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Oct 14, 2016 - 2 minute read - Comments -

Lighter Spin on ADAL in Xamarin Forms


new-up the elusive “PlatformParameters” in your AppDeligate.cs::FinishedLoading / MainActivity.cs::OnCreate


ts;wm (too short; want more ; )

thankfully we have solid writeups on ADAL with XF… this post is just me trying to boil it down to essence and PCL as much as possible…

(BTW: ADAL = Active Directory Auth Lib… i needed it for PowerBI embedding)

  1. https://www.appzinside.com/2016/02/22/implement-adal-for-cross-platform-xamarin-applications/
  2. https://blog.xamarin.com/authenticate-mobile-apps-using-microsoft-authentication-library/

the first post keeps the platform specific surface area pretty minimal but also winds up wrappering the stock ADAL classes quite a bit…

the second post seems pretty minimal and leverages CustomRenderers for the right timing to grab this context… seems like a good general trick to tuck away…


the approach i came to is grabbing this context right up front in app initialization and then providing it through dependency injection later…

both pieces of that are basically one liners which feels nice

also it’s now conveniently available to other services should needs arise…

and theoretically we’ve kept things clean for TDD but honestly i don’t readily see how to test this flow since it requires interactive auth… i’ll have to read up on how people generally recommend mocking this kind of thing


iOS AppDeligate.cs::FinishedLoading()

  public partial class AppDelegate : Xamarin.Forms.Platform.iOS.FormsApplicationDelegate
    public override bool FinishedLaunching(UIApplication app, NSDictionary options)

      var prismApp = new App(new iOSInitializer());

      var finishedLaunchingResult = base.FinishedLaunching(app, options);
      //KeyWindow won't be populated until after FinishedLaunching
      prismApp.Container.RegisterInstance(typeof(IPlatformParameters), new PlatformParameters(UIApplication.SharedApplication.KeyWindow.RootViewController)); // ** here's the beef **

      return finishedLaunchingResult;

Android MainActivity.cs::OnCreate

  public class MainActivity : Xamarin.Forms.Platform.Android.FormsAppCompatActivity
    protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle)


      Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init(this, bundle);
      var prismApp = new App(new AndroidInitializer());

      prismApp.Container.RegisterInstance(typeof(IPlatformParameters), new PlatformParameters(this)); // ** here's the beef **

then later in calling code just reference via DI

    public PowerBIService(IPlatformParameters platformParameters)
      _platformParameters = platformParameters;