What is Xamarin?
Xamarin is a free and open source cross-platform development tool that builds on Microsoft’s .NET developer platform and extends it with tools and libraries specifically for building apps (Android, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS, and Windows).
Cross-platform development with Xamarin saves you both time and money since it allows you to have only one code base for iOS and Android as opposed to two separate code bases when developing apps natively.
The Xamarin community is also thriving with open source libraries for various functionalities, making it possible to achieve a savings of almost 90%, depending on the complexity of the app. With Xamarin, you basically use the same source code for both the iOS and Android app.
Advantages of Xamarin cross-platform development
- Lower cost and speed up development (and in turn, faster time to market) due to code sharing.
- Xamarin is developed using C# and is a part of the .NET platform by Microsoft, making it a stable platform with support from a huge community of developers.
- When operating systems are updated, the different apps are easier to maintain because there is only one code base, and some of the work is even done automatically by Xamarin updates.
Code sharing with other platforms/systems
Besides sharing the code base between the different app platforms, Xamarin also allows developers to use the code from the app in the backend system. For instance, the code used for encryption and decryption is exactly the same in the Xamarin-based app as it is on the Windows server used for the database backend. This saves development time.