Xamarin Workbooks provide a blend of documentation and code that is perfect for experimentation, learning, and creating guides and teaching aids.
Create a rich C# workbook for .NET Core, Android, iOS, Mac, or WPF, and get instant live results as you learn these APIs. Workbooks also have access to the vast NuGet package ecosystem to make learning new APIs a breeze.
Ensure git submodules are up-do-date:
git submodule sync
git submodule update --recursive --init
Now simply run:
Or for the strict .NET Core subset:
The top-level build system can be driven either by the system
msbuild or by
the installed .NET Core SDK
dotnet build. When using
dotnet build, only
projects that can run on .NET Core will be built.
Additionally, the build can be shaped via profiles. Any number of profiles may be selected. By default, all profiles will be selected.
Profiles are specified via the MSBuild
Profile property and may be
combined with a
msbuild /restore /p:Profile=Console+Web
|Build the ASP.NET Core Workbooks server
|.NET Core ≥ 2.1, Node.js ≥ 8.10, Yarn ≥ 1.5.1
|Build the Console client
|.NET Core ≥ 2.1
|Build the macOS or Windows desktop client
|Visual Studio 2017 ≥ 15.6
Note: Support for Xamarin platforms will be detected automatically and built if available. On macOS, the "macOS" platform (Xamarin.Mac) must be installed to build the client. Xamarin/mobile is entirely optional on Windows.
Many properties that can be specified on the command line will be persisted for subsequent runs. For example:
# "Configure" and perform initial build:
msbuild /restore \
# Rebuild with the same configuration as above, implied
# thanks to _build/Configuration.props:
The following properties will persist and do not need to be specified on the command line on subsequent runs:
|The set of profiles to build
|The build configuration (
|A shortcut for setting all
HaveXamarin* properties below to
|Whether or Xamarin.Mac is available to the build
|Whether or Xamarin.iOS is available to the build
|Whether or Xamarin.Android is available to the build
If you want to build a
Release build on Windows (for example, you want to
build an installer), you will need to build in a slightly different fashion.
First, make sure that you connect to a Mac build host via Visual Studio at
least once. You can do this by doing the following:
- Open Visual Studio
- Go to Tools → Options → Xamarin → iOS Settings
- Click "Find Xamarin Mac Agent"
- Select a Mac on your network, or add one by name
- Enter credentials when prompted
Once the connection completes, click OK to close all the dialogs. Then,
Release configuration by running the following:
This is needed because the installer build now needs a zipped copy of the
Xamarin.iOS workbook app from the server. The
will do the build and copy automatically when a Mac build host is used. If you
are building in Debug, you can omit those properties unless you need the
Workbook app to be copied locally, in which case, include them there as well.
Note: the build will read properties from
Build/Local.props as well,
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