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What are the Main Benefits and Drawbacks of Xamarin and Native Programming Approaches?


What are the Main Benefits and Drawbacks of Xamarin and Native Programming Approaches?

Nowadays the development of various mobile applications for gaming and everyday life becomes more and more interesting and rapidly advancing field of the world business. There are numerous different approaches, which are used by the developers to create their projects and making their ideas real. One of these most popular ones could be the softwares and frameworks, which act as the very fundamental technologies for the creation of the apps. These frameworks and approaches are:

  • Native Development;

  • Xamarin;

Maybe, for the beginners these terms and notions may sound pretty unusual, however, this article was created directly for the explanation of them, comparison of these techniques and the presentation of the most innovative and promising ideas, which have erected in these field throughout the last several years. So, today, here, I would like to discuss several most important and key features of native and Xamarin app development, what, I hope, will make the entire process of the development of your plan easier and more comfortable for you.

What is a classical Native strategy?

While discussing the whole big question of the most popular and widely used technologies, which are widely used by the developers, it would be more suitable to start the description with the presentation of the most basic ones. It is so, due to the fact, that without the primary knowledges on the most simple things, it may be much more complicated to understand the difference between Xamarin and native approaches and the whole strategy upon which Xamarin strategy is functioning.

Native approaches

To be honest, native approach for the development of applications is the most popular strategy these days, adopted by the programmers all over the world, because of the fact that it's very basic positive point play the most crucial role in the whole strategy of its adaptation for various projects. For example, due to the existence of an opportunity for the developers to create single application for each software simultaneously, we are able to heck all of the errors and bugs pretty quickly and on an efficient level. Moreover, due to the speed of all of the processes of compilation and debugging, operation with the implementation of the native approaches becomes much easier and faster, than in case of the usage of other similar technologies.

Xamarin vs native

Lastly, as I have already highlighted, because of the simultaneous  creation of absolutely different applications for various platforms it is possible to make all the elements balance perfectly. The main thought of that framework is the creation of separate applications for different platforms, what as I have already mentioned may lead to higher level of quality of the final product and technical characteristics of an app.Making a long story short, if your have an idea to develop an Android application you are going to use the tools, which will fit the Android development, while the situation with iOS or any other OS is absolutely the same. For example, the main programming language with which operate all of the Android applications is Java, while iOS is based on other languages, like C or C++, thus it is pretty logically to say, that despite of the fact, that the programming process could be the same, all the details and techniques are different.

What is Xamarin?

Xamarin is one of the most recent and revolutionary inventions, which has ever emerged in the industry if cyber business. There are several pretty important radical differences between Xamarin and native, as well as cross-border approaches. In that particular passage I would like to give a pretty brief description on what is Xamarin and which technologies are used within that framework, which make it possible to compare Xamarin performance vs native approach of application building.

The main feature of that approach and those technologies, which were used for its creation is the fact, that you may be able to deal with those problems and main drawbacks, which you may face, while operating with native and cross-border frameworks. Then, we also have to make an emphasis, that Xamarin is operating upon such an underestimated language as C#, which key advantages could not be forgotten. Furthermore, another pretty interesting thing is also the fact, that .NET language is also seems to be pretty good here due to the fact, that Xamarin makes it possible for you to fully use all if the benefits of it. So, frankly speaking, the main functions of Xamarin are absolutely the same as in case of native or cross-border approaches, however, the key ways through which these functions are implemented tend to be absolutely different. Furthermore,it seems to be pretty important to admit, that the main idea of Xamarin is the unification of the most important and useful features of both, earlier highlighted technologies. Downstream I am willing to present you the most vital benefits of Xamarin and provide a brief comparison of Xamarin vs native mobile development . But, as usually, in any similar situation, there are also negative aspects, which are also going to be enlightened.

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Why use Xamarin or what are the benefits of the innovative framework?

Obviously, while discussing such a new technology, we can not make our article full and exhaustive without the presentation of the most important positive elements of Xamarin mobile application development, which, without a doubt, may be the strongest factors, which could have a strong influence on your future choice.

One of the main benefits is the fact, that C# is an absolutely universal and unique programming environment, that allows you to create all of your codes and programmes, which will be absolutely matchable to such languages as Object-C and Java. That is highly beneficial not only because if the fact, that such feature may lead to the creation of a universal code, but also because of the rapidly increasing level of optimisation of the existing programme to other platforms. For instance, during the adaptation of a code written in C# to other platforms, in the very end, give you an opportunity to save up to 96% of the original product. Furthermore, that is not only the reduction of the amount of work, it is also the reduction of working hours, what in the very end may lead to a rapid decline in the final sume of services.

Secondly, we also have to highlight another important thing. This thing is the creation of the user interface with the usage of several pretty good technologies. For instance, the creation of the user interface is based on the implementation of the API references, which can match absolutely different resources. Due to this, while considering the comparison of Xamarin vs Android Studio, we may say, that these two platforms are 100% compatible.

Finally, that may be suitable to admit, that Xamarin is, without a doubt, a pretty useful and fruitful thing to operate with in case of the creation of your personal application. Besides, it may help you in the reduction of several pretty important errors and bugs, which are not rare during the usage of native or cross-border frameworks. However, let us admit, that, of course, Xamarin has also several pretty important drawbacks as well.

Xamarin vs native mobile development

Xamarin disadvantages

The key disadvantages of Xamarin are linked to the financial side of that issue. The key issue here is the fact, that this particular framework is not free and should be bought by the user from the programmers. However, the key drawback is not only the fact, of the need to buy the framework, but the price of it. For instance, the annual supporting fee equals approximately $999, what in the perspective may be almost $10.000. So, in case if you do not have an efficient financial foundation, it is not really good idea to start your project upon Xamarin.

Secondly, we also have to take into consideration the fact, that the usage of Xamarin may lead to the limited access to different vital libraries for the creation of an application upon that framework. Of course, iot does not mean, that the usage of Xamarin may lead to the problem in programming itself. Definitely, no, but there will be an opportunity to have a connection only with those libraries supported directly be Xamarin.

Lastly, it is also has to be noticed, that Xamarin suffers from the low community activity, what is actually not really good for developing framework. Despite of the fact, that the documentation within the application is created on a high professional level, the forums and communities, which are arranged within the web resources of that platform are not really active. As a result, it may lead to the declining activity of the whole programming community of Xamarin, and the dropping income rates, which are the main platform for the creation of the financial base of a framework.

Bottom line

Taking everything into consideration, while talking on the competition of Xamarin vs native approaches it is not really easy to make a proper conclusion because of the fact, that in that situation we have two absolutely different sides. On the one hand, we have a highly developed, universal and useful thing, that is able to satisfy almost all the tastes of the programmer or businessmen interested in the implementation of his or her application to different platforms, from Android to Blackberry. But on the other hand we face a problem of finances and the issue of the low activity within a community of users of that platform. But, there are several reasons to choose Xamarin as the core tool in the whole process of the creation of an application.

In case if we face an issue like “Xamarin or native what to choose?”, my strong recommendation will be to choose Xamarin. It is not only a highy rapidly developing technology with a great potential, it is also a reliable source with the usage of which you may be able to make your ideas real. Moreover, it is one of the best tools, which may help you to deal with bugs and errors within your app. So, I believe, that this platform worths to be chosen even in case if it is needed to have a pretty good financial resources. Finally, I would like to say, that I really hope, that this article became a proper foundation for your further research and may be really suitable for your future projects.

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