IS XAMARIN PLATFORM A BETTER WAY FOR CREATING MODERN MOBILE APPS
As highlighted by several reports, the mobile apps must be cross-platform to become successful and profitable. The number of organizations investing in cross-platform mobile application development is also increasing steadily. But to create better cross-platform mobile apps, the developers have to address a number of challenges as the programming language, UI model, event model, security model, and resource management behavior varies from one mobile platform to another.
That is why; the developers need tools that enable them to build applications for major mobile operating systems using a single programming language, code base, and class library. The smart mobile app developers use Xamarin to create iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps using the same C# code base. There are also a number of features that help developers in building better apps using the popular and widely used tool.
HOW XAMARIN PLATFORM HELPS DEVELOPERS IN BUILDING BETTER MOBILE APPS?
NATIVE USER INTERFACES
Unlike other cross-platform mobile application development frameworks, Xamarin allows developers to create apps with standard and native user interface (UI) controls. So the look, feel and performance of the app are customized according to the mobile platform. For instance, an iOS app developed using Xamarin looks and performs just like an iOS application written in Objective-C. The developers can avail the drag-and-drop UI designer provided by Xamarin to reduce the time required for creating and customizing user interfaces. The mobile app will keep the users engaged by behaving according to their expectations.
NATIVE API ACCESS
The functionality exposed by individuals mobile platforms and devices differ. But Xamarin allows developers to build mobile apps by availing all features and functionality provided by the platform-specific SDK. For instance, the programmers can refer to Apple’s CocoaTouch SDK frameworks and Google’s Android SDK as namespaces, while using C# syntax. At the same time, they also have option to access Android Fragments, iBeacons, and similar platform-specific features. The feature makes it easier for them to use C# syntax to access the platform-specific UI controls.
Xamarin enables developers to write apps in C#, and share the code base across different mobile platforms. But the implementation of the code base varies from one mobile operating system to another. Xamarin makes the mobile apps deliver native performance by leveraging the platform-specific hardware acceleration. The C# code for iOS apps is ahead-of-time (AOT) compiled to assembly level ARM assembly language. But the C# code for Android apps is compiled to intermediate language (IL), and then packaged with MonoVM + JIT’ing. On the other hand, the C# code for Windows Phone is compiled to IL, and executed by the runtime without using any additional tools.
OPTION TO REUSE CODE
Xamarin further reduces the coding time drastically by allowing programmers to reuse the same C# code for multiple mobile platforms. So they can use the code once to accomplish a variety of programming tasks including database usage, network access and business logic. The code can be further reused for different platform. The feature helps developers to make platform-specific user interfaces perform just like native applications.
OPTION TO USE DIFFERENT IDES
Xamarin allows developers to choose from two different integrated development environments (IDEs). They can use either Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio. While using Visual Studio, they have option to avail iOS Visual Studio plug-in or a unified installer for Android. Also, they can use Visual Studio to create quickly create Windows Phone apps. So the developers can easily pick the IDE according to their preferred platform.
The most recent version 3 of Xamarin further comes with a number of new features and enhancements to drastically reduce the amount of time and efforts required for making mobile apps cross-platform. Xamarin 3 comes with a UI library called Xamarin Forms that provides a common user interface (UI) model for multiple mobile platforms. As Xamarin Forms is backed by the native components of iOS, Android and Windows Phone, the developers can easily customize the look and feel of their mobile app for specific mobile platforms, reducing platform-specific UI code sharing.
Tecordeon is an Authorized Consulting Partner of M/S Xamarin and have developed Multiple Applications using Xamarin Technology. Tecordeon developed apps for iPhone, Android, iPad devices and served clients of various Industry verticals, like media & entertainment, finance, enterprise, lifestyle,education, eCommerce etc.