Mobile app users number is exponentially growing on Android, Apple and Windows platforms causing challenges for the application support on multiple platforms, that is also on peak. The huge consumer reachability in mobility has created an ocean of opportunities for companies and app developers to join mobile revolution. But the question is, which framework should a mobile app development company choose? Recently in March 2016, Microsoft acquired Xamarin, which holds a crucial involvement when it comes to the mobile app development and management capabilities of Microsoft’s software stack.
Xamarin has emerged as one of the major players in the mobile app world. Owning a business of over more than 500,000 developers, this platform allows app developers to build apps for iOS, Android and Windows platforms using the Microsoft.NET framework and the C# programming language. Having a long history of developing enterprise apps for Windows, Xamarin is considered the best development platform for enterprises.
Whenever you proceed to develop a mobile app, the foremost essential thing is making a decision about which platform to support. This will give a clear idea about the requirements that the end-user needs. Thus, you can easily identify and set a strategy in order to achieve your development goals. In the fast evolving technology, multiple platforms approach the best way to attract the customer and ensure satisfaction on different devices. It's not like you suddenly realize you want to change from coding for a single platform coding, and jump to multiple platform development. This can adversely affect the application development and testing time.
In this article we will explore the reasons that make Xamarin as the most preferred development platform for enterprise apps.
Today, native design is the most chosen solution, and here comes Xamarin with its unique approach. The coding in Xamarin Studio (IDE) accompanies C#, offering a native UI. This also allows specific-device features as well as native performance.
Xamarin offers great binding for SDKs
The bindings that Xamarin contain are strong and hence used in Software Development Kit (SDK) for both iOS and Android platforms. With easy navigation and usage, Xamarin provides a strong compile-time, hence reduce development and runtime errors.
Modern Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
The modern IDEs such as Mac OS X and Visual Studio are being used by Xamarin, and these hold interesting features such as a code auto completion, sophisticated project and solution management system, integrated source control, etc.
Direct access to Objective-C, Java, C and C++
With Xamarin, app developers have direct access to Objective-C, Java, C and C++ libraries, enabling them to use third party code. Furthermore, Xamarin also provides the advantage of existing iOS and Android libraries, which are written in Objective-C, Java or C/C++.
Best support from cross platforms
If you are looking for better cross-platform support for iOS and Android, Xamarin offers a sophisticated platform and serves the purpose in the best possible way. In order to offer access to common resources for different platforms, the Xamarin Mobile library offers a unified Application Programming Interface (API), which is cost-effective and reduces the development time.
Modern structure language
As we know, Xamarin applications are written in C#, which is the latest language used for better coding than Java and Objective-C. App developers can avail an improved functional structure such as Lambda, sophisticated Generics, Parallel Programming features, Dynamic Language Features, LINQ, etc.
Base Class Library (BCL)
.NET BCL is a collection of classes, that embrace comprehensive and fine features such as powerful XML, Serialization, String, Database, IO and Networking support, which is being used by Xamarin apps. The existing C# code is compiled if required, allowing users to have access to a wide range of libraries.
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