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Bhupesh Sharma
Real User
System Analyst at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
May 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Test Cloud, Calabash, SpecFlow, and Xamarin.UITest are the features which can’t be ignored because just writing code doesn’t mean your app will... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have been using Xamarin Platform for four years and learning new things each day. Being just an Asp.NET C# developer, I feel more confident... more»

What needs improvement?

I would say that every technology has room for improvement, Xamarin Platform is no exception. All Xamarin library issues which need to be taken... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

If you plan smartly enough I think you will save some bucks for sure. You don’t need different native developers for each platform as Xamarin... more»

What other advice do I have??

I would rate Xamarin Platform an eight out of 10 because, while developing applications using Xamarin Platform you will come across some library... more»
David-Allen
Real User
Mobile Practice Director
Jun 04 2018

What is most valuable?

It allows the development of truly native applications in C# using the power of .NET framework and Visual Studio. Xamarin allows the same development and build environment to be... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has significantly reduced the skill barrier for development and testers. Our company is mostly a Microsoft stack house, so most developers either use, or are familiar with, C#... more»

What needs improvement?

The most common issues involved are with the IDE and build process. The worst build issue concerns are the caching process MSBuild uses to reduce the build time. It is... more»

What other advice do I have??

I have been using Xamarin for about seven years, since before it was Xamarin (it used to be MonoTouch and MonoDroid).
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Michael Henke
Real User
Manager Mobile Software Development at Seamgen, LLC
Jun 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to share a platform-agnostic common core, or business logic, enables a mobile developer to write code for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the help of Xamarin.Forms, we can effectively realize a cross-platform app with a very small team of 1-2... more»

What needs improvement?

Xamarin's profiling tools are only available for the highest tier of MSDN subscription and compatibility with... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Xamarin is available under several licensing arrangements. Each developer needs one license at least. To access all... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

At Seamgen, we evaluate which framework and platform are the most viable to achieve our client's goals on a per-project... more»

What other advice do I have??

We have been using Xamarin for over four years on multiple app projects of varying sizes, complexity, and code-reuse,... more»
Neha_Gupta
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 04 2018

What is most valuable?

For me, Xamarin becomes more valuable when it comes to forms. Xamarin has come up with a lot of features over time. I... more»

How has it helped my organization?

From a developer's point of view, with the help of Xamarin, we can focus on the functionality, rather than spending... more»

What needs improvement?

I feel that the Android AppCompat library creates a lot of issues. A lot of development time is often wasted solving... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

For personal use, the Community Edition is free. If someone is a freelancer he can easily use the free edition.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I was into Web development using .NET and C#. I wanted to try mobile applications and, with my knowledge of C#, that is... more»

What other advice do I have??

I have been using this solution for the past three years. I have developed many iOS and Android apps using Xamarin... more»
Kacper Ryniec
Real User
Software Development Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The possibility to share business domain model-related code between iOS and Android.

How has it helped my organization?

Xamarin brought various benefits to our clients. For example, we were able to optimize the service organization for one of our clients. Customers can use now a branded mobile... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be great to have some quirks of Xamarin.Forms solved. However, the number of community developed libraries and components are growing rapidly, so this should be another... more»

What other advice do I have??

It does have its drawbacks. From time to time, it is a bit harder to code some specific scenarios compared to the native approach. Since Xamarin is the another layer of... more»
CXamarine85a
Real User
C#/Xamarin/Mobile Technical Lead at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Jun 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* One language for all platforms: C# * XAML for UI in Xamarin.Forms * Provides 100 percent coverage of APIs on each... more»

How has it helped my organization?

All of our mobile developers can easily substitute for each other on different projects and platforms.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see hot reload, similar to what Flutter has out-of-the-box. There is "Live Reload" but it’s still in... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

In most cases, it is sufficient to have free/community license. But if you plan to seriously develop production-level,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Xamarin is my first cross-platform framework.

What other advice do I have??

I rate it a 10 out of 10. It's the best cross-platform framework, and it continuously improves.
Jane Jane
Real User
User at a manufacturing company
Aug 12 2018

What is most valuable?

Provides a wide variety of technical work and some interesting problems to solve. Being able to use the .NET framework and platform have me creating applications better than anyone... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Managing code is useful using TFS, so a separate code managing software was not required. Authenticating user to app is easy using Azure authentication, which is supported in Xamarin

What needs improvement?

There is limited support for UX widgets. Also, there are compatibility issues between versions of various Xamarin components.

What other advice do I have??

If you are already heavily invested in the .NET platform and C# development, Xamarin is the quickest way to make native iOS apps. Their leadership is exceptional at both listening... more»
Konstantin Semenenko
Real User
Xamarin Developer
Jun 04 2018

What is most valuable?

In Xamarin.Forms, it is valuable that one and the same code (including UI) work on all platforms. It is very convenient.

How has it helped my organization?

It usually saves time for application development. We write once and the code works everywhere.

What needs improvement?

They need to take a step towards independence from the UI platform. It takes a lot of time to adapt the native controls.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Xamarin is free, or comes with Visual Studio. Therefore, it is very profitable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Earlier, I tried to write code on native technologies, but still liked C# more. We switched because it makes... more»

What other advice do I have??

Be sure to look at the lessons from Xamarin University, as well as test projects on GitHub.
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