Developing a mobile app can turn out to be an expensive and long process. With the advent of new technology Xamarin, cross-platform mobile development has become quite easy and prompt. In this blog post, I’ll explain some benefits of Xamarin as a cross-platform mobile development tool.
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You have written most of the codes only once and can share it on Android, iOS, and Windows. In this way, you can also decrease your mobile app’s time-to-market. By cutting down on cross-platforms code duplication, you will have more time for adding functionality to your mobile app.
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Xamarin is fully integrated with the SDK of each platform. This allows developers to use the common API to access native controls that provide an authentic native experience.
Xamarin compiles app code into native binaries instead of interpreting it on the fly, so you will not have to worry about your mobile app taking a performance hit.
Despite having to code platform-specific app solutions in Java, Objective-C or Swift, Xamarin allows developers to write C# code that runs on all three platforms.
This latest, object-oriented language uses a simplified but powerful syntax that supports strong types, type inferencing, asynchronous programming, and lambdas.
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The Xamarin development environment includes Xamarin Studio, which is a fully-developed IDE (Interactive Development Environment). It increases the productivity of developer with features such as code completion, a powerful debugger that works with either an emulator or hardware devices, support for easy app publishing and an interactive UI builder.
For developers who prefer the Visual Studio IDE, Xamarin provides a VS plugin that adds many of these capabilities while allowing developers to leverage existing VS development skills.
Probably the greatest benefit for users of apps developed with Xamarin is an increase in software quality due to code reuse. It stands to reason that the chances of introducing platform-specific errors can be dramatically decreased when app code is written once and shared on different mobile platforms.
The chances of introducing bugs are also reduced because developers work with one programming language and one API. When developers spend less time fixing bugs, they have more time for adding functionality and polishing the user experience.