Speaker Invitation to CodeCamp Santo Domingo

I am really excited to say I was invited to speak at CodeCampSDQ. My talk would be about Real world experiences using advanced ORMs in the mobile ecosystem. Translation: I will be talking about XPO and Xamarin.

Abstract: In this talk, I will guide you on why and how to choose an ORM that reduces the cost of development, makes your model database-agnostic while keeping a consistent performance.

Date is May 30 so I hope to see a few of you over there 🙂

Update: Conference has been postponed due to COVID-19. There is not new date set yet so I will update it here as soon as I have more information.

Can’t wait!

See you next time. XAF out!

XAF Win – Actions Placement in the Ribbon

When talking about actions placement we have a lot of choices. We can change the action container in the model or if doing it by code:

public class MyViewController : ViewController {
    public MyViewController() {
        SimpleAction myAction = new SimpleAction(this, "MyAction", "View");
        myAction.ImageName = "Action_SimpleAction";

Here we can change the category (“View”) that map to that action container and that will be enough. We can also change the index inside the action container if we need a specific order. We can create a new Ribbon Template like shown here. A little cumbersome right? But what do we do if we want to have our action in a separate RibbonGroup and/or RibbonPage?

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XAF Win Image in ListView Grouping

Following last post about grouping selection in a ListView this time we will focus on adding an image to display when grouping. (if my words don’t paint a complete picture refer to the image above).

This can be useful for example for products and categories. You can display a picture of the Category certain products belong and show those products when expanding the group. Let’s take a look:

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XAF Web Multiple Files Upload


Reading the support tickets daily it has become one of my most rewarding morning routines. Besides the constant learning factor, I am all the time running into some amazing questions / implementations/ samples that I can put in practice right away.

I have said it before but I will reiterate here:

When presented with a XAF challenge the first thing I do it is a quick search trough the support tickets to see if there is already an implementation that I can adapt to my needs. Most of the time I find something that I can use, but also most of the time I have to actually code it and run it to see if it is exactly what I need it.

If you are like me, you would love to have a visual before getting to deep and realizing I am on the wrong path. I also realize DevExpress receives tons of tickets daily so this is not feasible for them.

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Caribbean Developers Conference 🧨🧨

“He is talking again about conferences. Yeah, Yeah, we know, they are great.”

Well, before you run away, hear me out. This time I have a different point. Yes conferences are great and CDC is one of my favorites but what no one talk about is, they are a lot of work for the organizers.

I had the opportunity to be part of the staff of CDC 2019 and  I have to give a big shout out to the Megsoft team for all their hard work  and for making this event possible.

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VSIX for XAF Model Editor (OBSOLETE)

OBSOLETE: Please use the Xpand.XAF.ModelEditor package that contains a standalone version of XAF Model Editor, designed to integrate with Visual Studio, Rider, Explore.

Also coming soon is the Model Editor for .NET Core and .NET Standard Projects. Read the announcement here.

If you’ve  unloaded your csproj and take a look you’ve seen how cumbersome they can be and  you must probably know how much simpler, leaner the new sdk project is. In Hanselman words:

“It lets you manage all project dependencies in one place and gives you and uncluttered view of top-level dependencies.”

And that statement above it is crucial for a smooth CI/CD flow.

We also won’t be needing to have DevExpress assemblies installed in the GAC we could use Nugets and have our projects in as many different versions as we want.

One really neat tool that help you with the migration is CsprojToVs2017 or if you prefer to do it manually you can follow this post.

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Uno Platform and XPO

As a proof of concept I wanted to give a try of using Uno Platform and XPO together. Uno has been gaining popularity and I have to say that after this I will have a tough decision on the framework selection for my next mobile project. I love Xamarin but the benefits that Uno brings to the table are hard to pass.

From their own website:

  • Uno-built native apps can be compiled to WASM with no additional development efforts!
  • Ramp up time is minimal and you can take advantage of all that the Visual Studio ecosystem has to offer for testing, deploying, project management, and more.

What that means to us?

First, A web front end thanks to web assembly (I honestly don’t know why Xamarin has not invested in this route yet. Besides Ooui that I believe it is awesome but not even close to production, there is nothing else out there)

Update: UNO has WebAssembly Renderers for Xamarin Forms.

And second, a UWP first approach where all the VS tooling just work. Including Designers, Hot reload, Brushes and more.

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