Xamarin.Forms - Working with Triggers

Delpin Susai Raj Friday, 10 May 2019

In this blog post, you will learn how to use Triggers in Xamarin.Forms.


Introduction

Xamarin.Forms code runs on multiple platforms - each of which has its own filesystem. This means that reading and writing files is most easily done using the native file APIs on each platform. Alternatively, embedded resources are a simpler solution to distribute data files with an app.

Triggers

Triggers allow you to express actions declaratively in XAML that change the appearance of controls based on events or property changes.

Triggers Types

  1. Property Trigger executed when a property on a control is set to a particular value.
  2. Data Trigger to trigger based on the properties of another control value.
  3. Event Trigger occurs when an event occurs on the control.
  4. Multi Trigger allows multiple trigger conditions to be set before an action occurs.

Prerequisites

  • Visual Studio 2017 or later (Windows or Mac)

Setting up a Xamarin.Forms Project

Start by creating a new Xamarin.Forms project. You’ll learn more by going through the steps yourself.

Visual Studio 2019 has more options in the opening window. Clone or check out the code from any repository or, open a project or solution for your computer.

Now, you need to click "Create a new project".

Now, filter by Project Type: Mobile

Choose the Mobile App (Xamarin. forms) project under C# and Mobile.

Name your app. You probably want your project and solution to use the same name as your app. Put it on your preferred location for projects and click "Create".

Now, select the blank app and target platforms - Android, iOS and Windows (UWP).

Subsequently, go to the solution. In there, you get all the files and sources of your project (.NET Standard). Now, select the XAML page and double-click to open the MainPage.Xaml page.

You now have a basic Xamarin.Forms app. Click the Play button to try it out.

Property Trigger

Property Trigger executed when a property on a control is set to a particular value.

Example

Click the Play button to try it out

Data Trigger

Data Trigger to trigger based on the properties of another control value.

Example

For this example the will be enabled after entering 6 digits.

Click the Play button to try it out

Event Trigger

Event Trigger occurs when an event occurs on the control.

Example

Following example, when change the text in Entry the event will fire.

Trigger Action

Include following namespace

Implement in xaml

Click the "Play" button to try it out.

Multi Trigger
Multi Trigger allows multiple trigger conditions to be set before an action occurs.

Example
The Following example, after entering two field the button will be enabled.

Click the "Play" button to try it out.
I hope you have understood how to use Triggers in Xamarin.Forms..

Thanks for reading. Please share your comments and feedback. Happy Coding :)


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