Xamarin Platform Overview

Xamarin Platform is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Mobile Development Platforms. It is most often compared to Appium: Xamarin Platform vs Appium

What is Xamarin Platform?
Develop native iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows apps in C#
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Xamarin Platform Customers
Cinemark, MixRadio, Sqor Sports, Storyo, JetBlue, The World Bank, Cr_dito Agrcola, Applied Research Associates
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Data Management Technical Lead - Project Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
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Top 10
Provides the right tools and libraries needed for building apps

What is our primary use case?

I used this solution for three years. I am not using this solution anymore, but I had Visual Studio and Xamarin installed — we were using components of Xamarin. We were trying to integrate some PSPDFKit functionality. We wanted to open up a PDF document to the last page that the person opened it. If it was a five-page document and they opened it on page two and then when they closed it, they wanted it to open back up to the page where they left off. They were trying to get the PDF to be sticky.

Pros and Cons

  • "On the market, compared to everyone else, they're the top solution. They're the best solution out there that I could see."
  • "The problem that I faced was that the communication, the roles, and the responsibilities, weren't defined between Microsoft and Xamarin."

What other advice do I have?

When someone's building something, they want the capability to do so across the platform; initially, there was a goal to build something for iOS, something for Windows, and something for Android. The first thing they dropped was the Android approach. They ended up keeping the iPad and Windows. You write the code once and it generates in both, or in multiple outputs. In our situation, we were supporting it on the iPad — 95% of the people used one. A very select few people used Microsoft Surface. It's a tremendous effort to keep both going, although that's the whole purpose of having Xamarin…
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