Using Xamarin Forms For Mobile App Development

Using Xamarin Forms For Mobile App Development

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The mobile app is ten years old. Over the past decade, websites have been designed to scale and respond to a variety of mobile devices to provide a native appUI. Many frameworks have been developed to help designers and developers with the design of responsive websites.

As the popularity of the mobile app increased, so did the number of design agencies, web designers and developers who were forced to make a decision. How to support the development of these mobile platforms with existing design and development skills without the need to learn new programming languages.

What is Xamarin Forms?

Both Windows and Mac can be used with the Xamarin Forms mobile application platform. Designers and developers could build native apps for all three platforms from a single shared C# codebase.

I created this article to give web designers and web developers an insight into using Xamarin Forms to develop apps and some lessons learned from my time developing with it. I assume that you have a base level of a programming language or that you have a good understanding ofHTML andCSS with this article. Now that the formality is out of the way, let’s go!

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How Xamarin Forms Works

The Xamarin Forms works by mapping theUI elements you create from your shared PCL to their native equivalents. Your applications are native. There are two parts to the page. To handle the behavior of that page, such as buttons and displaying data, you need a XAML file.

User Interface…XAML or C#?

You have two options to author your user interface.

XAML

The first language is XAML. This method is ideal for front-end designers to get their feet wet.

If you have any experience with using this type of code, you will find it easy to use. You will be able to hit the ground running with little to no learning curve with more or less the same XAML markup you are used to.

An example of a simpleUI was created. You can set values with the properties in each of the tags that are enclosed in the elements. If you look at the example below, you will see that the button tag has a few properties and values such as Text, Text Color, and Background Color, which can be seen in the code below.