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An Introducton to Xamarin.Forms

March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Nothing beats Xamarin.Forms when it comes to quick cross-platform mobile development. The natively rendered XAML views, C# behind the scenes, and recent integration of Xamarin into Visual Studio makes it easier than ever for .NET developers to build mobile apps with close to zero platform-specific code. 

Following from last month’s meetup on an introduction to Xamarin, Chris Maier from West Monroe Partners will discuss core concepts in Xamarin.Forms and walk through how to build a basic app with the platform. Topics will include advantages (and disadvantages), layouts, and controls available in Xamarin.Forms. 

As usual, refreshments will be provided.


6:00 – 6:30:  Food, drinks, and networking 

6:30 – 8:00:  Presentation

8:00 – 8:30:  Networking


Chris is an Experienced Consultant in West Monroe’s Technology practice. The majority of his projects have been in the mobile space, spanning multiple industries. Chris has worked most extensively with Xamarin.iOS, but has also worked with Xamarin.Forms and Xamarin.Android.

Sponsors and Host

West Monroe Partners 

Thank you to West Monroe Partners for hosting this event and providing food and refreshments. West Monroe Partners opened their doors for business in 2002, the product of a small group of highly experienced business and technology experts from global consulting firms who came together with a vision for a different kind of firm. Today, they are a full-service consultancy with offices across North America and an exemplary reputation for top talent, responsive service, and practical, yet innovative solutions.


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Xamarin is a cross platform compilation framework which enables developers to write native applications for a variety of non-.NET platforms including iOS and Android using C# and .NET libraries.  

Xamarin consists of a mono framework for Android, iOS and OSX that includes C# wrappers for native API bindings, and a set of associated development tools. This allows developers to develop native iOS and Android apps in C# using the mono (.Net) framework. Xamarin currently supports all features of .Net 4.5.1, and all API’s in iOS 10.x and Android 7.x.

Xamarin is now included in Visual Studio 2015 and 2017, including the Community editions, which supports cross platform development and common code for Android, iOS, OSX, Windows RT and Windows UWP from a single code base. It is also included in Visual Studio for Mac and its own IDE for Mac, Xamarin Studio, which support cross platform development for Android, iOS and OSX apps from a single code base. It provides full support for PCLs, Shared Libraries, and Universal Apps.


March 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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West Monroe Partners
222 West Adams St. 11th floor
Chicago, IL 60606 us


Chicago .Net Mobile Developers