Mobile applications have made every aspect of our life easy – from online shopping to ordering food to booking tickets! However, in this dynamic technology landscape, building mobile apps that efficiently cater to the ever-increasing market needs and customer demands is only possible with the right approach and the right technology stack.
Fortunately, Xamarin can help accelerate the development cycle for mobile apps and give you the speed edge for building, testing, and releasing mobile apps across Android, iOS, and windows.
So, if you are developing a mobile app using Xamarin technology , use these 8 tips to speed up the process!
1. Adopt a Lean Development Approach
Lean is a methodology in the Agile development model. It is a popular and preferred approach for mobile application development. The key principles of Lean development relate to quality, efficiency, optimization, and faster delivery – all of which comprise Xamarin’s feature list!
2. Choose Cross-platform Mobile Apps for Speed
Native mobile apps are undeniably better as compared to other approaches. But they also accompany hefty overheads for multi-platform development. Xamarin is developed to facilitate swift code sharing for native apps. You can easily share as much as 75% of the source code across platforms, thereby accelerating the time-to-market.
3. Capitalize on the Power of mBaaS for a Rich User Experience
Most enterprises building custom mobile applications are essentially reinventing the wheel with core functions like data synchronization, online & offline set-up, analytics, social media integrations, and third-party apps.
These functionalities demand valuable development resources but they can be easily managed using a powerful mobile backend system (mBaaS). Plus, Xamarin enables easy integration with mBaaS allowing businesses to stay focused on driving value with a seamless end-user experience.
4. Use Built-in Frames & Controls to Your Advantage
Instead of diving directly into building mobile apps for Android, iOS & Windows individually, companies can take advantage of Xamarin technology to design and deploy these applications simultaneously.
Share up to 100% code across platforms using Xamarin Forms and integrated UI frames & pages that come with more than 40 layouts and controls. These controls and layouts greatly reduce the development timeline for native apps with ready-to-use labels, buttons, lists, and gesture support.
5. Leverage Xamarin TestCloud for Fast & Reliable Testing
Xamarin’s peerless testing features make testing cloud-based mobile apps for speed, performance, and robustness an absolute breeze. TestCloud is readily accessible and enables quick and easy testing of apps.
It also allows real-time interaction with different mobile devices. Thereby, reducing the time, effort & cost involved in testing apps. Fast and accurate testing ensures faster time-to-market.
6. Reduce Iterations with Hot Reload
Gone are times when you had to develop and deploy apps over and over again to validate the simplest changes in Xamarin.Forms. The complex process of recompiling and redeploying the entire app for every modification can be made fast and easy with Hot Reload.
This amazing feature can be enabled in Visual Studio. Any modifications made in the XAML file are then reflected in the running app in real-time along with the current app state.
7. Continuous Integration
While Hot Reload allows you to create optimization options, it is also important to make the build that is delivered to end-users and testers. Developers are often subjected to situations where the build works just fine at their end but does not function as expected at the client’s end.
Continuous integration is the best approach in this case to boost productivity. To implement the CI in Xamarin, you can use the App Center in Visual Studio. Beyond testing the app and distributing it to different collaborators for use, the App center can also report diagnostic and analytical data points & is available in free and paid versions.
8. Outsource Secondary Development Features
It is a challenging task to develop native user interfaces for individual platforms. You can easily share them across multiple platforms.
Developers prefer using Xamarin.Forms to speed up their development time for native UIs. Enterprises can also outsource the mobile app development process to an experienced technology partner and save their time and money while developing faster, secure, scalable, and robust mobile solutions.
Using Xamarin technology is the least risky approach any enterprise can take. Whether it is native or cross-platform development, going mobile with Xamarin and managing the development strategically enables businesses to instantly ingress into the application market.