If you want to develop mobile applications, you have a couple of choices. You can use Swift to write iOS apps and Java for Android apps and end up building your apps twice, of you can use a cross-platform tool and share code between platforms. There are many cross-platform tools and frameworks to choose from, and out of these there is one clear winner – Xamarin.
In this session we take a look at Xamarin. We start out with looking at Xamarin Classic, looking the wrappers around the native APIs using Storyboards and Android Layout files, showing how to build an app that runs on both platforms with shared business logic. Then we move onto what is one of the most exciting parts of Xamarin – Xamarin Forms. Xamarin Forms started life as an abstraction layer for apps and UIs, allowing you to define your UI once and share it on iOS and Android, still using native controls but coding your UI layer once. Over time Xamarin Forms has grown due to the ease at which it can be ported over to different platforms. It now supports iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Tizen TVs and even Linux! You can build an app once and run it on the widest range of platforms possible, and we’ll see this in action with a live coding demo of a Forms app that will be run on most of these platforms.
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Jim Bennett is a Senior Cloud Advocate working for Microsoft, and his area of speciality is Xamarin apps. Prior to working for Microsoft Jim was a Xamarin and Microsoft MVP, and worked all around the world building desktop and mobile apps using .NET with C# and F#. He is also the author of Xamarin In Action from Manning publications.