var app = Xamarin * (C# + VisualStudio);

I am now installing Xamarin – some of the required software is listed below. I have heard a lot about this tool during the last year. It is now time to get a little more serious about mobile development. It seems like the perfect fit – being able to use Visual Studio and C# to develop and create mobile applications. I guess what really motivated me is the possibility of getting a free C# t-shirt for installing and running a Xamarin application. I have some ideas for a mobile application – I just don’t want to do another Hello Android or Hello iPhone application.

  • Java JDK 1.6.0
  • Android SDK 22.0.0
  • GTK# 2.12.22
  • Xamarin Studio 4.2.3
  • Xamarin.Android for Visual Studio and and Xamarin Studio 4.12.1
  • Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio 1.10.47

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There is a lot of potential when you combine the power of .NET/C# and Visual Studio along with a tool like Xamarin. Like anything good, it comes with a price. The Xamarin edition that supports Visual Studio costs $999 per year. Better build and sell some apps to make this worth it. There is a free version of Xamarin. But it appears that you might be limited to application size. So, be prepared to pony up some cash if you want to use Visual Studio with Xamarin.

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