Build once, deploy anywhere with Xamarin mobile application development.
With the Xamarin platform, we create native Windows, iOS and Android Apps in C#. Xamarin developed apps all use the same language, APIs and data structures and share an average of 75% of code across all mobile development platforms.
C# is also used to develop the server applications that mobile apps communicate with, resulting in the major benefit of having the same programming language and development platform being used across the full application development stack.
As part of Microsoft’s move towards open source, Xamarin is now included in Visual Studio at no extra cost.
Mobile User Interface (UI) development
Xamarin offers two ways to develop the UI for a mobile application.
- This is based on XAML the standard for Windows Desktop application development
- Offers very high levels of code compatibility between IOS, Android and Windows apps
2. iOS and Xamarin.Android:
- Supports separate and totally native custom UI code for iOS and Android devices
- Offers the opportunity for making the UI very device specific at the expense of having reduced code sharing. Only the non-UI elements will share code
Given the requirements of a mobile application, Ballard Chalmers can advise on which of these approaches is the most suitable.
Device Testing with the Xamarin Test Cloud
Xamarin Test Cloud enables for automated testing of an application’s functionality, usability and consistency on thousands of devices in the cloud.
With so many different mobile devices on the market, all with differing screen sizes and capabilities, it is important for applications to be checked for compatibility. Xamarin Test Cloud removes a lot of testing challenges whilst speeding up the process and enabling organisations that need it to target a wider range of devices.
Xamarin Test Cloud is part of Visual Studio App Center.
Offline Working and SQLite
Developing mobile apps that work where there is no Internet connection, and re-sync the data when back online is essential for enterprise mobile applications.
In these cases, unless the data structures are extremely simple and can be stored in a data file, Ballard Chalmers will manage on device data using a SQLite database. SQLite has the major advantage of being based on SQL which is known to most developers.
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