Welcome New Xamarin Developers!

Welcome New Xamarin Developers!

Wow – Microsoft made a pretty big announcement today at Build 2016, no? Xamarin will now be included in all versions of Visual Studio … for FREE! This removes a pretty sizable barrier for people and companies from trying Xamarin and all of the cross platform development goodness it delivers … cost. So with the influx of developers coming to the Xamarin platform, I wanted to put together a post of concepts I think are important to know as a mobile developer. This isn’t a top 10 skills list, or “you must know everything here or you will fail” – but rather ideas I’ve found useful over the years as I’ve learned (and still am learning) cross platform mobile development using Xamarin. But first … Congratulations!! Before we get into it, I want to congratulate everybody at Xamarin. Everybody that I’ve had an encounter with at that company has been an utmost professional … knowledgable, personable, and a downright pleasure to work with. My user group had James Montemagno come to Madison to do a Dev Days, and the feedback I received afterwards was nothing but terrific. Jayme Singleton heads up the Community Outreach and is able to get us whatever support we need for user group meetings, conference talks, anything. I’ve reached out to Rob Gibbens on the Xamarin University team regarding running a user group (a topic not related to the coursework at all) and we swapped ideas back and forth. People on the various development teams are responsive and active in the forums and on Twitter. I’ve met a couple of “Xamarins” via this blog …...