How to improve your App without code? 3 Xamarin libraries

What is Xamarin?

For those of you who don’t know yet, Xamarin is an open source platform for building modern, best-performing apps for iOs, Android, and Windows with .NET.

We could define Xamarin as a layer that manages the communication between the shared code and the underlying platform code. This platform runs in a managed environment that will provide us with benefits such as memory allocation and / or garbage collection.

Why use Xamarin?

Its advantage is clear, Xamarin allows developers to share an average of 90% of the application between platforms. This will allow to write all business logic in a single language (or reuse existing application code), allowing us to achieve native performance and appearance on each platform.

This will allow our developers to write Xamarin applications on PC or Mac, and compile into native application packages, such as an .apk file on Android or .ipa on iOS.

3 libraries for Xamarin every developer should know

Xamarin Essentials 

Xamarin.Essentials is a library that provides cross-platform API for native device features. And like Xamarin itself, Xamarin Essentials is an abstraction that simplifies the process of accessing native functionality. Some examples of the functionality provided by Xamarin.Essentials are as follows:

  • Device Information
  • File System
  • Accelerometer
  • Telephone dialer
  • Text to speech
  • Screen lock

Similarly, Xamarin Essentials can provide us with relevant information for the development of our Apps. Such as checking the status of the network connection, Access to the file system, storing preferences, geolocation, etc.

Another interesting point about this library is that being an oficial Xamarin library, it allows the developer community to make changes to give access to more functionalities, making it a library that is always in continuous expansión and improvement.

In addition, it must be added that, despite offering many functions, it is prepared so that the final App only includes the code of those that are used, which contributes to making the final result of our App lighter. If you want to start using this library, you can follow this Getting Started Guide

InAppBilling

InAppBilling plugin grants access to App’s purchasing system for consumables and subscriptions, enabling creation and restoration.

A main barrier is the complex and distinct internal purchasing systems between Android and iOS Apps.

Understanding both systems is essential for registering purchases or subscription renewals within our application.

The main advantage of this plugin is its easy and simple integration into our App.

LottieXamarin

As defined on their official website, Lottie is a native iOS, Android, and React library that renders After Effects animations in real time, allowing applications to use animations just as easily as static images.

The famous accommodation company Airbnb developed the library known as Lottie. And as they well define on their website, its main function is to run Adobe After Effects animations in mobile applications.

LottieXamarin will allow us to use Lottie without having to carry out any additional development, significantly reducing our development time, and together with the LottieFiles portal. Which contains hundreds of thousands of ready-to-use animations, we can develop and have an App with fluid and elaborate animations in a matter of minutes.

These are the 3 top Xamarin libraries that every developer should know about, but you can find these and many more libraries in lists like this one, curated by Javier Suárez Ruiz, Xamarin.Forms Software Engineer at Microsoft.

Rubén Gómez Pérez – Software Developer at Itequia