What we learned from using Xamarin.Forms

According to Xamarin using Xamarin.Forms can increase code-reuse for Android, iOS and Windows from 70% to 90%. 

Cons:

  • Number of available controls is still limited. Some supported controls are missing critical properties. For example, Picker is missing bindable.
  • Some XAML features are missing while others are implemented differently.
  • Documentation is often insufficient, sometimes limited to a list of properties and method signatures.

Pros:

  • Missing controls can sometimes be substituted with third-party plugins.
  • XAML allows specifying platform specific layouts with OnPlatform and OnIdiom.
  • Elegant publisher-subscriber implementation allows loose coupling between platform specific and shared code.

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