Chapter 1. Introducing native cross-platform applications with Xamarin

This chapter covers

  • What a Xamarin app is
  • The mobile-optimized development lifecycle
  • Building production-ready cross-platform apps

Back in 2000 Microsoft announced a new software framework called .NET, along with a new programming language called C#. Not long after this, a company called Ximian (founded by Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman) started working on Mono, a free implementation of the .NET framework and the C# compiler that could run on Linux.

Fast forward 16 years, and Nat Friedman is standing on stage at the Xamarin Evolve conference giving the keynote talk—physically in front of sixteen hundred mobile developers and virtually in front of tens of thousands more. ...

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