Top Reasons to Choose Xamarin to Build Cross Platform Mobile Apps

As mobile app development has become the necessity for every enterprise. However, it is quite difficult to choose and decide the best mobile application development platform among native and cross-platform apps. So choosing the best is a challenging task.

According to various reports, It is seen that out of 100, 80 to 85 percent enterprises love to build applications supporting multiple platforms and latest mobile application development technologies.

Build Cross Platform Mobile Apps - Xamarin

Top major reasons to choose Xamarin to build cross platform mobile apps are:

Open Source Platform and Flexible to choose Components:

Components store in Xamarin is a great value adds that provides cross-platform libraries, UI controls and third party web services for developers. Xamarin provide liberty to use these components based on the requirements.

Short Development Timeline:

Xamarin app development provides comparatively simplified way of sharing code across multiple mobile application development platforms and hence takes lesser time to build best cross platform mobile development.

Standardized UI Controls:

Apps built with Xamarin provide an amended experience to the users. With these standardized UI controls, there is no need to add any extra plugins and is the best way to build cross platform mobile apps.

SDK Integrated:

It is quite easy to add new features by the Xamarin developer in cross platform mobile app development and the auto updates are reflected immediately on the Operating system.

Simpler and Faster Testing Process:

Normally the process of testing a cross platform apps is long and mind-numbing but the Xamarin TestCloud allows the applications to be automatically tested on the cloud that makes the testing process more simpler, more shorter and very faster and Xamarin developer can test the health of the app using Xamarin Insights.

Cost Effective:

Writing code once and use it on variant platforms makes the Xamarin Mobile App Development cost-effective. Xamarin make use of C# codebase to allow code sharing across multiple platforms and testing across various platforms you choose to develop for. As a result, single code base reduces costs for addition of new feature and support.

Native Performance:

An object oriented programming language – C# coding being done in Xamarin, allows you to connect with the diverse device features like microphones and camera that is the best pros of this cross platform.

Offline Availability:

Offline usability is one of the best features of an app that are needed in this highly competitive market for enhancing the user convenience and provides effective and better solution to every application. At the remote location where low internet connection prevails, the cloud feature for reliable data synchronization in Xamarin helps you to use application offline.

Challenges Faced while Building Cross-Platform Apps With Xamarin

Xamarin is the excellent idea or the time efficient tool which is used to build applications for different operating systems and hence overcomes cross-platform development difficulties. Here are the challenges being faced by the Xamarin Forms Developer while building apps with Xamarin:

WPF Platform Setup Challenge

To set up WPF Platform is the most infuriating challenge a Xamarin Forms beginner can face. You launch your IDE, Select Xamarin.Forms project template, but sometimes you can’t run it immediately. This is either due to NUGET packages which are not restored or packages which need to be updated. If you face this issue, the first thing to do is to restore all your nugget packages for the solution and update if need be.

Specified Platform The XAML or the code.

When you are a Xamarin. Forms beginner, and new to .Net development tool, you can get very confused in the beginning. XAML is a markup language used to build user interfaces in .Net apps. You have the choice to build user interfaces either with XAML or with C# code and you may ask yourself if you should use XAML the answer is YES you should. Using XAML allows you to better separate UI code from code logic, and is a better choice when you will implement MVVM.

Where is the designer?

If you have previously worked on mobile development platform like Android or UWP, it is required to have a designer where you drag and drop views. But in Xamarin Forms, there is no requirement of such designer at least not yet. This can seem weird at first and even frustrating. There are some paid solutions for Xaml previewing. I already tried Gorilla Player XAML Live Preview but that was not working for .Net Standard. Finally, I found LiveXaml. Works better than others. Great tool, response is extremely quick. It’s very useful when you want to see the change both on IOS and Android platform at the same time.

Compiling and Running the App.

After restoring packages, in some circumstances, you may find difficulties in compiling and running your app. This bug arises because of platform specific packages that are needed to run the application. For example, after restoring nugget packages, you may face bugs like missing package Xamarin.Android.Support.Design or any other Xamarin.Forms supporting package dispute. Your IDE may complain about Missing References to Dependencies or Packages which are actually PRESENT in your solution or, after running your app, it immediately closes. All of these issues and a lot more will hinder compilation.

Sometimes we have to clean and rebuild the solution again and again to deploy the code. It is such a painful task of cleaning the solution often or deleting the bin and obj folder to remove the cached things and compiling again to rebuild the fresh code.

Dealing with Unhandled Exceptions

Catching unhandled exceptions in Xamarin are quite painful. A mobile application should never exit unexpectedly. That’s why you have to catch unhandled and unobserved task exceptions app-wide. Things are not always what they seem! When an unhandled exception occurs, typically Android will be destroying the process.

Xamarin, React, React Native

Our Company having a team of Xamarin, React, React Native, Php, Laravel, WordPress, Android, Dot Net developers. We Understand each and every aspect of software development life cycle. We try to satisfy our clients as much as we can. We having done uncounted projects websites and mobile apps. Which are up and working as per client expectations. We are always available to support our customers.