Binding in Layout Files with Xamarin.Android

Nathan Sokalski 4,056 Reputation points

I am coming from a long history of UWP/XAML and a small history of Xamarin.Forms, and am working on converting my apps to Xamarin.Android. One of the things I am yet to learn is the Xamarin.Android equivalent of binding in the layout (*.xml) files. In XAML, this was usually done using code such as {Binding ...} in the XAML file. However, based on what I can find, this is not possible in Xamarin.Android. I always considered binding in the XAML files to be one of the most useful and important features to know. Does Xamarin.Android have a similar feature, or do I need to do all of it using codebehind? Doing it all in codebehind would not only require a hugely larger amount of code, but it would make it much easier to forget things and/or make mistakes, much harder to reuse code, and break the philosophy of separation of UI & logic. Does binding, or a similar feature, exist for Xamarin.Android? Thanks.

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  1. JarvanZhang 23,876 Reputation points


    Welcome to our Microsoft Q&A platform!

    Android native provides the Data Binding Library which is actually part of the gradle build toolkit, it isn't available in Xamarin.Android applications. For this function, you could report a feature request to the product team on github.

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    Jarvan Zhang

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