Magic xpa Application Platform vs. Xamarin Platform

As of June 2019, Magic xpa Application Platform is ranked 9th in Mobile Development Platforms with 3 reviews vs Xamarin Platform which is ranked 2nd in Mobile Development Platforms with 15 reviews. The top reviewer of Magic xpa Application Platform writes "Enables uncommonly fast development speed, bug-fix productivity, and connectivity to multiple databases". The top reviewer of Xamarin Platform writes "I can develop apps for iOS and Android without migrating to Objective-C or Java". Magic xpa Application Platform is most compared with Microsoft .NET Framework, OutSystems and Apache Web Server. Xamarin Platform is most compared with Appium, Ionic and IBM MobileFirst. See our Magic xpa Application Platform vs. Xamarin Platform report.
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Magic is rapid, it's a tool which we use to develop, change and maintain our programs. xpa has a lot more features onboard and it gives us the opportunity to do such things so that we can easily adapt and maintain our programs. It gives certain benefits to stay with our customers and the market.Typically an experienced Magic developer can do the work of two to three experienced C#/.NET developers. Customers are amazed at how quickly most new features can be added and bug fixes implemented. I have worked for four employers - including myself - using Magic, and in most instances, bug fixes are addressed and deployed in under six hours.Speed of development and database connectivity (MS SQL, Oracle, DB2, Btrieve/Pervasive PSQL, ODBC, MySql, and SQLite).The ability to use the same development environment for both Windows and Android applications. Magic xpa also supports iOS applications.Being able to make changes to existing programs to comply with last minute changes in requirements, and/or being able to fix, test, review, and deploy new code in a manner of hours instead of days, definitely gives us a huge advantage over our competitors and this is only possible thanks to Magic’s speed of programming.Magic’s unique approach to development ensures that the programmer stays focused on the objective of the program (i.e. display all customers in California), instead of the repetitive tasks that surround it (i.e. connect to database, open customers table, create the query to retrieve records within the specified criteria, fetch the result of the query, connect it to a data grid, etc.).Magic’s Database Gateway allows the logic of the program to be isolated from the underlying database. This provides the flexibility not only to move existing programs to different database environments without the need to change the logic in the program but also allows the programmer access to different databases without the need to know how to "talk" to them.Without the need to compile code, the time spent in the development cycle is greatly reduced, allowing the programmer to test modifications to a program immediately after they have been saved.

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It usually saves time for application development. We write once and the code works everywhere.The cross platform ability is a great asset.Their leadership is exceptional at both listening to the customer base and delivering innovative, best-in-class products.Being able to use the .NET framework and platform have me creating applications better than anyone who develops on Windows.Xamarin is well-integrated with Visual Studio so it will feel very familiar to you once you start.It brings about good code sharing strategies, which bring down cost and maintenance efforts.We were able to optimize the service organization for one of our clients.It allows us to reuse our knowledge of C# and .NET Framework.

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When you have several tasks, you open a screen in a task in developing mode, and you don't see the parent screens. Debugging lacks the effects to solve problems. You have to do it first in a kind of studio. Then you have to be sure that you can do it in Magic because there is almost nothing to debug it. It's practically impossible to debug. You have to be sure before you put your snippets.The configuration of the xpa RIA mobile environment is complex and a discouragement to new developers. Also, Magic's documentation can be less than complete at times which leads to frustration for new developers. (I encourage new Magic developers to join the Magic Users Group).The Android environment is missing a number of functions for file/folder manipulation, sending receiving text messages (SMS) and the menuing options are limited. For now, it is left to the developer to write his/her own Java functions to include in the APK.It is missing basic charting tools for bar/pie/series charts. It is left to the developer to acquire and deploy charting tools or the customer to purchase a third-party reporting tool to produce charts.I would like to see a spell checker included with optional language support. Currently, this has to be purchased from a third-party.The ability to display page up, page down, top and bottom buttons along the scroll bar would make my mouse-reliant customers happy.Magic has a tradition, when it adds new technologies/features to the Magic development tool, to provide either no documentation or documentation that does not provide an organized approach for bringing this new technology/feature to experienced Magic programmers.

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They need to take a step towards independence from the UI platform. It takes a lot of time to adapt the native controls.We need to think about partnering with IBM because there is a need for a big data partner; someone who has machine learning and can help us connect the app to big data.There is limited support for UX widgets.There are compatibility issues between versions of various Xamarin components.The android application compilation time needs to be reduced.It is common to find a problem that you would need to develop from the start since there are no third-party components to reuse.From time to time, it is a bit harder to code some specific scenarios compared to the native approach.The worst build issue concerns are the caching process MSBuild uses to reduce the build time.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It's not cheap. The licenses are not cheap. Not at all. They cost much money. There are other tools with free licenses but Magic asks for a lot of money.Magic is not the cheapest IDE out there. If you are considering Magic xpa, you should do a cost-benefit analysis to feel comfortable with your decision. The Magic sales staff is very helpful in providing pricing.

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Xamarin is free, or comes with Visual Studio. Therefore, it is very profitable.It saved a lot of time and resources needed to develop a cross platform mobile app.Xamarin is available under several licensing arrangements. Each developer needs one license at least. All features, especially the Profiler, unlock only with the highest tier.This is a free product, so there is zero investment on licenses and IDE.For personal use, the Community Edition is free.In most cases, it is sufficient to have free/community license. But if you plan to seriously develop production-level, highly polished apps, you need to use Xamarin.Profiler and the professional or enterprise license.

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Overview
Magic xpa Application Platform is a code-free, visual development and deployment environment for the quick creation of enterprise-grade mobile, web and desktop apps. Magic xpa lets you leverage the same business logic to develop once and deploy across platforms. You can create a portfolio of high performance business apps with a single skill set and minimal resources. By allowing you to develop, maintain and update apps quickly and cost-effectively, Magic supports your digital transformation and enterprise mobility strategies, making it easy for you to give your business a competitive edge.Develop native iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows apps in C#
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ADD, Cape plc, Adecco, Kuno Kinzoku Industry Co., GE Capital, Dove Tree, CBS Outdoor, Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, Allstate Life Insurance Company, Titan Software SystemsCinemark, MixRadio, Sqor Sports, Storyo, JetBlue, The World Bank, Cr_dito Agrcola, Applied Research Associates
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