Xamarin Dev Days – is a global event that happens across the globe in various cities. From this year, this event has started happening in India, and today (Aug 20, 2016) it took place in Bangalore. I was so fortunate to be part of the organizing committee from the local user group in Bangalore – XHackers and presented the welcoming session on “Introduction to Xamarin” in other words – “Native iOS and Android development using Xamarin”.

In this session, I have covered about what are the different ways of doing mobile development, in particular cross platform development, the pros and cons of different approaches and then got in to the details of how Xamarin really helps the C# developers do cross platform mobile development with all the knowledge they possess already. The session also touched a bit on other Xamarin + Microsoft offerings like Xamarin Test Cloud (for testing the app across multiple devices on cloud), Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS – Build iOS/Android apps on cloud), HockeyApp (redistribute apps for Beta testing), Xamarin Insights (Telemetry and app usage analytics ) etc., which enables the developer in creating an end-end mobile solution.

  • The slide deck used in the presentation is available in slideshare
  • The demo app showcased is available in my github repo

We had around 60+ attendees for the event and it was a great interactive session with the audience. I believe everyone enjoyed the session and the entire event.