Hi! I'm Steven Thewissen 👋


from the Netherlands

/ˈSTIːVƏN TEIːWISːSƐN/ A software developer from the Netherlands focusing on Xamarin development, crafting fancy UIs, tinkering in Azure DevOps and developing REST APIs. I started working with Xamarin in 2014 and have been in love with it ever since.
When I'm not coding you can find me writing blogs, tweeting, playing soccer, or just having some fun and the occasional drink with my friends. If you bring cookies, chocolate and/or a nice beer we can quickly become best friends.
Code, Life

Live-streaming on a budget… sort of… maybe…

May 19, 2020 20:36

With COVID-19 keeping the world in its grasp your existing hobbies might not exist anymore. Same here. So it’s time to start some new ones! This is part 1 of me talking about my live-streaming experiences so far.

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Playing with animation in Xamarin.Forms

April 23, 2020 17:18

Movement breathes life into your app. But getting started with animation in Xamarin.Forms might not be the simplest thing. This post explains how to get started with creating some cool animations you can use to spice up your app.

Life

dotNETConf – First speaking gig: A retrospective

April 9, 2020 17:43

I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the latest dotNETConf, which completely focussed on Xamarin. My very first speaking gig, but how did I end up there and what was it like? In this post, I will share some thoughts.

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Generating your own custom icon font made easy

March 26, 2020 21:40

Using an icon font in your app has been all the rage for a while now, but what if the existing ones aren’t to your liking? It’s pretty easy to make your own if you have vector art available for them. Let’s take a peek!

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Playing around with neumorphism in Xamarin.Forms

March 3, 2020 15:09

Neumorphism (or neuomorphism) might be a word you’ve never heard before. If that’s the case, then this is the blog post for you! We will take a peek at what it means and how we might be able to achieve it in Xamarin.Forms.

Code, Short

Exploring grid overlays in DebugRainbows

February 18, 2020 20:28

I recently released a new version of my DebugRainbows plugin, which adds grid overlays to the set of debugging tools it offers. Let’s take a closer look at what they are and how to use them!

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Implementing MSAL authentication in Xamarin.Forms

February 4, 2020 19:34

Authenticating users in our app is a common challenge that mobile developers need to tackle. Leveraging existing authentication systems like those of social networks or big companies like Microsoft’s MSAL saves a lot of development time. But how do we get started?

Code, Short

Fixing a partial button ripple effect on Samsung devices

January 21, 2020 18:48

While building our latest Xamarin app we recently ran into an issue where a button on Android would only have a partial ripple effect. This post explores the workaround we ended up implementing.

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Using Firebase Analytics in your Xamarin.Forms app

January 8, 2020 22:13

We all know and love Microsoft’s AppCenter offering when it comes to analytics and crash reporting for our mobile apps. But what if you’re one of those people that are interested in even more in-depth usage statistics? Let’s take a look at Firebase Analytics to satisfy our need for statistics!

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Using compiled bindings in Xamarin.Forms

December 26, 2019 14:36

As a Xamarin developer, you have surely come across a scenario where you’ve mistyped a binding and didn’t figure it out until hours later. Let’s see if we can improve that with XAML compilation and compiled bindings!