Xamarin Platform Room for Improvement

Bhupesh Sharma
System Analyst at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
I would say that every technology has room for improvement, Xamarin Platform is no exception. All Xamarin library issues which need to be taken care of should be top priority. Sometimes it becomes clumsy when there are a lot of things going on in your project or solution and you need to take care of business logic in parallel. On top of everything, providing only wrapper classes does not make a developer’s life easy. So yes, there are improvements going on and they will need to continue to improve in the future as well. View full review »
Michael Henke
Manager Mobile Software Development at Seamgen, LLC
Xamarin's profiling tools are only available for the highest tier of MSDN subscription and compatibility with platform-native profiling tools is rather lacking. This causes friction when working on performance-related issues. View full review »
David-Allen
Mobile Practice Director
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 unnecessarily complex (internally) and will sometimes leave cached files which should have been removed, even when a full solution clean is performed. The work around involves closing the solution and deleting some project folders. Occasionally, IntelliSense loses sync with the code and provides visual error indicators when no error exists. Xamarin.Forms does have some short comings, especially surrounding performance. Launch time on Android is a particular issue because Xamarin.Forms loads all the external assemblies during initialization. Support for lazy loading or merging of assembles would significantly reduce this, but Microsoft is still committed to a solution. Support of platform specific behavior could also still be improved. However, I believe strongly that Xamarin.Forms is the future of cross-platform native mobile development. View full review »
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Neha_Gupta
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I feel that the Android AppCompat library creates a lot of issues. A lot of development time is often wasted solving these issues. View full review »
Kacper Ryniec
Software Development Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 advantage soon. Nowadays, 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. View full review »
Konstantin Semenenko
Xamarin Developer
They need to take a step towards independence from the UI platform. It takes a lot of time to adapt the native controls. View full review »
CXamarine85a
C#/Xamarin/Mobile Technical Lead at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
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 preview and was only recently announced. View full review »
Jane Jane
User at a manufacturing company
There is limited support for UX widgets. Also, there are compatibility issues between versions of various Xamarin components. View full review »
Fo328ndr9
Founder and CEO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Nilesh Chavan
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* It needs offline sync capabilities to store data on devices persistently. * Security features and data analytics need to be improved. View full review »
ArtanVeselaj
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For those who use only XAML to design the UI, it would be better if there was a better XAML previewer or designer. View full review »
Anandjit Banerjee
Xamarin Certified Consultant/Architect
* The android application compilation time needs to be reduced. * The deployment package sizes need to be looked into. View full review »
Jan Zeman
Mobile Apps Team Lead, Scrum Master, Senior App Developer (Xamarin, Android) at a music company with 51-200 employees
The performance needs improvement, especially the dev tools, and also the ultimate output of the mobile applications. View full review »
Chandran Subramanian
Technical Lead with 10,001+ employees
They need to improve performance, especially for the Android platform. Also, some controls are missing in the Xamarin framework when compared to native controls; for example, the checkbox control. View full review »
Wesley S. Favarin
Xamarin Forms Sr. / Team Leader
Needs to improve the customization of its screens. View full review »
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