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Why is Xamarin the Leading Cross-Platform Mobile Development Program?

By Nikki Dent

There has been a lot of buzz around Xamarin over the last couple of years, and for good reason. Cross-platform development tools, like Xamarin, make it possible for developers to write native mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows devices with only one set of code. This ease of use has made cross-platform development increasingly popular as it saves developers time and, in turn, saves businesses money. Xamarin has consistently been one of the leading players in cross-platform mobile development over the last few years. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons for Xamarin’s rise.  

 

A Microsoft Product 

 

Xamarin is a Microsoft Platform-Microsoft logo and name sign in front of a building

 

In 2016, Xamarin was acquired by Microsoft, and being a part of the Microsoft suite of products has certainly helped their growth. Additionally, their affiliation with Microsoft has created a robust support system for the platform, as well as excellent documentation that makes it easy to get started and keep up to date with Xamarin.  

 

Easy Start for .NET/C# Developers

 

Xamarin Start--computer code over a track and field starting line

 

In 2016, Xamarin was acquired by Microsoft, and being a part of the Microsoft suite of products has certainly helped their growth. Additionally, their affiliation with Microsoft has created a robust support system for the platform, as well as excellent documentation that makes it easy to get started and keep up to date with Xamarin.  

 

Easy Start for .NET/C# Developers

Xamarin University Logo

Xamarin has gone above and beyond other cross-platform toolsets when it comes to training and learning tools by creating Xamarin University. This is their online training center which offers live, interactive classes where you can learn alongside other developers with instructors who are Xamarin experts. With the opportunity to video chat and ask questions of your instructor during lessons, Xamarin University courses are widely considered more engaging than the learning methods for competing platforms.  

 

Continuous Improvement & Growth

 

Xamarin is always improving--someone coding on an open laptop

 

Being a forward-facing, well-supported platform is also key for growth, and Xamarin is always working toward bringing new improvements to their platform. Recently, for example, they released the Xamarin Essentials plugin, which makes it easier for developers to work with a variety of phone-native features like GPS, battery, and more. While developers could previously research and write code to access these features themselves, it was a much more manual process. Having this plugin gives them ready access to needed code snippets and gives Xamarin yet another leg up over similar tools.  

 

Conclusions

 

Here at Aptera, our team of  Xamarin app developers continues to grow as we see the platform expand. Our team will always assess every project on a case-by-case basis to see if  native or cross-platform development is right for your mobile app. If we go a cross-platform route, we’ll always choose the platform that makes the most sense for the project at hand, (Aptera developers are also skilled in React Native, NativeScript, and Flutter) but often that will lead us to Xamarin. Learn more about Xamarin mobile app development and Aptera’s mobile development services  on our website.  

 

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