Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android

Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android

by Mark Reynolds
     
 

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In Detail

Technology trends come and go, but few have generated the excitement, momentum, or long-term impact that mobile computing has. Mobile computing impacts people’s lives at work and at home on a daily basis. Many companies and individual developers are looking to become a part of the movement but are unsure how to best utilize their existing

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In Detail

Technology trends come and go, but few have generated the excitement, momentum, or long-term impact that mobile computing has. Mobile computing impacts people’s lives at work and at home on a daily basis. Many companies and individual developers are looking to become a part of the movement but are unsure how to best utilize their existing skills and assets. The Xamarin suite of products provides new opportunities to those who already have a significant investment in C# development skills and .NET code bases, and would like to enter into this new, exciting world.

This example-oriented guide provides a practical approach to quickly learning the fundamentals of Android app development using C# and Xamarin.Android. It will lead the readers through building an Android app step-by-step with steadily increasing complexity.

This book begins with an overview of the Android and Xamarin platforms to provide you with a solid understanding of the environment you will be working in. You will then be gradually walked through building and testing an Android app using C# and the Xamarin.Android product. You will learn the basics of interacting with some of the more interesting aspects of Android devices including location services, the camera, and maps. You will also be given the opportunity to work with three different layout managers to gain an understanding of the various options available for arranging controls and content. The book ends with a discussion on the final steps involved in preparing apps for deployment to the various Android app stores.

In a relatively short period of time, developers familiar with C# and rich client technologies such as WPF and Silverlight will be effectively developing, testing, and delivering Android apps.

Approach

A step-by-step tutorial that follows the development of a simple Android app from end to end, through troubleshooting, and then distribution. The language used assumes a knowledge of basic C#.

Who this book is for

If you are a C# developer with a desire to develop Android apps and want to enhance your existing skill set, then this book is for you. It is assumed that you have a good working knowledge of C#, .NET, and object-oriented software development. Familiarity with rich client technologies such as WPF or Silverlight is also helpful, but not required.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783559176
Publisher:
Packt Publishing
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Reynolds is software enthusiast and has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. He began his career with Electronic Data Systems, building and supporting systems for the manufacturing sector. Over the years, he has worked with companies that range in size from start-ups to Fortune 100, across a diverse set of industries including manufacturing, entertainment, financial services, government, and telecom. In 1993, Mark started a consulting practice that focused on delivering training and mentoring services in the areas of software architecture, design, and implementation. With the rise of mobile computing, Mark has returned to what he loves most—designing, developing, and delivering software solutions, focusing on the mobile computing space. He continues his private consulting practice based in Allen, TX, where he also resides with his wife and son.

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