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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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In this chapter, we talked about some platform-specific features related to inter-app communications, peripherals, and location data.

Using platform-specific features can make your applications more attractive to platform users by providing scenarios that they are familiar with and increase the native look and feel of your applications.

Platform-specific features related to different communication protocols, such as Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Direct, can be employed for various scenarios. However, most of the protocols and profiles described here target Android and Windows Phone. Xamarin.iOS applications can only benefit from the Bluetooth LE profile.

Location awareness is another platform-specific implementation that all mobile applications can benefit from. By adding a location context to the business logic of applications, developers can create a more personalized experience for users.

Finally, if needed, Xamarin provides important features for binding and linking native libraries for...