Developing a mobile application to promote your business has become the need of the hour.
Also Building a mobile application can be a lengthy and a time-consuming process involving various processes such as rigorous upfront design, QA testing on thousands of devices, Usability testing, and the unforgettable beta lifecycle, and then deployed in a number of different ways.
The following blog teaches you everything about Xamarin application development, from a beginner’s perspective to a professional level training about it.
After going through this blog, you would have a brief understanding of the following terms:
Introduction to Xamarin:
A brief introduction to Xamarin and list of features of the Xamarin platform.
How does it work:
A detailed description o how does Xamarin work to bring C# to iOS and Android.
How to get started:
Dive in and come up with a Xamarin app for iOS, Android or all the platforms using the xamarin.in forms.
This document is purely intended for the Xamarin platforms and the basic details about it, from the designing to the testing process.
Also, before you start using Xamarin, just check the system requirement list before installing it.
Introduction to Xamarin:
Until now, for developing an application for any platform, whether it be iOS or Android applications, it was always a myth that applications as such can only be constructed using the native languages such as Objective-C, Swift or Java.
However, since the advent of Xamarin, over the past few years, an entirely new ecosystem of platforms for building mobile application has developed.
Xamarin is a California based software company owned by Microsoft. It was founded in May 2011 by the same engineers that created Mono, Mono for Android and Mono Touch.
These are nothing but the cross-platform implementations of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI).
Xamarin is unique in this way that it offers a single language-C#, a language that works across all the mobile platforms of iOS, Android, and the Windows Phone.
( Also for the people who didn’t know, the native language of Windows is C#), while still compiling the non-interpreted applications(i.e. the native ones) that remain performing ones even for the demanding set of games.
Consider any of these platforms, all of them come up with a different set of features and they also vary in its ability to write or come up with native applications-well, that is the applications that eventually compile down to native code and which interlope according to the free underlying Java subsystem.
How is Xamarin unique in this concept?
Each of these platforms come up with a different feature set and also varies in its ability to produce native applications – that is, applications that compile down to native code and that interop fluently with the underlying Java subsystem.
Xamarin is unique in that concept as it combines all of the power of the native platforms and also adds a number of powerful features from its own, some of them are:
1.Complete bondage for the underlying SDKs:
Xamarin has the bondage for nearly both the underlying platform SDKs in both Android andiOS platforms. Also, these bindings as also typed strongly, this also means that they are easy to navigate and equally easy to be used, and they also provide a robust time-compiled type of checking and that too during the development. This is beneficial to us as it leads to fewer runtime errors and higher quality application development.
2. Objective-C, Java and C++ Interop:
Xamarin provides facilities for directly invoking the Objective-C, Java and C++ libraries, thus eventually giving you the power to use a wide array of 3rd party code, the one which has already been created.
This is highly beneficial to us as it allows you to take advantage of the existing iOS and Android libraries written in any of these languages, whether be it an Objective-C, Java or C or C+ + library.Additionally, Xamarin also offers various innovative binding projects that allow you to easily bind up with native Objective-C and the Java libraries using a syntax that happened to be normally declarative.
3.Modern Language Constructs:
All the Xamarin applications are created with the help of C#, a modern language that comes up with significant improvements over Objective-C and Java such as the Dynamic Language features, and also various functional constructs such as the LINQ, asLambdas, Parallel programming features, sophisticated Generics and much more than this.
4. Innovative Base Class Library (BCL):
All the Xamarin applications across the world use the .NET BCL, a huge collection of classes which come up with comprehensive and streamlined features, such as the powerful XML, Database, IO, serialization, and also the Networking support; to name a few.
In addition to this, existing C# code can be compiled for use in various applications, well this also provides access to around hundreds of thousands of libraries that would eventually make you do things which have never been covered in the BCL.
5.The modern integrated Development friendly Environment(IDE):
For the development of the following platforms, Xamarin uses the Visual Studio for Mac on Mac OS X and Visual Studio on Windows.Both of these are modern IDE forms that include various features such as auto-completion of codes a sophisticated project and a solution management of system, a comprehensive project of template library, also the integrated source control and various other features as such.l
6.Mobile Cross Support of Platform:
Xamarin offers the sophisticated cross-platform support for three of the major mobile platforms of iOS, Windows phone, and Android. Applications can be written in such a way that 90% of their code can be shared.
Apart from this, our Xamarin mobile library also offers a unified API to have an access to common resources across all the platforms.This can significantly help in dropping down the cost of development as well as the time for marketing of the mobile developers which would target the three most popular mobile platforms for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Also, because Xamarin offers you a powerful and a comprehensive feature set, indeed, it fills a void for the application developers which would want to use a modern language and also comes up as a platform to develop cross mobile applications.
How does Xamarin work?
The following two commercial products are offered by Xamarin;
Both of them are built with the help of Mono, an open-source version of the .NET Framework which is also based on the published standards of .NET ECMA.
Mono and .NET framework have almost come up at the same time, and it also runs on almost as long as the .NTE framework itself, and also runs on an entire range of platform that you can imagine including the Linux, Unix, FreeBSD, and the Mac OS X.
-On Android, Xamarin’s compiler compiles it down to Intermediate Language(IL), which is also Just-In-Time (JIT) gets compiled to the local r the so-called native assembly when the application is launched.
-Whereas in case of iOS, Xamarin’s Ahead-Of-Time (AOT) Compiler would do the compiling work and compile all the Xamarin.iOS applications directly into the native ARM assembly code.
However, in both of these cases, Xamarin applications utilize a time which would automatically help in handling things such as the memory allocation, garbage collection, or the underlying platform interop etc to name a few.
Also, time to grasp in some information about MonoTouch.dll and Mono.Android.dll
As we know, the Xamarin applications are made up with the subset of .NET BCL more commonly known as the Xamarin Mobile Profile; which has been created especially for the mobile applications and have the given version for Android and iOS respectively(Monotouch.dll and Mono.Android.dll).
Also, the user might be amazed to know that the Xamarin mobile profile can be considered similar to the Silverlight 4.0 profile with BCC classes as an add-on.
The output of the Application:
After the compilation of a Xamarin application, we normally obtain an application package which has to be either a .app file in iOS or a .apk file in Android. These files can not be distinguished from their application packages built with the platform’s default IDE’s and also get deployable in exactly the same way.
Start it up!
As you have learned the basics of what Xamarin is and how does it work, it is time to plunge into the matter and start exploring one!
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