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Xamarin 4.x Cross-Platform Application Development - Third Edition by Jonathan Peppers

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Installing Xamarin on Windows

Since Microsoft acquired Xamarin in 2016, Xamarin is included with any edition of Visual Studio. The editions are as follows:

  • Visual Studio Community: This is a free version available to anyone. There are restrictions for using this edition for companies.
  • Visual Studio Professional: This is the general edition companies should use. On the Visual Studio side, it includes features for Team Foundation Server.
  • Visual Studio Enterprise: Contains additional features in both Visual Studio and Xamarin. Xamarin features include embedded assemblies, the live Xamarin Inspector, and the Xamarin profiler.

When first setting up a Windows PC for Xamarin development, there are two choices to consider. If you already have Visual Studio, ...

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