Of all cross-platform development tools, Xamarin is the most powerful and popular one. This tool is fully .NET and allows building iOS and Android applications, using just one programming language. One of the best things about Xamarin, is that it allows building native applications for iOS and Android. Moreover, these applications meet all the requirements of the Apple Store and Google’s Play market.
Today Xamarin is used by many big-name companies, like Microsoft and is also a number one choice for a great number of big and small IT companies all around the world.
The following are five good reasons to choose Xamarin for cross-platform projects:
Less to Learn
To create outstanding apps, a developer needs to know lots of things, like the SDK platform, norms of the UI, process lifecycle and so on. Indeed, the list of things a developer needs to learn is rather long, so mastering several additional programming languages is definitely not the best way out. Xamarin makes your life easier, as it deprives you of a necessity to learn several programming languages to build the same app for several mobile platforms. Thus, to start developing cross-platform mobile apps with Xamarin, you need to know just one programming language – C#.
Does Not Hide Platform Uniqueness
Each platform, be it iOS, Android or any other mobile platform has its unique features, behaviour and appearance. Contrary to many other cross-platform development tools, Xamarin does not try to conceal the uniqueness of each platform. It embraces and exposes this uniqueness. Thus, mobile apps created with Xamarin look and feel native to each platform they run on.
Reduces Development Time
With Xamarin cross-platform development of mobile apps becomes much faster, as you only need to write one code logic and then share it across all the targeted platforms. In other words, there is no need developing the same app for different platforms, which means you write less code and therefore save time on the app’s development. An app created with Xamarin is compatible with a native development environment of every targeted platform.
Since with Xamarin you write less code, which results in a lesser number of errors or bugs. On the top of that, Xamarin offers excellent testing options. It allows testing applications directly in the cloud and on multiple devices. There is no need writing a separate test for each platform, as you can validate the code for each platform by writing just one set of tests.
Keeps Abreast with Modern Market Requirements
Although a greater percentage of users gives preference to Android and iOS, other mobile platforms and not lagging behind and are quickly gaining popularity. Thus, the demand for Windows Phone is quickly surging and it has a great chance to take one of the leading positions in the smartphone market one day. Keeping that in mind, it is wise to create apps compatible not with Android and iOS only, but with other popular platforms as well. The good news is that Xamarin allows achieving this, as it is compliant with most major mobile platforms.