Cross platform mobile development C#

By Alexey Strakh

The mobile world is changing. When your business discovers a need to have a mobile app to run across major platforms and devices, there is a dilemma that you face – Native or cross-platform?

Of course, if you favor one specific platform for your app to live in, the traditional “Build Apps Natively” approach will work perfectly for you. However, if you consider all 3 major platforms for your app development, then you have to build each app exclusively for iOS, Android, or Windows individually, so you need to have multiple codebases and hire a large team of developers for each platform. It usually delays the completion of all 3 apps, making you prioritize the platform to start with, hoping that other 2 will catch up later on, etc. Finally, this slows down or even prevents the innovation of new features since developers are focused more on platform-specific issues rather than on developing new features, building user experience, and making the app fun to use.

Another way you can handle the same assignment is “Write-Once-Run-Anywhere” approach, which is famous for it’s poor user experience, not complete API coverage, and high abandonment rates. Several hybrid Mobile App Frameworks such as Apache Cordova (ex PhoneGap), Appcelerator Titanium, Kendo Mobile and other could help you with cross-platform app development but there are certain serious disadvantages that prevent your app from being popular among users.

Did you know that you don’t have to choose between the platforms anymore? Being experts at building cross-platform mobile applications for all major platforms – iOS, Android and Windows, our software developers at EastBanc Technologies believe that today the entirely new approach is the way to go. And that is – using Xamarin development environment and C#.

Here are our 10 reasons for Xamarin IT:

  1. Xamarin is a world-class development environment for cross-platform mobile apps. Using Xamarin with Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio you are getting all the advantages of modern and powerful IDEs, which helps to boost a development process and simplify development and support process.
  1. Xamarin delivers high performance compiled code with full access to all the native APIs so you can create native apps with device-specific experiences. Anything you can do in Objective-C or Java, can be done in C# with Xamarin:
  1. Using Xamarin technology allows you to keep Native UI across all three platforms, therefor preserving Native Performance while enjoying full API coverage, shared codebase and application logic. It also allows for re-using skills, teams, tools and most importantly – the CODE! Needless to say, it saves you time and resources.

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Q&A

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Which mobile platform to develop for?

I want to develop apps for a mobile platform. I want to learn the code too BUT i have windows but want to do iOS but again I have windows. If possible I want to get a developer device too. If possible maybe Android but I would like details too. Maybe if I got the device I could test it too. Please tell me what I should do.
Thanks

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