Xamarin.Forms UI Controls — Early Access Preview (v20.2)

Mobile Team Blog
25 August 2020

In this blog post, I’ll review some our newest Xamarin-related products/features. We expect to officially ship the products/features listed in this post in our v20.2 release cycle.

If you own an active Universal Subscription, please navigate to the DevExpress Download Manager and download our v20.2 Early Access Preview today. Should you have any questions about the build or this post, feel free to comment below. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Note: Remember, Early Access and CTP builds are provided solely for early testing purposes and are not ready for production use. This build can be installed side by side with other major versions of DevExpress products. Please backup your project and important data before installing Early Access and CTP builds.

Perhaps most importantly, this EAP does not include all features/products we expect to ship in our v20.2 release cycle. We are working hard to finalize all v20.2 features/capabilities and once we have more information to share, we’ll post updates on this channel.

Xamarin.Forms Charts – Point Colorizer

v20.2 will include a new Series Point Colorizer – This new feature will allow you to define colors for chart series points (based on data) with absolute ease.

Xamarin.Forms Charts – Axis Label Format Enhancements

Our Xamarin ChartView can now automatically format DateTme and Numeric axis labels - this feature will allow you to display extended information within chart axes.

Xamarin.Forms Charts – Spline Series

v20.2 will ship with a new Xamarin.Forms Spline Series (please refer to the following article for additional information on this new chart series).

Xamarin.Forms Data Grid – Virtual Horizontal Scrolling

Our new AllowVirtualHorizontalScrolling property substantially improves the performance of the Xamarin DataGridView (when using a large number of columns). If this option is enabled, the DataGridView only renders columns displayed onscreen and updates its UI elements when a user scrolls the grid horizontally.

New Xamarin.Forms Data Editors

v20.2 will include the following new Xamarin.Forms field/data editors:

Xamarin.Forms Data Form – Layout Enhancements

Thanks to some great feedback, we've extended the capabilities of our Xamarin.Forms Layout component. Field editors can now span multiple rows (simply use the RowSpan property of the DataFormItem class as needed).

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3 comment(s)
Mikhail Shubin [DevExpress MVP]
Mikhail Shubin [DevExpress MVP]
I see you treat the Xamarin.Forms as a mobile only platform, but it also supports Desktop apps:

https://github.com/xamarin/Xamarin.Forms/wiki/Platform-Support

The DevExpress Xamarin.Forms 2020 Roadmap has no plans to suppost desktop apps, but I'm sure you follow the transition to .NET MAUI:

https://github.com/xamarin/Xamarin.Forms/wiki/Feature-Roadmap#transition-to-net-maui

25 August 2020
Roman K (DevExpress)
Roman K (DevExpress)

@Mikhail Shubin

Yes, you are correct, we are focused on mobile platforms right now. We continue to keep track of MAUI and will ship a new product line when/if MAUI overtakes Xamarin as the platform of choice for developers. I think the first version of the MAUI product line will support macOS.

26 August 2020
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