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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
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Cloud integration

Even though there are multiple cloud service providers as development platforms for creating the backend for mobile applications, Microsoft Azure stands out among the competitors with its inherent natural bond to the .NET platform and subsequently Xamarin, considering its evolution. Most of the features supported by Azure have a specific implementation for Xamarin target platforms.

Azure Mobile Services

Azure Mobile Services is a scalable cloud development platform that helps developers add functionality to their mobile applications with ease. The patterns and features described in this chapter related to network services such as OData services, offline data storage, push notifications, and OAuth authentication providers are already included in the mobile services SDK and can be configured through the Azure management console.

In order to demonstrate aforementioned features, we can incorporate them into our demo application.

The initial step would be to create a mobile service...