Discover how to streamline the creation of mobile applications for Android and iOS with Xamarin. For C# developers, this book is the most practical way yet to start mastering cross-platform development.
Write native iOS and Android applications with Xamarin
Add native functionality to your apps such as push notifications, camera, and GPS location
Learn various strategies for cross-platform development
Developing a mobile application for just one platform is becoming a thing of the past. Companies expect their apps to be supported on both iOS and Android, whilst leveraging the best native features of both. Xamarin's tools help solve this requirement by giving developers a single toolset to target both platforms.
"Xamarin Cross-platform Application Development" is a step-by-step guide for building professional applications for iOS and Android. The book walks you through building a chat application, complete with a backend web service and native features such as GPS location, camera, and push notifications.
This book begins with iOS and Android application fundamentals, then moves on to sharing code, and eventually digs deeper into native functionality. By the end of the book, readers will have successfully built a cross-platform application ready for submitting to app stores. You will gain an in-depth knowledge about the concepts of building cross platform applications.
"Xamarin Cross-platform Application Development" also covers native iOS and Android APIs, unit testing, building a real web service with Windows Azure, push notifications, interacting with the camera and GPS, leveraging Java and Objective-C libraries, and finally app store submission. Towards the end of the book you will feel confident in developing your own Xamarin applications.
"Xamarin Cross-platform Application Development" will teach you everything you need to know to develop an end-to-end, cross-platform solution with Xamarin.
What you will learn from this book
Familiarize yourself with Apple's MVC design pattern
Understand the Android activity lifecycle
Share C# code across platforms
Implement a web service with Azure Mobile Services
Deploy and debug your application on mobile devices
Call native Objective-C or Java libraries from C#
Use Xamarin.Mobile for camera, contacts, and location
Submit your app to the Apple App Store and Google Play
"Xamarin Cross-platform Application Development" is an end-to-end walk-through tutorial on developing applications for both iOS and Android. It offers clear and detailed explanations of each stage in the process, making it easier for you to master the creation of stable, production-ready, cross-platform apps.
Who this book is written for
This book is for C# developers who are interested in mobile application development. If you have experience with desktop or web applications, this book will serve as a great tool to give you a head start with cross-platform development.