Are you going to build an app? There are two major mobile platforms IOS and Android are available today. Maybe you want an app in both versions simultaneously. But creating so many apps is expensive, time-consuming and it takes a lot of engineering effort unless you are using Xamarin.
Xamarin serves an entire ecosystem of tools that offers you to create apps for all platforms (IOS, Android, Windows) within one technology stack that is C# language that runs on the .Net framework.
Xamarin apps are specially created for different operating systems and codes related to business logic, database access, and network communication are share-able across all the platforms. Only the user interface is designed separately so that users could be able to maintain the native look and feel of each platform.
Here we will discuss some advantages and disadvantages we face using Xamarin-
•One Technology to Rule Them All
C#, .Net and Visual studio with installed Xamarin- these are the only three components required to create apps for all operating systems.
There are emulators available for all mobile platforms but if you are a MAC OS fan, feel free to create iPhones apps on your machine as well.
You have several options for debugging whether from the desktop, emulator or directly on a device.
•Native Like Performance
Xamarin apps also boast an unmatched performance level compared to hybrid or other cross-platform development tools. For instance; image loading in native apps is only 14% faster than using Xamarin.
•Smooth User Experience
We know that different operating systems have elements that drastically distinguish them from each other and you want to fit in.
For an Android user, it is natural to use the Menu tabs on top of the screen while IOS users enjoy something different patterns. Xamarin allows you to achieve this native look and feel.
Xamarin.Forms are of the library of templates that help you use standard interface elements. If you want more creative freedom, use Xamarin.IOS & Xamarin.Android built-in tools for manual customization.
•Free And Backed By Microsoft
Xamarin is open source means free and comes with Microsoft’s development environment Visual Studio This means, if you have already bought and used that tool, you can start experimenting with Xamarin and it’s tools right away.
Now the downside is-
•You May Still Need to Know Native Code
You know that if you are building an app with heavy UI, you need to manually rewrite some parts of platform-specific code using the required language-Swift or Objective C on IOS and Kotlin or Java for Android development.
Xamarin will update your business logic and Xamarin. Forms elements automatically, but there is always a delayed reaction to a new platform version. If a new version of Android dropped today, you would have to wait for wait a few days before the Xamarin team updates the tools so that you can update your app.
•Limited Xamarin Professionals
Finally, the number of Xamarin professionals in the labor pool is still quite low. About 10% of all members of the mobile development community are Xamarin developers. If you are looking to hire Xamarin developers, you will find more developers working exclusively with IOS and Android than people versed in Xamarin. But now the Xamarin community is growing strong.
Xamarin is one of the tools that make app development more accessible to businesses. You should consider Xamarin when you need it-
- For apps with simple UI
- For fast development
- For small budget