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Xamarin mobile app development: where all platforms are in harmony

17.03.2017
Xamarin mobile app development: where all platforms are in harmony
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We love to discuss the secrets of effective app creation.
We have already taken a glimpse at the microservice architecture, the CQRS pattern,
Power BI integration and SharePoint app development.
Today, we will focus on building mobile apps with Xamarin.
An exciting story awaits! 

In the world of mobile applications, there are two main types of users: those who have Android and those who have iOS. The audience of other platforms may catch up some day (see the figures).

All these people have at least one thing in common: they appreciate cool apps! And it would be great to include them all in your audience by creating an application that would be perfect for everyone, and not spend too much time and costs on developing for different platforms. Here’s where Xamarin mobile app development comes in handy.

Building native apps for iOS and Android with Xamarin

We have just pointed out one thing in common between platform users, but Xamarin has gone much further! Finding “touch points” between rivals like Android and iOS is always a sure path to success. So Xamarin experts decided that both platforms could share the code and language, at least. Why not? Let’s take a closer look at it.

Xamarin lets you build fully native mobile applications for all major platforms with a shared codebase, which significantly saves time and expenses.

The apps not only have a native look (according to the design guidelines of every platform), but also deliver a native performance. All native API’s are available. Both developers and users take advantage of the unique features each platform provides.

The “common language” between different platform developers is also found! Working with Xamarin, it’s enough to know C#, the language familiar to all .NET developers. Otherwise, app builders for Android and iOS would have to know Java and Objective-C or Swift, which would often mean separate dev teams. With Xamarin, it’s all easier!

For code sharing, Xamarin has special types of projects, such as Shared Projects and Portable Class Libraries (PCLs), which are automatically added to the respective mobile applications during the compilation. Xamarin also allows you to use all the standard libraries and technologies of .NET, which are known to everyone .NET developer and famous for their syntactic advantages.

Building UI code: Xamarin vs Xamarin Forms

There are two main approaches to creating UI for your application.

The first (and classic one) is to write your user interface code for every platform you need, and then create the shared business logic. Totally, the shared code for the whole app can reach 75%). 

Another way is to use Xamarin Forms, then both the business logic and the UI code will be shared. The overall application shared code can reach 100% in this case! This solution is especially great in terms of saving time and money. It will suit the apps with no strict requirements to performance and design uniqueness on every platform, because these are their “weak points” where they can lose a little bit. However, in many cases it will not be noticeable.

Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android

You can use such Xamarin’s parts Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android to fully delve into native iOS or Android app development. They give you access to native APIs, let you use your existing Objective-C or Java code, stay up-to-date with the latest features and more.

Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio

Xamarin has powerful IDEs for creating, testing, debugging, and sharing applications: Visual Studio for Windows and Xamarin Studio for Mac. In addition, a preview version of Visual Studio for Mac has come out recently, so Mac developers are going to have another option to choose.

Xamarin Test Cloud

What’s easy to build should be easy to test. Xamarin offers two thousand mobile devices in the cloud, as well as tools to provide continuous automated testing.

Mobile applications that are built with Xamarin

Xamarin mobile applications are made for transportation, logistics, banking, education, healthcare, media, gaming, sports, insurance, safety, personal finance, restaurant business, sales, online voting, customs inspections, energy control, various surveys, data analysis and visualization… the list could go on forever and ever.

Disney’s famous phrase “if you can dream it, you can do it” is fully applicable to Xamarin mobile app development. Whatever you can imagine can be implemented in a cool mobile application. Even if you cannot imagine it yet, our experienced Xamarin development team will help you both with the idea and the creation! Finding common language with us is easy, and the common goal is already here: let your future iOS or Android users enjoy your application!

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