Here is documentation where you can find about Xamarin Forms for Tizen:
Having reseted my laptop since last time I had used Xamarin Tizen I needed to go through the all the different steps to re install Tizen, you can find the full steps here:
TIP: took me 10 minutes to figure out why I could not create an emulator image , make sure that in your package manager you install the Tizen 4 TV emulator and the Tizen SDK tools. Under Extensions SDK make sure you also select TV extensions, the download of all of the SDK and emulators can take up quite a long time so in the mean time I had recommended that you head over to Microsoft Docs for Tizen for some light reading =).
My Findings:Last year when I used the Preview of Xamarin for Tizen here where my initial findings, you had the sensation that the SDK was not fully finish (being a preview that seemed normal), the emulator was very buggy and often crashed, the debugger did not work (unable to set a break point).
- Tizen.NET (126.96.36.19962)
- Tizen.NET.Sdk (1.0.1)
The application that I built is on one page for now, it receives and formats my data into a a list that contains a list. It will populate a ListView, this first ListView data template will hold another ListView so that we can show data horizontally (imagine the Netflix application).
Universal Windows Platform (UWP)When creating this application I first started by the UWP as I thought it would be quicker, the first issue that I was that the debugger did not want to stop on my break points I had the follow error:
"The breakpoint will not currently be hit. No symbols have been loaded for this document"
which is not practical (at all!).
To fix this issue I removed all of the bin and obj folders in my UWP app and removed this options
Debug=>Options=>General => Remove the check mark for "Enable Just My Code"
and it did the trick for me.
Here is what it looks like on the UWP app:
Not pretty but it gets the job done.
Next on Tizen for TVFor the Tizen, application the debugger is still "weak", it will break on you often unfortunately, another issue I found was that I was not not able to move the debug back when it hit a break point.
After a sometime even Visual Studio was telling me that something was wrong:
To be fair it was not all doom and gloom because the debugger did work sometimes:
And you could go inside the properties and investigate, this is a great improvement over the last time I tested this platform. On other issue that I found was that the debugger did not resurface errors, even when explicitly crating an error it never surfaced it.
When launching the app in the Tizen Emulator it can take a few seconds for everything to lunch.
Here is what the same app looks like in the Tizen emulator:
All in all here are a summary of my findings:
- Tizen 5 Tv SDK is working much better then the Tizen 4 Tv Sdk
- The emulator really works this time (last year I needed hacks to get it working), however only the version 5 worked for me and not the version 4, also you must arm yourself with patience for the app to load. Everything is very lagy in the emulator.
- the debugger from Visual Studio is now working"ish", it can crash your Visual Studio but at least this time around you cant setup break points in your code.
- Binding still seems to be an issue, maybe this is a Xamarin issue ill have to investigate