Realities of Cross-Platform Development: How Platform-Specific Can You Go? — Visual Studio Magazine

To help solve the cross-platform problem, Xamarin has produced Xamarin.Forms and added this product to the list of tools for developers. Xamarin.Forms is a cross-platform API that maps to device-specific APIs. This article will delve into an examination of Xamarin.Forms with an application that I had to write for our startup and how well it meets several requirements:

  • How well does it display on a platform? How much platform-specific code is necessary? Does the application “look” like a native platform?
  • When a developer has to resort to native API calls, how easy is it? Can it be done? Does it work?
  • When something else has to happen, how much third-party support is there?

Source: Realities of Cross-Platform Development: How Platform-Specific Can You Go? — Visual Studio Magazine

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