D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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Mobile Dev with VS.NET Talk Resources

Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:13 AM

Thanks to everyone who came out to my talk on Mobile Dev with VS.NET last week at the Winnipeg .NET User Group! Below are links from the session content. First, I wanted to clarify something…

The last question we took asked if there was a learning curve for developing Android in Xamarin. I answered thinking from a .NET point of view – C# conventions are still in place but the framework you develop with may be different.

Tyler Doerksen pointed out to me that the question could have been about how Android applications are actually architected/developed and not about C# itself. In this light, yes developing an Android app isn’t like writing a traditional Microsoft application but I don’t know that its really all that different either. It would be like switching from C# to Java – things are familiar, but some things are new and different. There’s always a learning curve when switching to a new platform, but the Xamarin tools remove some of that by providing familiar IDE (Visual Studio) and language (C#).

OK – now to the links.

Xamarin Platform

Here’s where you can download the Xamarin tools. You can also view the various tiers at a glance here, which shows features available and the pricing. Note that while there is a Starter level, its limited in a few ways:

Your apps are limited in size and can’t leverage 3rd party libraries

You won’t have access to Xamarin Forms

Although it doesn’t list it, supposedly there is Visual Studio plugin support at the Starter level (or it was to be added by the end of 2014).

Xamarin Evolve Sessions


All sessions from last year’s Xamarin Evolve conference are available online! Lots of fantastic sessions here, I’d absolutely recommend going through them!

Xamarin Forms

If you want a fantastic intro to Xamarin Forms, here are two videos from the above Xamarin Evolve sessions to check out (no links – they just embed them in the same page and pop-out the video when you click play):

Your First Xamarin.Forms App
Craig Dunn

Building Cross-Platform Applications with Xamarin, Xamarin.Forms, and MVVM Light
Laurent Bugnion

Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova

Here’s where you can get all the info and the tools to start developing with Apache Cordova in Visual Studio!

If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or hit me up on Twitter!



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