Mobile applications are gaining power with each day passing by. The mobile digital media has overtaken the desktop media and every small, medium, or big business and company is flocking towards owning an application. In this current time if you are not able to reach out to the audience on their smartphones. It actually shows that you are falling out of the competition. Your product, company, and business need an application to provide a satisfying mobile experience and win competition.
Having a mobile app is important and there is no question to that. However, the question most often asked is whether Xamarin Cross Platform Development will be better or a Native App development. Working directly on client’s target platform or with Xamarin, both will have upsides and downsides. Your company, its needs, the audience choice, and the development team are the best judge for your choice of platform.
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Below is a list of advantages, as we see, of using Xamarin over Native app platform:
The Plus Points of Xamarin over Native
Shared Core Code- Xamarin makes code sharing between Android and iOS easy. It makes bug hunt easier and brings no discrepancies in functionalities between platforms. Business logic, networking, navigation logic, parsing logic, view models, and models are easily shared between all versions of app. The bugs reported in Xamarin apps are handful and platform related only which means that they can be fixed by a single person.
C#- Xamarin platform offers developers to write in C# on all the platforms. There have been tremendous developments in C# over the years and despite the other programming languages are also great but C# makes it speedy and is safe. The presence of C# helps create readable, clean, and more reliable code because of the recent addition of patterns as implicit typing, LINQ, async method, extension method, and other closures.
.Net and Other C# Libraries- Xamarin supports the latest Microsoft licensed libraries, .Net libraries, and other PCLS. Libraries provide a great support in executing the difficult tasks in an effortless manner.
The Downsides of Xamarin
Time Lag- Through Xamarin the interfaces are delivered to the APIs very quickly, sometimes on the same day. However, API is not the only thing that is in platform, there are other platform tools where Xamarin lags behind. The latest and greatest features on Xamarin Platform require some time, so if you want to use them you will certainly need to wait.
Third Party Library Support– Xamarin does not offer binding to all third party libraries, it offers bindings only to some while for the others developers will need to provide it by themselves. This does not leave things simple. Android and iOS has other third party libraries such as UI components which become addictive for the mobile users.
.Net Libraries are Not Portable- If you’re planning on using PCL core Library, then you will have hard time finding a third party library that will offer support. The companies which offer .Net library for interface don’t support the PCL version yet. This precisely leaves you to relying on the native libraries which have drawbacks.
Summing It Up:
We support using Xamarin, however with a realistic approach that the positive do not always outweigh negatives. We do not advice on using Xamarin or even Native mobile app development for all of your projects, rather we suggest you look into the following factors and then use Xamarin platform:
- Does your app have a large number of on-device logics? Can they be handled and controlled on the backend server? If this is not the case then you can use naïve platform because in alternate case the amount of code shared will be minimal.
- If you want to keep the mobile app running for a longer time and already have a team that develops and maintains C# or .Net languages.
- Do you intend to use one or more than one Window devices?