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July 2014

Introduction to iBeacons with Xamarin – Rod Howarth

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Developers have been using GPS and WiFi location detection to enhance their mobile applications and reduce the amount of input required by users by detecting where the user is at a given point in time. However these location detection techniques can only give an accuracy of approximately 10 metres, and are unreliable when the user is indoors.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons (and in particular, Apples implementation ‘iBeacons’) give developers a way to solve this. By placing beacons in an environment applications can detect their location to a much higher accuracy than previously possible. This opens up a huge opportunity for a new wave of mobile apps that create amazing experiences within a physical location.

This session will introduce iBeacons, and discuss the opportunities they open up to developers. We will look at the technical aspects of what makes an iBeacon, and take a look at some of the aspects of the iOS iBeacon SDK. We will then use Xamarin to demonstrate in C# how to detect beacons in both iOS and Android environments.

This session is part of a new conference called Xamarin Hack Day. Michael Ridland, along with SSW, created Xamarin Hack Day to give developers the opportunity to get together and spend the day hacking away with Xamarin.

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A Xamarin.Forms Deep Dive

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In this session Michael Ridland takes a in depth look at Xamarin.Forms and answers the hard questions.

Watch this session if you want to know:

  • How the Xamarin.Forms magic works?
  • Can Xamarin.Forms work in serious applications?
  • How you can push the limits of Xamarin.Forms?
  • How to use Mvvm with Xamarin.Forms?

A must watch for all Xamarin developers and anyone who wants to use Xamarin.Forms in their next project.

This session is part of a new conference called Xamarin Hack DayMichael Ridland, along with SSW, created Xamarin Hack Day to give developers the opportunity to get together and spend the day hacking away with Xamarin.

Xamarin Hack Day

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Xamarin HackDays aren’t just for Xamarin developers – they’re for anyone who wants to learn Xamarin to design, develop, integrate, test apps, and more.

At our first Xamarin HackDay, our three presenters gave the audience a great introduction to the topic and then everyone got stuck into trying it out for themselves. The day was such a huge success that we’ve decided to do it again, and bring Xamarin HackDays to cities around the world.

There will be something for everyone, experienced Xamarin developers can share ideas with other experienced developers. If you’re a beginner then there’s plenty to learn on the day.

Go to Xamarin HackDay to register as an attendee or organizer.

Introduction to Xamarin – Filip Ekberg

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In this session, Filip Ekberg provides us with a look at what Xamarin is, what problem does it solve and why it is important for your business. He later dives into how easily you can create a mobile application that runs on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.

This session is part of a new conference called Xamarin Hack DayMichael Ridland, along with SSW, created Xamarin Hack Day to give developers the opportunity to get together and spend the day hacking away with Xamarin.