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Cross-platform UI Development with Xamarin.Forms by Paul F. Johnson

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Chapter 2. Let's Get the Party Started

This chapter is primarily involved with the introduction of the Xamarin Forms library, and its incorporation within your applications. In particular, we will cover the following topics:

  • Setting up for Xamarin Forms
  • How Xamarin Forms work
  • Adding a Windows Phone project to your app

What is Xamarin Forms?

Xamarin Forms is known as a user interface abstraction library. It operates as a Portable Class Library (PCL), sitting on the target platforms and feeding in the UI elements that the application needs. It is as good as it sounds! Application user interfaces can be quickly constructed as a large amount of any other code can be shared.

Note

The Xamarin Forms library also allows you to access the platform hardware through ...

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