Xamarin hopes to attract more developers with expanded iOS support

The company has also expanded the ability to share code across multiple OSes

Using Xamarin Designer for iOS developers can build and modify iOS 6 and 7 so-called storyboard files, which are used to assemble the different screens that make up an iOS application and the navigation path through these.

Using Xamarin Designer for iOS developers can build and modify iOS 6 and 7 so-called storyboard files, which are used to assemble the different screens that make up an iOS application and the navigation path through these.

The latest version of Xamarin's namesake development platform has additional support for iOS and more features for sharing code across the Apple OS, Android and Windows.

Xamarin's platform lets developers use C# to create native apps for Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows. The most important addition in version 3 of Xamarin is Designer for iOS, which Xamarin hopes developers will embrace as an alternative to Apple's Xcode Interface Builder. The advantage is that users can stay in a single environment for the entire development process.

Using Designer for iOS, developers can build and modify iOS 6 and 7 so-called storyboard files, which are used to assemble the different screens that make up an iOS application as well as the navigation path through them.

The upgrade isn't just about iOS. The ability to share code across multiple operating systems has been improved in version 3, thanks to several new features.

Shared Projects lets developers share code across iOS, Android, and Windows in either Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio, while Portable Class Libraries offer a new mechanism for building libraries. Once created, they can be used across Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.Mac runtimes, for example.

To help speed up the development of user interfaces, developers can use Xamarin.Forms. It's an API that lets developers write user interfaces for iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps. Developers can mix and match Forms-based code with platform-specific bits for complete control on each platform, according to Xamarin.

The design of Xamarin's IDE Studio has also been updated. It now includes a new welcome screen, icons and improved support for Retina displays.

In addition to supporting C#, version 3 lets developers build iOS and Android apps using the F# functional programming language, which is becoming increasingly popular, according to Xamarin. On a site hosted by Microsoft Research, prospective developers can use their browser to try F#, which runs on Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Windows as well as HTML5 and GPUs.

Xamarin ships on Friday and pricing will stay the same. The most popular edition of Xamarin's platform is the Professional version which costs US$999 per year, platform and developer.

On Wednesday, Xamarin also announced it had acquired Visual Studio Division of Clarius Consulting. The goal is to improve the integration with Visual Studio, according to Xamarin CEO and co-founder Nat Friedman. Supporting Visual Studio users is one of Xamarin's highest priorities, and the acquisition will allow the company to deliver an even an improved mobile development experience for them, he said in a blog post.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags application developmenttelecommunicationapplicationsiosMobile OSessoftwareXamarinmobileWindows Phonemobile applicationsAndroid OS

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?