Hire Xamarin Developers
Whether playing games, shopping online, or performing tasks like bank transfers or paying utility bills, mobile apps seem to be the way to go. With 218 billion mobile app downloads worldwide in the pandemic year of 2020, it looks like mobile apps are here to stay. And it’s not like people are just playing games; the mobile app revenue worldwide in 2019 was USD 463 billion! Other than games, various tools, communication, travel, entertainment, etc., are some of the most popular mobile app categories across the various players. Hence, the 3.5 billion smartphone users across the world are a huge market that every business wants to tap into.
To reach out to smartphone users, they need mobile apps, and this is where mobile app developers come in. Predominantly, the mobile app development happens for the two major mobile platforms of iOS from Apple Inc. and Android from Google. The apps developed are then uploaded to the respective app store for the users to download from.
The app development happens using specific SDKs and, the iOS apps will run on their devices and the Android apps only on devices running Android. For businesses wanting to reach out to the masses, this was an issue irrespective of their devices and mobile platforms. Thus, mobile app development started going through a transformative phase of exploration, one where app developers could develop once and make sure that it runs across all platforms. Depending on the business needs, the most suitable mobile app development strategy would be used, either native or cross-platform. But the very need gave rise to the evolution of few cross-platform mobile app development platforms like Xamarin.
What is Xamarin?
Like many other popular platforms or tools that abound, Xamarin is an open-source, cross-platform mobile app development platform. It is easy to build user-friendly, performant mobile apps using this platform. It is based on Microsoft technology and allows app developers to build modern mobile applications across iOS, Android, and Windows with .NET. A considerable advantage of using Xamarin to build mobile apps is that it allows sharing an average of 90% of applications across platforms. And yet, on devices, these apps provide a native look and feel as if written for that platform.
Xamarin was founded on May 16, 2011 but was acquired by Microsoft in 2016. Microsoft made the Xamarin SDK open source. Thus, it soon became a popular cross-platform mobile app development tool.
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What do Xamarin developers do?
Xamarin developers need to write code for mobile apps using C#, and this gets compiled into respective native application packages like .apk for Android and .ipa for iOS. C# language is part of the Microsoft .Net framework and is a powerful, mature, and secure language. Xamarin uses C# language along with native libraries, so while the business logic, database access, and network communication are shared across platforms, UI gives a native look and feel. This means that the user experience, which is one of the prime factors for mobile apps, is satisfactory, while app performance does not suffer in any way.
Features of Xamarin
The platform’s two major products, Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS are designed in such a way to have platform-specific architecture. Thus, iOS code gets compiled directly into native ARM assembly code (Ahead-of-Time compilation). Android, though, first gets compiled to Intermediate Language and then into native assembly code at runtime (Just-in-Time compilation).
Xamarin developers also have access to underlying SDKs, can directly invoke Objective-C, Java, C, and C++ Interop, use the .Net Base Class Library (BCL), and work in a modern IDE of Visual Studio. They also can use products like Xamarin.Forms to create prototypes that allow 100% sharing of code across platforms. Xamarin developers can use Xamarin.Mac to build apps for Mac OS and even write code with wearables support. They also have access to Xamarin.Essentials, which is a library of cross-platform APIs which help code for a lot of functionalities.
It is also easy to learn, especially if you have a programming background; if you have C# experience, then it is well and good. There are self-guided tutorials, videos, and a thriving community to help Xamarin developers deliver the best. The community boasts of contributions from more than 3700 companies, with a Xamarin Universal Library filled with plentiful resources. In addition, blogs, YouTube Channels, GitHub repositories, etc., make up for few other resources that Xamarin developers have access to. These resources collectively provide free inputs, questions to answers, solutions to often encountered problems, and more, ensuring a hassle-free development experience.
Be it healthcare, gaming, hardcore technology, manufacturing, or hospitality; you will see Xamarin apps across all possible industries. The multi-domain functionalities of Xamarin apps open up limitless possibilities for Xamarin developers. The Xamarin customer showcase page boasts names like The Postage, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, UPS, Alaska Airlines, Allscripts, HCL, Microsoft News, American Cancer Society, and more. The varied customer list across different industry categories, ranging from startups to established industry leaders, tells a success story. Xamarin based apps are found even in Government, Defense and Intelligence, and Banking, some of those so-called sensitive and secure categories. This indicates the capability of Xamarin as a powerful mobile app development platform.
Requirements - hard skills
- Proficient in the design and development of cross-platform mobile apps using the Xamarin platform.
- Extensive experience in mobile app development, design patterns, UI/UX, and app store submission.
- Excellent knowledge and experience in C# and memory management.
- Experience working with native Android, iOS, Windows mobile app development is a plus.
- Knowledge of/experience working in Xamarin. Forms or a Xamarin certification is a significant advantage.
- Experience in suggesting and implementing manual as well as automated testing for mobile apps.
- A good understanding of the database programming concepts.
- Exposure to integration with REST APIs and web services.
- A good understanding of mobile security and vulnerability testing is appreciated.
- A fast self-learner who likes to keep abreast of the various emerging technologies, especially mobile app development.
- Ability to envision the apps across multiple platforms/devices, preempt the possible issues and ensure excellent user experience.
- Ownership of module/tasks/project as assigned with timely status reporting and escalation of issues, if any.
- A seasoned team player, able to collaborate with multiple team members and stakeholders to ensure timely deliveries.
- Help inculcate a culture of mobile app development best practices within the organization/
- Ability to work and deliver independently, if required.
Xamarin developers are a prized asset as they save time and money through their skills. Their ability to understand the business needs and create cross-platform mobile apps, help the brands to connect easily with all kinds of mobile users. Junior Xamarin developers may help develop moderate to complex mobile apps with complete ownership of testing as well. The senior Xamarin developers are expected to have a complete understanding of the mobile app ecosystem.
They would have to own the app, including the Playstore app upload and diagnosis of complex issues, support new business initiatives, etc. They should also guide and mentor the junior Xamarin developers on various aspects. Most mobile apps need constant updates based on app performance and user feedback. This will also be a part of the senior Xamarin developer’s portfolio.
- Complete ownership of the assigned tasks with focus on consistent, quality delivery.
- Mentoring junior members and ensuring team spirit through collaborative task completion.
- Multiple stakeholder management with timely reporting and escalation of issues.
- Proactive approach to problem solving, coming out with innovative solutions through brainstorming if required.
- Belief in the product vision, and active participation in the discussions around product roadmap.
- Keeping a tab of the market dynamics and the app performance trends.
Xamarin based cross-platform mobile app development is a popular and much sought-after skill currently. This is clearly seen in the salary structures of Xamarin developers across the past few years. More and more businesses realize that it is better to code once using a platform like Xamarin, rather than spend time and money creating separate native apps.
This has driven the market demand for Xamarin developers, especially those with multiple skill sets that help them think through and multi-task. Whether freelance remote developers, or full-time employees for your project, Xamarin developers aren’t so easy to find. A multi-pronged approach to hiring Xamarin developers is a must to find the best talent out there. We at Skuad can help you hire the best Xamarin developer talent in the industry, tailored to meet your requirements.
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