Xamarin – The best Cross-Platform App Development Platform

When you are talking about the key approaches for effective mobile application development, you cannot ignore Xamarin. It is the most significant technology that is used for developing cross-platform mobile apps and allows the engineers and developers to share around 90% of the Xamarin code across all major platforms.

Xamarin and Microsoft

Being a new tool, it is comparatively based on the Microsoft technology stack and it already comprises a huge community of more than 1.4 million developers.

The experienced and talented developers from Mono – an open source development platform based on the .NET framework are given credit to build Xamarin and it was initially introduced in 2011.

Xamarin App Development

However, the motive behind creating Xamarin was to facilitate the commercial projects until Microsoft acquired the company in 2016. Very soon, Xamarin app development platform has gained immense popularity as a cross-platform product to develop quality based mobile apps within the ecosystem of Microsoft. This acquisition has freed out the usage of Xamarin. As Xamarin SDK – an open source system was created by Microsoft, it turned into an essential part of Xamarin Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment.

Main features of Xamarin:

  1. C# language: A single language is used in Xamarin i.e. C# for creating applications for the mobile platforms. Other than the interpreted solutions like Appcelerator Titanium, Xamarin is compiled natively that makes it a go-to option to build high-performance apps with native feel and look.
  2. Based on .NET framework: A mature language – C# comes with strong safety-typing that safeguards code from unexpected behaviour. As C# is based on the .NET framework languages, it comes with a number of useful .NET features like Lambdas, LINQ and Asynchronous programming (Asynk).
  3. In the technical terms, Native libraries and C# based Xamarin wrapped in .Net layers combine for cross-platform app development. These applications are often compared to native for both Android and iOS app development platforms in terms of user experience and performance. Additionally, Xamarin facilitates leveraging access to all the native and latest APIs for utilizing underlying platform capabilities in in the Xamarin apps as Android Multi-Window or ARKit on iOS.

A piece of Advice:

Majority of business owners are gradually transforming their business apps onto Xamarin platform for the effective mobile app development, time saving and reducing the engineering cost by using a single technology stack and share code technique. Still, the purpose of the app and its target audience for whom it is created are more important factors to consider before you are moving towards app development.

Based on our team at Kunsh Technology’s experience, enterprise mobile solutions is the best use-case for Xamarin based cross platform app development these days. Using the standard user interface (UI) that covers 90% of the projects, it becomes easier to share all the core product logic across the platforms. Hence, only 5 to 10% of the engineering efforts are required for platform customization requirements.

The amount of shared code drastically decreases in case of the consumer-facing apps with heavy user interface (UI). Thus, this loses its major benefits of Xamarin cross-platform development with equalizing the time and cost to native app building solutions.

However, PhoneGap/Apache Cordova, Appcelerator/Titanium and Ionic Framework are most widely used cross-platform mobile development tools used today. They primarily rely over the web technologies like JavaScript and HTML5. This is the reason why these tools have different level of performance as well as native functionality offered by Xamarin.

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