Mendix vs. Xamarin Platform

As of June 2019, Mendix is ranked 1st in Mobile Development Platforms with 11 reviews vs Xamarin Platform which is ranked 2nd in Mobile Development Platforms with 15 reviews. The top reviewer of Mendix writes "The development environment is model-driven, and our business engineers can make information models using it". The top reviewer of Xamarin Platform writes "I can develop apps for iOS and Android without migrating to Objective-C or Java". Mendix is most compared with OutSystems, Microsoft PowerApps and Appian. Xamarin Platform is most compared with Appium, Ionic and IBM MobileFirst. See our Mendix vs. Xamarin Platform report.
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Pros
I think that the workflow and automation features are quite good.It is a brilliant solution.The development environment is model-driven. We can use the information from this for our business engineers to make the information models, and they can also execute the model.The integrated security saves a lot of time, especially when it comes to setting up user-roles and security. Also, database updates work automatically. There is no need to write queries to update the database, once you make an update.It's amazing that you can build web apps and mobile (hybrid) apps with one code base in a few clicks. It's a full continuous integration environment.Mendix has made a great deal of effort to provide its developers a healthy, modern environment for developing. First of all, it adopts Agile methodology by creating a SCRUM-based app where you can handle your user stories. Next comes version control, which really allows multiple team members to collaborate quite easily. And last but not least, Mendix modeler, which is your IDE for developing Mendix apps.Suite allows you to easily and smoothly integrate with pretty much anything. It is also cloud-enabled. It provides a full Cloud Foundry-driven cloud environment with one-click deployment.Enables us to rapidly create a complex application. We are also able to customize features that stakeholders in the corporation want to see, something that could not be done with other software. Our workflows and processes have evolved and improved. The fast iterations allow us to be nimble, get feedback from users, and do rapid updates.

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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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Overall, integration with the enterprise ecosystem needs improvement.While the documentation is good, the development box could be better.What is lacking is the support of higher level modeling features, like the modeling you do is relatively low level, yet it is still close to programming. We would like to see a more business-oriented modeling environment, like BPMN.Needs multiple database connections so an app can directly read/write data to/from multiple databases. This would enable easy splitting of big applications that have complex entity relationships.I would also like to see automatic adjustment to the Java Heap, whenever an application load becomes too much for the application. It could also use hot database replication.I would like to see more documentation as well as how-to documents.It needs to provide an overview of model versioning control for the sake of the review process; better SCRUM board; an overview of model changes from the repository through Sprintr (SCRUM board). Also, a choice between versioning control system would be nice.It could use a more comprehensive widget creation studio in the IDE.

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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
Initially, we started with a year for approximately $25,000, and if we need to expand the number of seats then we will increase it.From a commercial point of view, we would like them to change that they currently sell it as a platform, but as a customer you have to decide upfront the usage of the platform. We would like to have Mendix sell it as a pay as you go model: You pay for what you use, and you don't pay for what you don't use.

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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
The Mendix App Platform enables enterprise development teams to rapidly build, integrate, and deploy beautiful multi-device applications. Enterprise IT teams that need to quickly build innovative and differentiating applications in close collaboration with business stakeholders use Mendix.Develop native iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows apps in C#
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Genzyme, TNT, Yahoo, Capgemini, Roche, D&B, Aegon, kpn, AZL, Sky, Arch, Penn State Univeristy, BancABCCinemark, MixRadio, Sqor Sports, Storyo, JetBlue, The World Bank, Cr_dito Agrcola, Applied Research Associates
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