The top advantages of Xamarin mobile app development
Xamarin has emerged as one of the key mobile app development technologies. No developers can ignore it now. Based on Microsoft’s technology stack, Xamarin is a comparatively new technology but it still has a community of more than 1.4 million developers from across the world. Xamarin was the creation of developers who build Mono – an open source .Net Framework based development platform which was first introduced in 2001. In the beginning they created Xamarin as a commercial project until after the company was acquired by Microsoft.
Xamarin mobile app development uses C# and native libraries wrapped in the .Net layer for cross-platform app development to create apps for almost all mobile platforms like iOS, Android, iOS and Windows apps. The platform Xamarin abides by the concept of WORA – write once, run any which means developers need to create a single code base. 90% of this code can be reused to build apps for other platforms. It’s cross-platform technology for native mobile application development. By using Xamarin developers can create apps with native look and feel.
The platform provides two major products: Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android. When creating with Xamarin.iOS, the code is directly compiled into native Ahead-of-Time compilation (ARM) assembly code. When applying Xamarin.Android, first of all, an app is complied down to Intermediate Language and then into native assembly code at runtime (Just-in-Time compilation). In both ways, the process remains automated and is customized to handle several issues including money allocation, garbage collection and platform interoperability by default.
Here are the top of the advantages of using Xamarin for mobile app development
One Technology Stack to Code for All Platforms
The code created in Xamarin mobile app development is based on C# and native libraries wrapped in the .Net layer. As experts of the field suggest, from 90 to 96% out of code can be reused in creating apps for other platforms. This also frees developers from switching for most part of apps when they create an app for multiple platforms. It speeds of the development cycle to a great extent.
Performance Close to Native
Unlike other platforms, an app created with Xamarin can still be categorized as native app. The performance metrics of Xamarin code is never less the codes created with Java, Swift and Objective-C. Also, they are consistency improving the efficiency of the platform to match with the standard of native app development technologies. Also it offers a complete solution for testing and tracking the performance of an app. It has the Test Cloud paired with Test Recorder tool that lets developers run automated UI tests and identify performance issues before publishing an app.
Native User Experiences
Full Hardware Support
Apps created using Xamarin have a native-level support of device hardware. With the use of several plug-ins and APIs, almost all hardware capabilities issues can be eliminated. This helps developers create an app which works perfectly with common device functionalities across platforms. Also, it allows linking with native libraries which let the developer do better customization to the app and add native-level functionalities to it.
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