Xamarin Forms gets Mac Desktop and more!

I was just watching the latest Xamarin Show with James Montemagno and was pleasantly surprised to see that Xamarin.Forms 2.4.0 Service Release 2 (September, 2017) added support for Mac Desktop apps. Of course, you have to use Visual Studio for the Mac, but that's completely understandable. In this episode, David Ortinau showed the gallery sample app running as a Mac desktop app. Very very cool.

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They also made performance improvements by tightening up the number of UI layers required for basic controls. These improvements are especially noticeable with lists.

On top of that, they announced support for .NET Standard 2.0 (and therefore lower)

These features are new. Think of them as alpha. 



Carl Franklin has been a key leader in the Microsoft developer community since the very early days when he wrote for Visual Basic Programmers Journal. He authored the Q&A column of that magazine as well as many feature articles for VBPJ and other magazines. He has authored two books for John Wiley & Sons on sockets programming in VB, and in 1994 he helped create the very first web site for VB developers, Carl & Gary's VB Home Page.

Carl is also the Microsoft Regional Director for Connecticut, an MVP for Kinect, co-host of .NET Rocks!, one of the longest running podcasts ever (2002).

Carl is also an accomplished musician and audio/video producer. He started Pwop Studios in 1999 as a record label for his first album, a collaboration with his brother Jay: Strange Communication. Franklin Brothers released Lifeboat To Nowhere in 2011, which has met with rave reviews. In 2013, Carl released his first solo album, Been a While, which features a tune with John Scofield on guitar, as well as an incredible group of musicians local to New London, CT.

Pwop Studios is a full-service audio and video post production studio in New London, CT, where Carl records and produces the podcasts as well as music and video projects - both for himself, Franklin Brothers Band, and the public.