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Xamarin: What Developers Need to Know

Xamarin helps develop software across multiple platforms

To stay current, it is important that software developers are able to not only develop for the web but also for mobile. Nowadays people are using their cellphones to surf the web more frequently than they are with an actual computer. In a 2016 press release, StatCounter reported that mobile devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide and 48.7% by desktop. The first time in history that mobile surpassed desktop usage.

With this transition in usage patterns, software developers are turning to various programs that specialize in cross-platform development. One of the most popular of its kind is the Microsoft owned, Xamarin.

What is Xamarin?

The product works as an equalizer across multiple mobile platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows. This helps to minimize the struggles developers face when it comes to creating apps such as separate coding languages and UI paradigms. Xamarin allows developers to write iOS, Android and Windows apps with native user interfaces and share codes. Developers can also use C# for all three app platforms as well. Ultimately developers are able to create apps that can be compatible across many devices.

According to the Xamarin website:

“Xamarin uses C# and native libraries wrapped in the .Net layer for cross-platform app development. Such applications are often compared to native for both iOS and Android mobile development platforms in terms of performance and user experience. Xamarin allows you to create platform-specific UI code layer. Thus, Xamarin cross-platform apps look 100% native on any device, providing better user experience, as compared to generic hybrid apps.’

Two Products of Xamarin

Xamarin can be broken down into two of its major products: iOS and Android. For iOS, the source code is compiled into native Ahead-of-Time compilation assembly code. With Android, apps go through Intermediate Language before being compiled into the native assembly code at Just-in-Time compilation. Both products however use automated processes that function to handle memory allocation, garbage collection, and more.

Here at Number8 we always work to be ahead of the times and use the latest technology. If you are interested in working with Agile software developers that are accomplished in mobile development, Contact Us. Learn more about Xamarin.

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