What is Cross-Platform Application Development?
The term ‘cross-platform development’ is somewhat self-explanatory. It refers to cross-platform the process of creating applications (mobile apps) that are compatible with multiple mobile operating systems like Andriod, iOS, etc.
Cross-platform development is pursued so that the application built, runs flawlessly on more than one proprietary operating system, thus reaching out to a larger audience base which implies better monetization.
There are certain benefits that cross-platform development carries for developers.
Quick development: Since cross-platform development involves reusable code components, developers don’t have to write entirely different codes for different platforms. One advantage of this method of app development is the easy access to plug-ins, which simplifies the development process. It saves time and the applications get launched quicker.
Reduced costs: Since the efforts and resources involved in creating cross-platform applications are less as compared to creating native applications for different platforms, the overall cost of development is low. With cross-platform development, it’s a one-time investment to create apps for multiple platforms.
Uniformity: The user demands convenience. Cross-platform development ensures that the applications share the overall look and feel across all platforms so that users get a similar app across different platforms.
What is Xamarin?
Xamarin is a Microsoft-owned open-source developer platform for building applications for iOS, Android, and Windows using C# and .NET. The benefit of Xamarin development is that developers can write all the business logic using a single programming language on a PC or Mac, reuse existing codes, and achieve native performance on each platform.
When to go for Xamarin development?
Developers should opt for Xamarin app development to build cross-platform applications using C# with Visual Studio. Xamarin development is also a better option for sharing codes and business logic across different platforms. It offers cross-platform support for iOS, Android, and Windows and developers can share an average of 90% of their codes across platforms using Xamarin. Using standardized UI controls, the apps created on Xamarin offer excellent user experience and hence Xamarin development is one of the most popular application development platforms in the world.
Benefits of Xamarin development
Fast development: Because Xamarin allows shared codebases of up to 90% of each platform’s particular language, app development and cross-platform implementation is easier and faster for development teams.
Easy prototyping: In Xamarin development, developers gain access to the entire set of cross-platform UI tools that help developers to create a single interface for all devices. This, in turn, allows developers to share codes without changing the UI every time.
Native UI: Using Xamarin, developers can create native UI on every platform and write business logic that can be shared across platforms. Applications built using Xamarin development share one common attribute – they have native performance and aesthetics on every platform, i.e. there is no difference between them and native apps.
Easy testing and updates: Since Xamarin offers SDK integration, upgrading and updating of applications are easy and fast. Another advantage that Xamarin development offers is that application testing can be carried out on the cloud.