Fix Visual Studio 2015 random crash

Visual Studio 2015 randomly crashing -> FIX! A colleague of mine was having issues with Visual Studio 2015. Every now and then his instance of Visual Studio would just crash. He thought it would crash more often when pressing CTRL+X or Backspace… but I don’t believe him, I think it was just random! After trying… Read More »

UWP Simple PDF viewer

Some months ago, I blogged about how to display PDF files in your UWP app: Displaying PDF files in a UWP app When I look at the stats of my blog, I notice that that particular blogpost gets a lot of visitors. Also, I regularly get mails from people having questions about displaying PDF files in a UWP… Read More »

Xamarin interview questions

Intro The company I work for, Ordina Belgium, got many requests for ‘consultants with Xamarin experience’ from our customers lately. As leader of the Mobile Competence Center at Ordina, I’m bundling the interview questions our consultants get dished up when they go on an intake for a Xamarin project. I thought it would be nice… Read More »

Displaying PDF files in a UWP app

In this short blogpost I want to show you how I’ve used the Windows.Data.Pdf.PdfDocument class in order to render a PDF file inside my UWP app. In order to open a PDF from a UWP app, you can ofcourse, always use Windows.System.Launcher.LaunchUriAsync like this:

This works great, but your file is being opened in… Read More »

Custom UWP Control: Step-Through ListView

Designers tend to come up ‘crazy’ (not standard!) ideas about the looks and the behavior of UI elements. Especially when you are building a UWP app and those designers have no experience in this platform (no offence). A short time ago we received a design that somewhat looked like this: After some discussions with the design… Read More »

Disable gestures on Pivot control

One last blogpost to end 2015 with… Intro For this small project I’m working on in my spare time, I wanted to use a Pivot control but without the gestures; i.e. swipe/pan/flick to go to the next or previous item in the Pivot. Easier said than done I searched the interwebs, but I didn’t find… Read More »

x:Bind and inheritance

(published on 11/30/2015, although WordPress states ’11/15/2015′) Intro The first time I heard about Compiled Bindings (x:Bind) was at Build 2015. Finally we got compile-time validation on bindings and it promised to be a lot faster as it doesn’t need to do reflection at runtime! After playing around with it for a bit, I introduced… Read More »