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Introducing Xamarin: A Mobile Application Development Framework

  • 17.Aug.2017
  • Dev/Coding

Mobile Application Development Framework

As a consultant, it’s extremely important to stay up to date on the latest technologies. As a writer with a non-technical mind, I often find myself writing about technical subjects from an everyday perspective and this article is no exception. Although, when asked to write about Xamarin, I realized I did not even know what it was! When I started asking around, most people could tell me it’s a mobile application development tool, but that was about it.

I started to understand that many people in my agency and community were unaware of what Xamarin can do for them so I decided to embark upon the story of Xamarin. A little research if I may. Non-technical of course.

Mobile application Zapro

 

A Brief History

Founded in May 2011, Xamarin started in an engineering office in Boston, MA, and later headquartered in San Francisco. 

Things however changed for this humble framework in 2016 at the Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference. Microsoft announced Xamarin as part of a new licensing scheme with all Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio versions. This also includes Visual Studio Community edition.

Why Use Xamarin?

With a C#-shared codebase, developers can use Xamarin tools to write native Android, iOS, and Windows apps. With native user interfaces and shared code across multiple platforms, Xamarin surely took the mobile application development by storm. An estimated 1 million developers use Xamarin in more than 120 countries around the world.

A Short Introduction To Xamarin

Many people think that Objective-C, Swift, and Java are the only choices for building iOS and Android applications. But over the past few years, an entirely new ecosystem of platforms for building mobile application has emerged.

Xamarin is unique in this space by offering a single language – C#, class library, and runtime that works across all three mobile platforms of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. (Windows Phone’s native language is already C#). Remaining robust whilst compiling native (non-interpreted) applications and even demanding games.

Platform Features Of Xamarin

It is generally understood in app development that some platforms only allow apps to be built in HTML and JavaScript, whereas certain other technologies only allow C/C++ code. In some cases, other platforms don’t even utilize the native control toolkit.

Xamarin is unique in that it combines all of the power of the native platforms together. And it adds a number of powerful features of its own. 

Mobile application Zapro

 

Want To Know More?

Many forward-thinking developers are underscoring this technology as “The future in application development”. As this platform is still fresh in the news, we think shall sit back and wait for the results to speak for themselves.

Looking forward to the future of mobile application development with Microsoft. Welcome to the arena.

Sources:
Zamarin Blog: https://blog.xamarin.com/xamarin-for-all
Official Zamarin website: https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/
Stack Overflow Community: http://stackoverflow.com/tags/xamarin/info
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xamarin/

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