Demand for mobile devices and apps is at an all-time high,
and it’s going to continue climbing. This holds true for the enterprise side of
software as well. Business users expect their apps to run on the devices they
use every day, which has significantly shifted toward mobile since the proliferation
of smartphones and tablets.
This has created a new burden on in-house developers: Build
apps that work across desktop and mobile platforms, port existing applications
to mobile, and maintain it all under the ever-blooming complexity of modern
software development. On top of this, developers are rarely afforded more time
or larger budgets to make it all happen.
Put simply, enterprise software development is not getting
Xamarin speeds up development and makes cross-platform development
Enter Xamarin, the platform that enables C# developers to
share most of their code across native Windows, iOS, and Android apps. Being
able to share code across these distinct environments saves a tremendous amount
of time compared to what it would take to write an app natively thrice.
By using Xamarin.Forms in particular, developers can write a
cross-platform app with one C# codebase and UI and deploy it to iOS, Android,
Windows, and Mac. The UI can be built in C# or XAML, and will have the native
look and feel that users expect on their device. No other technology makes
cross-platform apps this easy to build or look this good.
The other branches of the Xamarin platform, Xamarin.Android
and Xamarin.iOS, provide even more native capabilities. Each grants developers
access to native APIs like the GPS, accelerometer, and many more. They even interface
with platform-specific capabilities like iOS’ 3D Touch and Android’s fingerprint
authentication, all through familiar C# code.
On top of the native API access, more than 40 controls are
included in Xamarin itself, further extending the boundaries of what is
possible in a cross-platform app. What’s more, component vendors like yours
truly offer even more controls for Xamarin development. Syncfusion’s line of Xamarin
components is the largest on the market, currently numbering more than 90
discreet controls. They span everything from data visualizations like grids and
charts, editors for capturing user input, and even file-format libraries for
working with Excel, Word, and PDF files.
Syncfusion’s Sunburst Chart Control for Xamarin
Ultimately, Xamarin is a bridge over the fissures that have
emerged between platforms. Where markedly different programming languages and
devices have stifled development, Xamarin serves as a unifying tool that allows
enterprise C# developers to provide their end users with the apps they need on
the devices they actually use. Time, money, and headaches have all been saved,
and those savings will certainly keep growing into the future.
For more reasons why Xamarin rocks, read the white paper “Five
Reasons Xamarin Will Change Mobile Development” by Syncfusion Vice
President Daniel Jebaraj. Share it with your colleagues, your coworkers, on
social media—anywhere C# developers are scratching their heads, wondering how
they’re going find the time to ship their apps into the mobile landscape.