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Mastering Xamarin.Forms Paperback – January 30, 2016
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About the Author
Ed Snider is a senior software engineer, speaker, and Xamarin MVP based in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area. He has a passion for mobile design and development and regularly speaks about Xamarin and Windows app development at local user groups and community events. Ed is also the founder and organizer of the DC and Northern Virginia Mobile .NET Developers Groups. Ed works at InfernoRed Technology, where his primary role is working with clients and partners to build awesome mobile solutions on the iOS, Android, and Windows platforms. He's been coding for over half of his life, starting out by working part time in high school updating the local newspaper's website and building web apps for small businesses in his hometown. For the first few years of his career as a software developer, Ed worked with Cold Fusion to build dynamic web applications and e-commerce solutions. He started working with the .NET framework when .NET 2.0 came out, building enterprise software with WinForms and ASP.NET, and eventually got into SharePoint solution architecture and development for large federal organizations. For the past several years, Ed has been focused on building mobile apps with .NET for Windows, iOS, and Android using Xamarin. Ed blogs at www.edsnider.net and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/edsnider.
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There is a ton of information out there on the internet about Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms - and programming in general. Most of it us uncurated, so I typically turn to a book to get a head start. On this topic, I read the introductory book (Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms by Petzold) and found it to be a bit too introductory for me. This book however was great at taking some of the patterns we all know and love (like navigation, and MVVM) and showing how to execute them in real world examples. Exactly what I needed to get proficient quickly. It will be a good reference to have on the shelf.
My only complaint and it's nit picky is I wish the downloadable code had snapshots for each chapter. The code you download is as of the end of the book and the code evolves considerably over the course of the book so cutting and pasting becomes tricky early on if you want to avoid typing in some of the lengthier sections. You can cut and paste from the Kindle edition for a while, but eventually you run out of chances as the publisher sets a cut and past limit.
Still highly recommended.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to master Xamarin.Forms! :-D
Sr. Technical Evangelist @ Microsoft
I think this book should have a lot more info in the description stating clearly 1) it's written using the iOS development platform which, at the least, makes it a bit confusing for the majority of us developers (comparing iOS developer community count vs. Microsoft developer community) and 2) it's terribly out of date with modern platforms, both iOS and Android.
It's basically obsolete and now, I can't seem to return/acquire a refund. Very disappointing. And, as usual, the "free view" doesn't really to far enough to adequately determine all of this so you have to buy it. Seriously considering bagging Kindle and Amazon altogether for technical docs due to these types of irresponsible and misleading advertising. Too bad since I generally like Amazon.