Xamarin has brought .NET/C# to both iOS and Android platforms. It can produce Android and iOS applications at the same time and also the apps that are acquiescent to the distribution requirements of iOS App Store and Google Play.
Xamarin and Microsoft have announced the global partnership where both their sales and technical teams are working together more closely. Moreover, Xamarin is offering deeper integration with the Visual Studio and also produces .NET Portable Class libraries that are fully compliant. Here are few reasons to choose Xamarin and Xamarin certified developers
for the cross-platform applications:
Less To Learn
To become an effective mobile app developer involves the learning curve. There are many things like UI norms, process lifecycle, and the platform SDK that the developer must learn. If the developers have experience in .NET/C#, then they can immediately start working with Xamarin technology. Because it provides the complete implementation of C# and also .NET class libraries. Almost 80% of one’s existing server or desktop .NET/C# code is compatible with the Xamarin.
But if the developers don’t have any experience in .NET then also Xamarin will reduce the learning time. iOS and Android require the use of separate programming languages: Objective-C and Java. It has been seen that very few developers are skilled and comfortable in both environments. It means that the majority of developers need to learn these languages before starting the cross-platform app development.
On the other hand, with the help of Xamarin, developers need to learn only one language, C#, and only one core set of classes for the app development on both platforms. It saves their time and cost of learning.
Xamarin does not try to force commonality when none exists. Both iOS and Android platforms have SDK and UI features. These are different in the behavior and appearance of each platform. That features are central to the respective platforms.
Few cross platform app development tools try to hide the platform uniqueness that results in apps don’t behave natively on the platform on which they run. Xamarin acts totally opposite. It embraces the unique functionalities and features of each platform and provide satisfied experience to the users.
Moreover, along with standard .NET classes, Xamarin contains Android-specific .NET classes and iOS-specific .NET classes. Each of the classes expose the unique features of the respective platforms. The combination of platform-specific classes and .NET classes allow the app to share the code logic across Android and iOS while taking benefit of the unique feature of each platform.
Xamarin allows the developers to code app logic only once and shares it across Android and iOS. It saves their time as almost 70% code can be reused. This can be understood by comparing the code logic to the native platform environments. In this environment, developers need to build the app features once for Android in Java and the same logic is built again for iOS in Objective-C.
Using native development environment of each platform requires more code. It takes more time. With the help of Xamarin, the developers are able to focus their efforts on building the app features only once and then ship the app.
Xamarin reduces errors by offering the opportunity for higher test coverage. With the help of it, the whole team can focus entirely on working with C# instead of splitting their time between the environments that provides less opportunity. It makes the team more proficient in each environment. It also enables the whole team to check one one another and provide better support.
Readiness For The Future
Windows Phone is rapidly gaining the smartphone’s industry markets. With the support of Microsoft, it has the real chance of being the supreme player. Companies should prefer Xamarin for the Android/iOS app development so that their apps would be ready to support Windows phone. They do not have to invest extra time to develop separately for Windows phone. Developers need to create the UI of Windows phone and then the app supports three major smartphone platforms.
Xamarin is getting more attention with every passing day. It has a lot of good reasons for that. Today various mobile platform coexist, companies need a toolset that will allow the them to support multiple platforms along with the minimal repetition of work. This can be achieved with the certified Xamarin developers who have a sound knowledge of Xamarin technology.