About Xamarin

Xamarin is a mobile application development platform that helps designers and developers build native iOS, Android and Windows applications using a single shared .NET code base. An Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Xamarin utilizes Visual Studio Tools to build native mobile applications. The platform offers a host of features including code editing, refactoring, debugging, testing and cloud-publishing. Additionally, the platform provides access to on-demand content from Xamarin's university curriculum and monthly Azure credit. Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin can be deployed on Windows or Mac devices to develop native apps and includes Xamarin SDKs, Xamarin.Forms and Mono runtime open-source resources via GitHub. Pricing is based on a monthly or annual ...

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Xamarin User Reviews

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SECONDARY RATINGS

Ease-of-use

4

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4

Functionality

4.5

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Richard

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

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June 2018

A development delight, if you know what you're doing

Nice unified development environment.

Pros

Xamarin comes in a few flavours. There is Xamarin.Forms which is a totally unified development experience across all apps. You're more limited & restricted in what you can do, but at the payoff of being able to develop once across all platforms. Xamarin.IOS and Xamarin.Android are C# wrappers for the native libraries, so you're basically writing a native app but in C# and are able to share code between platforms using a portable class library or a .net standard library. Also it's totally free and backed by Microsoft. They keep up to date with the latest libraries really well and has large community support.

Cons

There is a bit of a learning curve with all Xamarin - and certain levels of understanding really help you out. But it can be confusing when you're looking at examples and unsure of how it applies to your own code. Xamarin.Forms has a lot of restrictions, but if your goal is to make a simple native feeling form-y application and don't want to do anything specific, it can save a lot of development time. With Xamarin.IOS and Xamarin.Android you're in a bit of trouble if no one has created bindings for a library you want to use, you can do it yourself but it's not well documented and can be confusing. If you don't like Visual Studio and C# this is not for you.

Manthan

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Company size: 501-1,000 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
5

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out of 5
4

Value for money

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out of 5

July 2021

Xamarin - An open source mobile app cross platform

We have created our application in very less time compared to previously where we used native platforms to create individual application. It gives us an extra time to create more applications. Also Windows application can be created from a same project.

Pros

We just need to create different UI for different OS. Create a shared project for all back end communication. Can save lot of times from business perspective and create a impactful application.

Cons

iOS UI should be created within Xamarin only. No need to open xcode for that.

Reasons for switching to Xamarin

As we wanted to create our application compatible for all platforms including iOS, Android and Windows.

Arpit

Time used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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August 2017

Use something else

Cross-platform development.

Pros

It provides native support using language you already know (C#). If you know C# very deeply then maybe this would right choice for you.

Cons

Can't do high level UI stuff. Not cross-platform as they advertise it is. you will end up doing same code for each platform. I'd do native rather than this.

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Gabriel

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Company size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
2

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January 2019

Probably the best multi-platform framework

To state upfront: I have experience with both native Xamarin and .Forms variants, using Visual Studio as the choice IDE. Development is straightforward and there is plenty of learning material available to enable even mid level .Net developers to become productive in a matter of days. From a product owner's perspective this is the go-to tool when having to target multiple platforms. You get the advantage of being able to target device & platform specific features without the pains of having to use web containers like Cordova or Ionic frameworks) For the standard developer, the biggest pain is the debugging experience. This is usually slow (for instance it lacks the native Android's "Fast deployment" feature) and due to compiler optimizations, Intelisense will barely work (you don't get listings of the available properties & methods, while some property values will not be accessible at all) - although this can be mitigated by using a good logging tool. To add further, the (relatively) new Xamarin Forms will further constraint the developer to use a unified implementation, making the overall product even more maintainable (although this may have limitations when converting existing native apps). All in all, this is a matured product that should always be considered when targeting multi-platform software.

Pros

- First and foremost, it's portability that is driving the market. Being able to write a single implementation which targets multiple platforms is extremely cost effective - Being backed up by .Net (extremely common among the software development community) it's far easier to maintain a Xamarin solution (as opposed to having to find native platform developers) - Hardware support is really at an all time high - even hardware producers (e.g.: Motorola) are putting out Xamarin SDKs.

Cons

- Perhaps the only true disadvantage is that there is always a delay before it gets updated to support the latest platform update - Debugging can become tedious and I've seen this especially on the native implementations due to Xamarin's less-than-optimal way of reporting an issue (i.e.: you may end up in situations where an error message related to an Android run-time was actually caused by some small layout issue where a needed element is not present)

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Mohammad Sami

Verified reviewer

Company size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
5

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Value for money

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Functionality

out of 5

July 2021

Mobile Development Made Easy

Overall, I've been using Xamarin for over 6 years now, and enjoying developing applications that I can then deploy on multiple OSes without learning anything else than Xamarin

Pros

The best thing with this framework is that it offers single code base that is used to develop software for multiple OS, like I can use the same code for developing app that can run on Android, iOS, Windows and macOS

Cons

App build up times are still slow, it takes a while to deploy the application when compared to other frameworks

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