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An Introduction to Xamarin

April 19 @ 5:45 pm

Xamarin is a cross platform compilation framework which enables developers to write native applications for a variety of non-.NET platforms including iOS, Android, and Mac, using C# and the power of the .NET framework. Last year Xamarin was acquired by Microsoft and made totally free and open source. It is included in all editions of Visual Studio 2015 & 2017, including the free community editions, and in Visual Studio for Mac.

In this talk, David Allen from BlueMetal, will discuss how developers can create native apps for iOS, Android and Windows UWP, using C# and a single code repository and achieve significant code reuse across the platforms. He will dispel the many myths around Xamarin by explaining how it works at a technical level and explain how the apps you create with Xamarin are no different than those you create with Objective-C / Swift and Java. Come and hear why Xamarin represents the future of native mobile development.

David Allen is the Mobile Practice Director for Blue Metals Chicago Office. Originally educated as a Theoretical Physicist, he has been architecting complex systems and developing software for over 30 years, and now concentrates on mobile development using Xamarin, which he has been using since the MonoTouch and MonoDroid days. David is the main organizer of the Chicago .Net Mobile Developers Group, the third largest Xamarin focused user group in the US. He and his wife are owned by Kimmie, a rescue Greyhound who graciously allows him to go to work and attend technology events, so he can buy her more treats. 

While there will be light refreshments available, feel free to “brown bag” it and bring in food from the outside to eat during the social hour.

5:45 pm (Social Hour, light refreshments)
6:30 pm Presentation

Admission: Free, General Admission, open to the public


April 19
5:45 pm
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Chicago, IL 60611 us


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