The choice of an appropriate IDE for development is absolutely mandatory, as it can greatly ease and speed up your development, if you choose the right one. There are two choices when it comes to IDEs: Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio.
For developing an iOS application, you can use either use Xamarin Studio or the Xamarin iOS Visual Studio plugin on Windows machines. However, you cannot build and run an iOS application on Windows OS. You must have a Mac computer.
Windows users have two IDE choices for developing the Android application. You can either use Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio. If you're on Mac OS, then you have to use the Android Studio IDE. All the examples in this book are developed using Xamarin Studio on Mac. ...