Xamarin app development
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 app development with Xamarin allows you to save both time and money, as you only need one code base for iOS and Android as opposed to two separate code bases, as with native app development.
The Xamarin community is also thriving with open source libraries for various functionalities, making it possible to achieve a savings of almost 50% compared to native development, depending on the complexity of the app.
Advantages of Xamarin cross-platform development
- Lower cost and faster 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, including our app 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.