Build Better Mobile Apps with Syncfusion and Xamarin Webinar Q&A

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, Syncfusion hosted the webinar “Build Better Mobile Apps with Syncfusion and Xamarin,” presented by Product Specialist Aaron Melamed. Aaron showed participants how to improve their mobile applications with Syncfusion’s Xamarin controls. Find a recording of the webinar here.

The following is the complete Q&A portion of the webinar.

Q: Hi, can you please explain the item template in the carousel more?

A: You can learn about the item template feature at this link:

https://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin/sfcarousel/populating-data#binding-the-data-with-custom-template

Q: Do the Xamarin.Forms controls support .NET Standard?

A: Yes, our controls support .NET Standard. 

Q: Is the source available for download?

A: Yes, it will be made available for download.

Q: The list view shows up as blank when navigating back and forth between pages in a master detail page, only on Android, for some reason.

A: Make sure that all the steps are followed as explained in the following link: If you are still facing an issue, we request that you create a support ticket.

https://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin/sflistview/getting-started

Q: Is it possible to export the .pdf (file, DropBox, etc.), or open the .pdf with another viewer/app?

A: Yes, it is possible to open it in another viewer, like our Essential PDF Viewer.

Q: Can we use the app center with Syncfusion?

A: Yes. You can configure the application that refers to Syncfusion assemblies in the app center.

Q: Is there a table that shows which controls are available on which platform?

A: You can find the list of available Xamarin controls in the following link:

https://www.syncfusion.com/products/xamarin

Q: Are there any controls for viewing Word, Excel, or PowerPoint docs?

A: We do have plans to create them, but not for the immediate future.

Q: Will you be adding item drag reordering for list box in grid mode?

A: Yes. We have plans to include this support in our 2018 Vol 2 release.

Q: What kind of new controls do you plan on adding next?

A: We have plans to provide support for tab view, pop up, progress bar, masked edit, and data forms in the near future.

Q: Are there also UWP controls included? So if I’m using the controls in my Xamarin.Forms app, is everything compatible with a UWP app?

A: Yes. Our Xamarin.Forms components include support for UWP as well.

Q: Do the Mac controls cover native Mac application development or Xamarin.Mac?

A: We have plans for this support in the future.

Q: What about custom PDF layouts, like with itextSharp?

A: Yes, custom PDF layouts are possible. Refer to the UG documentation for more details: https://help.syncfusion.com/file-formats/pdf/working-with-portfolio

Q: Where on your website can the Community License be found?

A: You can find it here:

https://www.syncfusion.com/products/communitylicense

Q: What about performance in list view? Is it better to use grid or stack?

A: It’s built from the ground up with an optimized view reuse strategy to achieve the best possible performance on the Xamarin platform, even when loading large data sets. Refer to the below links for advantages and key feature sets in list view:

https://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin/sflistview/overview#advantages-of-sflistview-over-xamarinforms-listview

https://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin/sflistview/overview#key-features

Q: Is it possible to use a Syncfusion API while developing an app using Android Studio? 

A: No. It is not possible to develop Xamarin apps with Syncfusion controls using Android Studio.

https://www.syncfusion.com/ebooks/xamarin_forms_succinctly

Q: What is the best book to get started with Syncfusion?

A: You can check the help documentation at the following link for all of our controls:

http://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin

Q: Hi, is there any possibility you could share this demo solution as downloadable file?

A: This is the app used in this webinar: https://github.com/AaronMelamed/Car-Demo-App

Q: Can the PDF Creator make a PDF from HTML?

A: No, at present we do not have support to convert HTML to PDF in Xamarin platforms.

Q: Can the PDF Creator make a PDF form to capture values?

A: No. Since HTML to PDF conversion is not possible, we cannot achieve HTML form to PDF form. However, the HTML form to PDF form with values feature is supported in other platforms like Windows Forms, WPF, and web. In our .NET Core platform, it will be available in the upcoming release (mid-Feb, 2018).

Q: How often are existing controls updated or new controls released?

A: We release new features/controls based on the priority of requests quarterly.

Q: This is an extremely well laid out implementation of MVVM. Is there a similar implementation of this application for WPF?

A: You can refer to the showcase samples available in our WPF sample browser.

Q: Does grid control have grouping capabilities?

A: Yes, grid control has grouping capabilities. Please refer to the following UG link for more details:

https://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin/sfdatagrid/grouping

Q: When working in Xamarin and Syncfusion, which approach is better: a PCL project or a class library project?

A: You can go with a shared project when you need to have more platform-specific code in the common project. Otherwise, you can use a PCL project. In both cases, Syncfusion controls will work properly.

Q: Will Syncfusion support its Xamarin.Forms controls in WPF, Mac, and Linux (GTK)? Do you have a scheduled date?

A: We have plans to support Mac and WPF, but no scheduled date.

Q: Do you plan to implement a ribbon in Xamarin.Forms? For desktop apps in Windows, Mac, and Linux (GTK)?

A: We do have plans, but not for the immediate future.

Q: Is there an application sample for schedule control?

A: You can check out the getting started sample with the step-by-step procedure at the following link:

https://help.syncfusion.com/xamarin/sfschedule/getting-started

Q:  Does Syncfusion have controls for students?

A: We have a Community License that students and other eligible individual developers can apply for to use our controls for free.

Q: Will you be providing a masked entry for phone numbers, SSN, etc.?

A: Yes, it is on our roadmap.

Q: Is the Community License for Xamarin.Forms free? Is it possible to put a live app on app stores without any license?

A: Yes, it’s free. You can find more details about this at the following link. You need one of our licenses to publish to an app store.

https://www.syncfusion.com/products/communitylicense

Q: Is there any way to debug faster than using the emulator from Visual Studio?

A: You can use Xamarin live player for this purpose. But currently there is no support for custom controls in Xamarin live player. Recently, Google has released a quick boot emulator that launches and works faster. You can use this emulator instead of Xamarin live player while using custom controls.

https://www.jon-douglas.com/2018/01/03/android-emulator-quick-boot/

If you found this post helpful, please check out these free resources on developing with Xamarin:
Xamarin.Forms for macOS Succinctly (e-book)
Xamarin.Forms Succinctly (e-book)
Xamarin for Beginners, a video tutorial series by Alessandro del Sole
We would love to hear about your projects and questions in the comments!

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