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Cross-Platform Mobile App Development With Xamarin

Published: 20 January 2017

ID: G00314687

Analyst(s): Kirk Knoernschild


Native app development for iOS and Android requires effort duplication. Xamarin allows technical professionals responsible for mobile app architectures to achieve a native look and feel with a single cross-platform language while leveraging existing .NET development skills and practices.

Table Of Contents


  • Xamarin in a Nutshell
  • The Xamarin Ecosystem
  • Preparing a Xamarin Development Environment
    • Debugging Xamarin Applications
    • Native SDKs
  • Choosing a UI Development Approach
    • What to Expect in Terms of Code Reuse
  • Achieving Portability With Xamarin
    • Shared Libraries
    • Portable Class Libraries
  • Extending Xamarin With Third-Party Libraries
    • Components
    • NuGet Packages
    • Integrating Native Open Source
  • Offline Data and Integration
    • Offline Storage
    • Integrating Apps With Back-End Data and APIs
  • Performance Considerations
    • Common Performance Considerations
  • Testing Xamarin Apps
  • Perform App Monitoring With Xamarin Insights
  • Continuous Integration With Xamarin
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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