Infragistics Ultimate UI Suite Adds Xamarin Support
Updated: Infragistics' UI controls suite comes with Xamarin-tuned controls via a Xamarin Productivity Pack full of templates, code snippets, pre-built configuration files, and more.
- By Michael Domingo
[Editor's Note: This article has been changed significantly with updates to erroneous information that was in the original version. Specifically, the Productivity Pack is a new feature, separate from the updated controls that are already in the suite. Apologies to Infragistics for the errors.]
Infragistics released a suite of UI controls tuned particularly for building cross-platform apps that can take advantage of the rapid development capabilities of Microsoft Xamarin platform.
Infragistics Ultimate UI for Xamarin includes an array of controls: DataGrid; more than 45 DataCharts; Category Chart; Pie Chart; Radial Gauge; Linear Gauge; Bullet Graph; Excel Library; Mobile Schedule (with Month, Day, Week, and Agenda views); Map; Funnel Chart; Sparkline Chart; Donut Chart; QR Barcode.
Also new is a Xamarin Productivity Pack that's full of templates, pre-built configurators, and an App Map diagramming IDE, which provides for mapping out the workflow of an application. Those workflows also include master-detail, tab, and child pages for more detailed information. Views, ViewModels, and navigation code and a best-practice Prism architecture in a MVVM solution for the entire app can also be generated with one press of the F5 key.
The Xamarin Productivity Packs also include a Xamarin Forms Toolbox, which comes with standard layouts, views, and controls that are Xamarin-specific. All that needs to be done to use them is to drag and drop a control from the toolbox to the XAML editor, which automatically adds the xmlns namespace and defines the control.
The configurators in the productivity pack provide a way to visually (rather than programmatically) configure controls in the XAML editor, and have them configured and data-bound directly from XAML files with pre-built styles and themes and WYSIWYG property editing.
Controls can be added to projects simply by adding NuGet packages, and to provide a sample to shave time off the learning curve on implementing controls, Ultimate UI includes a reference mobile app called Moo2U that comes with documentation and videos that can be accessed via the company's Xamarin learning center.
Infragistics UI for Xamarin comes in two flavors: The version with Standard support is $799, and with Priority support, it's $1,299. For more and to download a trial version, go to https://www.infragistics.com/products/xamarin.
Michael Domingo is a long-time software publishing veteran, having started up and managed several developer publications for the Clipper compiler, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. He's also managed IT pubs for 1105 Media, including Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and Virtualization Review before landing his current gig as Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief. Besides his publishing life, he's a professional photographer, whose work can be found by Googling domingophoto.