When a company finally comes to the conclusion that it needs an app, it faces two possible solutions: native development and cross-platform one. The both ways have its supporters. The native ones state about perfect performance and user experience, plus, full access to the APIs of a platform. The cross-platform’s have a strong argument, though: time and cost of native development. They are high as native development requires specific code to be created for all the iOS, Android, and Windows. This is longer and more expensive than shareable code for all the platforms. If you don’t believe that it is possible, then this article is going t introduce you to the Xamarin. This is a platform that makes it possible for developers to create code that can be used on all the three operating systems. To be more specific, we asked Xamarin developer at Glorium Technologies to tell more about the Xamarin studio benefits.
How have you come to the Xamarin?
I began my developer career from the C#. I had quite indistinct views on what to do later on. So, I decided to continue with C# studies and front end. This is how I realized that Web development wasn’t my thing. My thing was new technologies and innovations. Soon, I came across Xamarin studio and it was what I was looking for.
So, what is the main argument for Xamarin studio when choosing development platform for a project?
The core Xamarin studio benefit is, of course, its code sharing feature. For both iOS and Android, I can use 60% of the non-interface code. It can go up to 90% with the Xamarin forms. And it is not only about authentic qualities of Java and Objective-C, but also Android and iOS frameworks.
OK. Developers have the reason to love Xamarin. And what is the reason for the business?For instance, a restaurant owner who needs an interactive menu app.
The reason is pretty simple: you save money and time on the development process. What business will be against it? You need only one developer instead of three to create your app for all iOS, Android, and Windows.
Xamarin studio will provide you with the native app even with the usage of the shareable code. Speed and UI are saved in the way you can use native APIs 1:1. Anything available for iOS and Android can be got through Xamarin. Let’s say, Apple is launching a new release, and it is ready for use in Xamarin APIs, as well. All new features can be used almost immediately.
In simple terms, where is Xamarin magic? How does it manage to go with all the platforms?
To put it simply, Xamarin studio complies everything I write on C# into native iOS kit with the help of Ahead of Time Compiling. After this, the code is deployed to a device. In this way, everything executed by Xamarin application is almost the same as what’s executed by Objective-C one. Just in Time is used for Android, as well as AOT.
I see. And what else does Xamarin studio have to offer?
Xamarin studio provides its clients with a native opportunity to track real-time behavior of a client and after-crash info. It is possible thanks to Xamarin Insights. Of course, the market of such services is over-loaded, but all of them do not support C# libraries and I can’t just add them to the app. I would have to spend time on integrating it.
OK. Would love to hear more about this Insights.
You can see how your users interact with your app in real time, you can find out which exact errors influence what particular users, you can create Insights triggers for the events. You can gather statistics for the further analysis. As a result, you can improve user experience of your app. Plus, they have a great interface, so you don’t have to spend much time before using it.
And what are your personal preference about Xamarin?
It has saved my time. I have learnt SDK, process lifecycle, UI language for only one language, C#. I didn’t have to learn all this for other languages to write for all: iOS, Android, and Windows. With Xamarin, there is a full implementation of C#. What’s more, UI and SDK on Xamarin are specific to UI and SDK of both iOS and Android. So, in the end, you get a native app on iOS that feels like iOS and native app on Android that feels like Android. The uniqueness of each platform is saved.
Is the development process changed with Xamarin?
In fact, yes. Time-to-market of an app gets much faster. You can use one application logic code for both iOS and Android. It gets much easier as you don’t have to implement specific logic to Java and Objective-C. In other words, native development is equal to more code. More code needs more time. It should be mentioned though that the development process is not twice faster with Xamarin.
Moreover, the testing process gets much improved. First of all, the less code you write the fewer mistakes you get. Plus, with Xamarin, there is more test coverage. You don’t have to create two tests for two platforms. One is enough, and you can dedicate more time and efforts to it. Usually, there are two ways of testing: either one specialist creates tests for both iOS and Android or there are two ones for the two platforms. Either shortage of concentration or shortage of collaboration. Xamarin studio solves the both issues.
In conclusion, if you want to save time and money on the development process, then Xamarin studio is a perfect app solution for you: native UI and UX for all iOS, Android, and Windows, up to 90% of shareable code, Xamarin Insights and Test Cloud, and gratitude of your developer.
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