Adding a Details screen to the List app for iOS with Xamarin

In this tutorial, we will look at how to extend the iOS List app we made in the previous tutorial by adding a Details screen that will display more details about item the user has selected from the list.

This is what the app will look like…


Note: The title bar of the app will normally display and should be presented when the app is tested on an actual iOS device, but a bug in the iOS Simulator used here prevents the title bar from showing.

Step 1

Drag a Navigation Controller from the Toolbox on to your storyboard.


Right-click and Delete the Root View Controller that is not required (you may have to delete twice).


Step 2

Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key while clicking and dragging from the Navigation Controller to the Table View screen. Then select Root.


Step 3

Drag a View Controller from the Toolbox on to your storyboard next to the main screen.


Step 4

Add an ImageView element and a Label element to your screen. The default Text value for the label can be set to City Name. You also need to give both elements a name. Set the Name value for the Image View to cityImageView and the Name value for the label to cityNameLabel.

When you give the ImageView or Label element a name you will see a yellow warning icon in the Name field. Click this icon and then type in DetailsViewContoller and press the Enter key to generate a new class and codebehind for this screen.


Step 5

Now Control-click (Crl + click) and drag from the row on the main screen to the new details screen and select Show. This means that when the user selects a city from the list, they will be taken to the city details screen.


You can also double-click on the main screen’s title to change it.


Step 6

Click on the arrow between the main screen and details screen. On the Properties panel, set the Identifier value to DetailsSegue. Remember its name because it will be used in the code.



Step 7

Open the CitiesViewController.cs file and scroll down to the City class. We need to add a new property called ImagePath which will contain the image for each city in the class.



Step 8

Right-click the project folder and select Add > New Folder. Name this folder Images.


Now right-click the Images folder and click Add > Add Files from Folder.


Browse for the folder containing your images and then click Open.


Select the desired images and then click OK.


Select Copy the file to the directory and Use the same action for all selected files. Then click OK.


Step 9

Go back to the CitiesViewController.cs file and for each city in the cityList, add the lines highlighted below to specify the ImagePath for each city’s image. Remember to add a comma to the end of the line before the ImagePath line (see the commas at the end of lines 22 and 31).


Step 10

Go to the DetailsViewController.cs file and add the public City selectedCity; line to the DetailsViewController : UIViewController class. Save the file.


 Step 11

Now you need to add a PrepareForSegue override method. You can add this method after the GetCell method. Start typing public override PrepareForSegue and then select the PrepAreForSegue method from the list by double-clicking it or pressing Enter to autocomplete.


Step 12

Add the following code to the new PrepareForSegue method. This will check if the segue is the DetailsSegue (in other words, if the user tapped one of the rows from the table on the main screen that takes them to the details screen). Then it will get the relevant data from the selected row to be displayed on the details screen.


Step 13

Back in the DetailsViewController.cs file, add a public override ViewWillAppear method. To do this, start typing public override ViewWillAppear and then select that method from the list.


Step 14

Inside the new ViewWillAppear method (which runs as soon as the second screen loads), add the following highlighted lines of code (replacing any existing default code inside the method). This will set the label text to display the name of the selected city and will also set the ImageView to display the image representing the selected city.


All done! Make sure you save your files and then you can test your app!

You can extend this app by adding more properties to each City item so that the Details page can display more information about a city such as points of interest, activities, and even its location on a map.

In the next tutorial we will look at how to add thumbnail image previews to each row in the list.