First there was Flex
Once upon a time I discovered Adobe Flex, and toyed with the idea of building mobile apps with a single code base and have the ability to publish it to iOS and Android. It was all going great until I tried hooking up web services and databases which was inefficient and very challenging.
I wasn’t giving up but then Adobe Flex became Apache Flex and all of a sudden all the Flex developers I knew were abandoning ship in favor of HTML 5 and/or native mobile development.
So back to square one.
The PhoneGaps of the World
Landed on Xamarin and Mono
The journey has brought Xamarin to my attention, and at the moment I am discovering its capabilities during the 30-day trial.
Xamarin uses Mono, the open source implementation of the .NET framework and allows you to write code in C# and uses wrappers for Android and iOS so you can use C# to invoke the other frameworks in a very convenient way.
You also have the option of using a standalone IDE, or using a Visual Studio plug-in.
The premise and the promise are pretty ambitious, plus it’s not a cheap option, especially if your business is not making money.
I would love to hear about your journey, and also about your experience with Xamarin. Please drop us a note on Twitter @inerdtia or directly to me @alejandrormz, and feel free to comment here.
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