Develop powerful cross-platform applications with XamariAbout This BookWrite native cross-platform applications with XamarinDesign user interfaces that can be shared across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone using Xamarin.FormsThis step-by-step practical guide will teach you various strategies for cross-platform developmentWho This Book Is ForIf you are a developer with experience in C# and are just getting into mobile development, this is the book for you. If you have experience with desktop applications or the web, this book will give you a head-start with cross-platform development.What you will learnUnderstand Apple's MVC design patternGet to grips with the Android activity lifecycleShare C# code across platforms and call native Objective-C or Java libraries from C#Create a real web service back end in Windows Azure using SQL Azure as database storageSet up third-party libraries such as NuGet and Objective Sharpie in many different ways, and port a desktop .NET library to XamarinUse Xamarin.Mobile for camera, contacts, and locationIn DetailXamarin is a leading cross-platform application development tool used by top companies such as Coca-Cola, Honeywell, and Alaska Airlines to build apps. In version 4, there are significant updates to the platform including the release of Xamarin.Forms 2.0, and improvements have been made to the iOS and Android designers. With Xamarin being acquired by Microsoft, it is now a part of Visual Studio family.This book takes a step-by-step approach, teaching you how to build applications for iOS, Android, and Windows. We will walk you through a popular application, complete with a back-end web service and native features such as GPS location, camera, push notifications, and other core features. Additionally, you'll learn how to use external libraries with Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms to create user interfaces. We also provide instructions for Visual Studio and Windows. This edition has been updated with new screenshots and detailed steps to provide you with a holistic overview of the new features incorporated in Xamarin 4.