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20th April, 2018 | Blog |

Want to Develop Mobile Apps? Try Xamarin

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When you want to create a stunning application for mobile devices, you need to make sure that you have the right tools on-hand. In other words, you need a cross-platform development tool that it's easy to use, intuitive, and packed full of useful features. For many modern developers, Xamarin could be the answer. This tool solves many of the common problems that developers face when it comes to creating cross-platform apps, like separating coding languages and different UI paradigms.

With Xamarin, you can create native iOS, Windows, and Android apps using all of the existing knowledge and teams you already have in your network. The same X# language can be used all the way across your codebase, which makes designing multi-functional apps easier than ever.

What Makes Xamarin Special?

Intended to give businesses and developers the best of both worlds when it comes to native user experience, Xamarin ensures that you can use the same language, IDE, and APIs wherever you go. It provides a fantastic user experience, with around 95% or more code capable of being re-used in different application elements.

On top of that, the community behind this system is constantly growing, with hundreds of thousands of new Xamarin developers adding their input to the mix each day. With Xamarin you can do anything you would be able to do with Objective-C, Java, or Swift, as simply and quickly as possible. This means that you can ship cutting-edge and state-of-the-art apps out in no time. Here are just some of our favourite features of the Xamarin tool.

An Advanced Native User Interface

A native design is always easier to handle. Xamarin studio gives developers the option to code with the C# system, which means that you can access the benefits of a completely standard native user interface, with access to all the device-specific features you need. Basically, you get the perfect native app performance from each of the tools you create.

By the time you're finished developing with Xamarin, you'll have an app that looks and feels the way your end user would expect. What's more, the native interface simplifies the sharing of code across multiple systems, including Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

Shared App Logic

Beyond its native user interface, the simplicity of sharing app code across multiple mobile platforms means that Xamarin is one of the most popular cross-platform mobile development tools in the world today. The app logic that underlies the UI layer for this tool consists of a range of database interactions, back-end enterprise integrations and more all coded with the same C#.

Xamarin makes the most of platform-specific hardware acceleration, and each app can be specifically compiled for native performance - this is something that developers simply can't achieve with a solution that interprets code at runtime.

Native API Integration

If you want to expand your app's performance, Xamarin gives you the freedom to do just that. Developers can combine the same UI controls and APIs that are already used to develop some of the most impeccable Mac, iOS, and Android applications on the market. Xamarin apps are given the full spectrum of functionality to make the most of the underlying platform for the device, including specific capabilities for each platform like Android fragments and iBeacons.

What's more, the agile approach of the tool also means that new features are available to be added into apps the moment they're introduced into a device's operating system. In other words, you never have to worry about falling behind the curve.

C# Benefits

C# is a highly sophisticated and easy-to-use programming language. It's general purpose, so it can be used for anything, and it's type-safe too. Although it's mainly used with the Windows platform, with Xamarin, it can be applied to any operating system, depending on what you want to create for your users. The C# solution also means that you can enable basic data types in your design to be treated as individual objects.

The Type-safety feature of C# also means that you can prevent type errors that would otherwise occur in an erroneous program without having to use boilerplate annotations.

Rapid Mobile App Development

Finally, perhaps one of the most significant major benefits of Xamarin is RMAD. The reason why many modern businesses prefer to choose cross-platform development over native development options is that they want to accelerate their development procedure at a cost that they can afford. Xamarin helps to accomplish this and ensure that you can deliver a native app look and feel for your customers.

When you want to get your apps out to market fast, but you also want to ensure that you're giving your user an exceptional experience across all platforms, Xamarin could be the ideal tool for you.

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