Xamarin is a very recent technology, created in 2011 which has already crossed over 505,500 developers, in more than 130 countries. So, we can see how it is getting severe popularity within a short period of time. All smartphone users know how happening iOS, android and windows apps are, so in the sake of continuing the progressing rhythm of apps the developers have to do a lot of cross-platform hard work. Suppose, if you want your app development to be in the 3 major platforms, then you have to build 3 apps exclusively for each platform. For that you will have to hire more teams of developers with more management and hence, it delays completion of all the 3 apps. But, after the creation of Xamarin developers are craving to adopt it as one of the main technology, because of its incomparable features.
So, what is Xamarin and why its users are increasing day by day???
Why our software developers at Techila Global Services believe that today the entirely new approach is the way to go??? And that is Xamarin development environment:
Xamarin is a world-class technology which developers use to write native iOS, Android, and Windows apps with native user interfaces and share code across multiple platforms. It is an access to unified cross-platform features. The beauty of Xamarin is that:
- Despite the differences of different technologies used in different platforms, it offers a smooth experience to the developers for writing C# code which can be re-used in all three platforms. Other than C# code, it consists more elements which allow you to develop an application in the three platforms:
- Mono .NET framework: Provides a cross-platform implementation of the extensive features in Microsoft’s .NET framework.
- Compiler: Depending on the platform, produces a native app or an integrated.Net application and runtime.
- IDE tools: The Xamarin Studio IDE and the Xamarin plug-in for Visual Studio allow you to create, build and deploy Xamarin projects.
Xamarin has developed three core products for developing cross-platform applications:
Xamarin studio ( formerly MonoDevelop )
Visual Studio: Xamarin.iOS (formerly MonoTouch), Xamarin.Android( formerly Mono for Android)
These help to leverage the native libraries of different platforms and are built on the mono runtime.
Xamarin Studio , which brings together Xamarin’s previous, separate iOS, Android and Apple OS X development tools into a single application; and integrate with Visual Studio, Microsoft’s IDE for the .NET Framework, allowing Visual Studio to be used for creating applications for iOS and Android, as well as for Windows. Xamarine.Forms API is to quickly build shares screens for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Hence, Xamarin has brought technology a step ahead. We have been using Xamarin to develop many of our important projects and found it very friendly, seamless and also obvious that it saves time, money for both our customers and ours on the app’s multi-channel distribution. Additionally, a single codebase dramatically reduces costs for support and new features introduced. Moreover, hardly we get any feature of the platforms are being wasted as Xamarin allows you to leverage almost all the features provided by the 3 major platforms.
How developers can gain easier and demanding life from Xamarin???
Every new version of Xamarin attempts to give developers an easier life without compromising with the experience they demand. Xamarin follows the principle that is to strike a balance between developer’s laziness and user’s preference. If you use Xamarin tabbed page, you get looks which seems native in whichever phone you pick up. But it respects the uniqueness of each platform and does not force the developers to create similar apps on all the platforms. On the contrary, it helps to utilize different features that the different platforms offer.
Apps have a lot of highly reusable features & components beyond the surface, which can be shared cross platforms and this can only be recognized by Xamarin. For E.g. codes for web services can easily reused in iOS and Android. With that database code is also highly portable.
Beyond that, Xamarin TestCloud allows you to automatically test your iOS and Android apps immediately, on hundreds of devices, offering continuous integration, beautiful reports, test for fragmentation, and object-based UI testing.
Here is what a Vice President of Microsoft Corporation S.Somasegar Sais about Xamarin:
“The broad collaboration between Microsoft and Xamarin is targeted at supporting developers interested in extending their applications across multiple devices. With Xamarin, developers combine all of the productivity benefits of C#, Visual Studio 2013 and Windows Azure with the flexibility to quickly build for multiple device targets.”
Before, concluding here few of the companies listed below, that is leveraging the advantages of Xamarin.
Summing up with Xamarin, it is most booming technology that is covering up the market at a very high rate.
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