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Mastering Cross-Platform Development with Xamarin

By : Can Bilgin, Miljenko Cvjetko, Paulo Ortins, Robert Hellestrae, Craig Dunn
Book Image

Mastering Cross-Platform Development with Xamarin

By: Can Bilgin, Miljenko Cvjetko, Paulo Ortins, Robert Hellestrae, Craig Dunn

Overview of this book

The main goal of this book is to equip you with the required know-how to successfully analyze, develop, and manage Xamarin cross-platform projects using the most efficient, robust, and scalable implementation patterns. This book starts with general topics such as memory management, asynchronous programming, local storage, and networking, and later moves onto platform-specific features. During this transition, you will learn about key tools to leverage the patterns described, as well as advanced implementation strategies and features. The book also presents User Interface design and implementation concepts on Android and iOS platforms from a Xamarin and cross-platform perspective, with the goal to create a consistent but native UI experience. Finally, we show you the toolset for application lifecycle management to help you prepare the development pipeline to manage and see cross-platform projects through to public or private release.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Cross-Platform Development with Xamarin
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Release packages

On each Xamarin target platform, release packages differ in several ways from the development packages prepared during the development and testing phases. Release packages are optimized to take up less space and consume less resources in the runtime (both processing time and memory resources). They also do not contain symbol files or inter-process communication channels (such as Java Debug Wire Protocol (JDWP)) required for just-in-time (JIT) debugging. It is also important to mention that Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android projects, once built for release, are virtually no different from applications built with native development tools.

In order to prepare the application for release, developers need to take several preparation steps before actually building the application. These steps differ slightly on each platform.

Xamarin.Android app package (.apk)

Developers preparing Xamarin.Android application release packages should follow a certain checklist to create an optimized...