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Using Akka.NET Actor Systems in Xamarin Apps

Akka.NET is a great toolkit for building concurrent and fault-tolerant systems by way of the actor model. Most think of actor systems as something you would just do on the server side of things, as part of building large distributed systems, but the approach works great for all sorts of applications. The recent release of Akka.NET 1.3 brought with it support for .NET Standard 1.6, so naturally I needed to try using…

Looking Ahead to Xamarin.Forms 3.0

It's been a few years now since Xamarin.Forms was released into the world, and it continues to be a popular and evolving framework choice for Xamarin developers. Later this year Microsoft is planning to release Xamarin.Forms 3.0, its third major release of the framework, which is slated to ship with a lot of exciting features and improvements. While it certainly won't be comprehensive, as the feature set is large and still in motion…

Visual Studio Mobile Center: A Better Way To Build Mobile Apps

If you're building a mobile app, there's a lot of things you need to set up. How do you build and distribute your app? How do you authenticate your users? Do you have some sort of backend set up to store your data? How are you monitoring errors and usage? The list goes on and on. Microsoft has a lot of different offerings targeting these very needs. There's Xamarin Insights for crash reporting and monitoring, Test…