What is Xamarin?
Xamarin is a modern programming language, with powerful tools, an efficient and delightful workflow and the power to create the best user experiences. It was developed in Xamarin, a Microsoft-owned San Francisco, California-based software company that was founded in May 2011. Xamarin is a tool that is used to develop cross-platform mobile applications. It works through the Mono framework to communicate with the Application Program Interface (API) of common mobile device functions for iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. It allows developers to build applications using the C# programming language that runs on the .NET Common Language Infrastructure (CLI). It is regarded as a ‘write once and run anywhere’ tool to develop mobile device applications.
How can Xamarin Help your Business?
Development of a complete application for different systems increases the time to market and also depletes monetary resources. Xamarin helps to reduce such expenses and time to develop intricate applications for multiple operating systems. It delivers high performance with device-specific experiences and can be used with native API’s to create a device-specific User Interface and User Experience.
What are the core reasons to use Xamarin for cross-platform app development?
1. Shared App Logic in Xamarin
The shared app logic is shared across multiple platforms which makes Xamarin a useful cross-platform development tool. Application logic like input validation, database interactions, web service calls and backend enterprise integrations are coded once in C# and about 75% of the code can be shared across the various operating systems.
2. Native Application with Xamarin
Xamarin Studio (IDE) enabling code completion in C# provides the advantages of native User Interface access to specific device features and native performances. Xamarin makes easy code sharing across multiple platforms which helps shorten the development cycle.
Xamarin native apps have access to all the functionality provided by the underlying platform and device, including platform-specific capabilities.
3. API Integration with Xamarin
Xamarin uses the same APIs and User Interface controls used to build iOS, Android and Mac apps in their specific platforms. For Windows development, Xamarin with Microsoft Visual Studio offers applications of Windows Phone and Windows 8. Portable Class Libraries and appropriate application architectures can be used to share codes between iOS, Android and Window.
4. Component Store of Xamarin
Developers can choose from a host of free or paid components from the Xamarin Component Store that includes UI controls, cross-platform libraries and third party web services to apps using just a few lines of code. The Component Store is built into the Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio extensions of Xamarin.
5. The Advantages of C#
C# is a simple, modern, type-safe and object-oriented programming language. It allows even simple data types to be treated as objects. C# helps prevent type errors that could result in flawed program behavior. It has a simplified syntax which eliminates the use of pointers and headers while namespace and reference operators are replaced by the period. In short, C# is great for cross-platform development.
Therefore, for all these reasons, the popularity of Xamarin has been growing in the cross-platform app development area. And an ever-growing community of 1,400,000+ developers worldwide has been collaborating to enhance the software comprehensively for improved user-experience. Hence, for a business that requires releasing applications on multiple platforms using limited time and resources, Xamarin is decidedly the most beneficial option to go for.