Get Started with Xamarin 4.0

Get Started with Xamarin 4.0

 “ Over 74% of companies rely on Xamarin.”

Xamarin is a cross-platform development technology that allows building apps with native API access, native UI and native performance on a shared C# codebase. Before launching the app, Xamarin allows developing apps faster with automated testing to detect bugs. You can easily build Cross-Platform Mobile Applications with Xamarin.

Xamarin mobile apps are built on a shared codebase allowing developers to adopt the approach called “write-once-run-everywhere”.

Facts about Xamarin:

Xamarin runs on iOS, Android, and Windows without compromising on the quality and performance.

Xamarin is listed as of the most cost- and time-efficient tools used for building apps for different operating systems.

The developers can share about 75 % of developed code across all major mobile platforms which decrease cost and time-to-market.

Xamarin delivers high performance and excellent UX based on native API which is a great advantage of building cross-platform apps.

Xamarin ensures seamless integration and also provides quality assurance and functionality testing on a wide range of devices.

Reasons why Xamarin is a better Cross-Platform Mobile Development Framework?

  1. Xamarin Designer allows you to quickly layout sophisticated UIs, intuitively add event handlers, take advantage of auto-layout, and see live previews of custom controls.
  2. Xamarin.form is a new library that enables you to build native UIs for iOS, Android and Windows Phone from a single, shared C# codebase.  Xamarin.Forms make it easy to mix and match your shared UI code with the platform-specific user interface APIs because of the portable class library.

  3.   Xamarin provides major IDE enhancements like-
  • Massive visual update
  • Streamlined Visual Studio Support
  • NuGet
  • .Net BCL Documentation
  • F# Support
  1. Xamarin 4.2 introduces two great new code-sharing techniques for cross-platform apps
  • Shared Projects
  • Portable Class libraries
  1. Xamarin binds the same APIs and UI controls that are used to build iOS, Android and Mac apps in their respective platform-specific languages.

Let’s peep into what is new in Xamarin 4.0:

Xamarin.Forms 4.0, is packed with full of new features for Shell and awesome community contributions that you are going to love. 

Xamarin.Forms, 4.0 version includes several improvements and bug fixes, and also some interesting new features.

Xamarin.Forms 4.0 is available as a pre-release package, so you need not include pre-release packages in the NuGet package manager list.

Powerful point to mention,­­ that a preview of these features is also available in Xamarin.Forms 3.6, but they’re still in a pre-release state.

  1. Displaying data with the CollectionView

Being a new view in Xamarin. Forms 4.0, the CollectionView is allowing displaying a list of data.

  1. Swiping data with the CarouselView

With the Carousel View, you can easily swipe items in a list and it works very similar to the CollectionView

  1. Consistent user interface with Visual

This property makes it easy to assign a visual style based on the most popular design guidelines, such as the Material design.

  1. Simplified page structure with Shell

It basically provides a single place to describe the visual structure of an application with pages and includes a common navigation user interface, a search handler, and a navigation service.

Xamarin is gaining more attention every day because of its varied advantages and benefits. In a world where a variety of mobile platforms coexist, we need a toolset that allows us to support multiple platforms with minimal duplication of work and make the development fast. This is what we get with Xamarin.

 

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