the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team. He introduced me to a Code Sample Browser app for Windows Store that gives developers a way to search, download and browse over 4500 code samples from MSDN Samples Gallery. The Sample Browser is also available for the Desktop.

// thomas

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Templates in Visual Studio 2012

1 Nov

For some time now I have developed XAML based Windows Store apps using Visual Studio Ultimate 2012. The apps are built for clients as part of my company targeting consumers. What I’m trying to get to is that I use Visual Studio and the built-in templates quite a lot. And with that also comes some features requests :)

The built-in solution templates are fine. They are good for getting started and learning about the new guidelines for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. I guess that every Windows Store developer have tried to build a demo app based on the templates. So my issues comes to adding new items to my projects. Every time I add a new Page or new UserControl to a project, I have to delete 20 lines of comments in the XAML and in the code-behind (especially for Windows Phone 8). The comments describe how to get started using the items and how to read more about the type of item. This is great information for new developers or developers getting to know the platform – but it’s not appropriate in a pro tool like Visual Studio Ultimate. Why not have it in a starter kit or in the Express editions of Visual Studio (only).

To answer a comment that most likely will pop-up – yes I’m aware that it’s possible to customize the content of the items. It just shouldn’t be necessary in pro tools like Visual Studio. I think.

// thomas

VS2010: Keeping Zoom In Sync Across All Tabs

11 May

Great VS2010 extension by Microsoft that keep zoom level in sync across all tabs.

“This extension creates a global zoom level so that if you zoom a single window, all editor instances will be updated to that zoom level. This helps a great deal if you want to use zooming during a presentation.”

Download it at

by xamlgeek

Problem installing VS2010 Beta 2

18 Feb

VS2010 Beta 2 has support for SL3 development and includes SL3 SDK build 3.0.40818. There is a known issue installing VS2010 Beta 2 (and Web Developer Express 2010 Beta 2) on computers running SL3 SDK build 3.0.40624 that is installed with VS2008 and Expression Blend 3.

To fix the issue you need to uninstall SL3 SDK build 3.0.40624 from Add/Remove Programs and then install SL3 SDK build 3.0.40818 from

by xamlgeek

Visual Studio 2010 RC available for everyone to download

11 Feb

Visual Studio 2010 RC is now available for everyone to download. Read more at Jason Zander’s blog:

or go directly to the download site:

by xamlgeek

Visual Studio 2010 RC

9 Feb

Visual Studio 2010 RC is now available to MSDN subscribers.

There are some know issues – one of them is Silverlight 4 projects are not yet supported.  “We will be adding VS 2010 RC support for SL4 with the next public Silverlight 4 drop. If you are doing active Silverlight 4 development today we recommend staying with the VS10 Beta 2 build for now.”



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