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Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android

Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android [Kindle Edition]

Mark Reynolds

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Technology trends come and go, but few have generated the excitement, momentum, or long-term impact that mobile computing has. Mobile computing impacts people’s lives at work and at home on a daily basis. Many companies and individual developers are looking to become a part of the movement but are unsure how to best utilize their existing skills and assets. The Xamarin suite of products provides new opportunities to those who already have a significant investment in C# development skills and .NET code bases, and would like to enter into this new, exciting world.

This example-oriented guide provides a practical approach to quickly learning the fundamentals of Android app development using C# and Xamarin.Android. It will lead the readers through building an Android app step-by-step with steadily increasing complexity.

This book begins with an overview of the Android and Xamarin platforms to provide you with a solid understanding of the environment you will be working in. You will then be gradually walked through building and testing an Android app using C# and the Xamarin.Android product. You will learn the basics of interacting with some of the more interesting aspects of Android devices including location services, the camera, and maps. You will also be given the opportunity to work with three different layout managers to gain an understanding of the various options available for arranging controls and content. The book ends with a discussion on the final steps involved in preparing apps for deployment to the various Android app stores.

In a relatively short period of time, developers familiar with C# and rich client technologies such as WPF and Silverlight will be effectively developing, testing, and delivering Android apps.


A step-by-step tutorial that follows the development of a simple Android app from end to end, through troubleshooting, and then distribution. The language used assumes a knowledge of basic C#.

Who this book is for

If you are a C# developer with a desire to develop Android apps and want to enhance your existing skill set, then this book is for you. It is assumed that you have a good working knowledge of C#, .NET, and object-oriented software development. Familiarity with rich client technologies such as WPF or Silverlight is also helpful, but not required.

About the Author

Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds is a software enthusiast who has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. He began his career with Electronic Data Systems, building and supporting systems for the manufacturing sector. Over the years, he has worked with companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 across a diverse set of industries including manufacturing, entertainment, financial services, government, and telecom. In 1993, Mark started a consulting practice focused on delivering training and mentoring services in the areas of software architecture, design, and implementation. With the rise of mobile computing, Mark has returned to what he loves the most, designing, developing, and delivering software solutions, now focusing in the mobile computing space. He continues his private consulting practice based in Allen, TX, where he also resides with his wife and son.

Mark works as an independent consultant through his own private consulting practice (RSEG) based in Allen, TX, a community located north of Dallas. You can find out more about the services he offers from his website,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6109 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (14 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HV6S0MG
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first step into the world of Xamarin.Android 28 April 2014
By Damir Arh - Published on
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I really liked how the book started out with an introduction to the Android platform and some technical insight into the architecture of Xamarin.Android and its integration with the platform. It gave me a nice foundation to build upon during the remainder of the book. The author decided to organize the chapters around a single application, building it from start to finish, while gradually incorporating new features. I found this approach engaging and easy to follow by building that same application while reading.

For a book targeting existing C# developers, it started a bit too slow in my opinion, spending too much time on the basics if IDE. Even though Xamarin Studio is being used, it is similar enough to Visual Studio and shouldn’t require much attention. Once that was out of the way, the chapters nicely focused on individual Android specifics, such as building the UI, handling the navigation and working with sensors. These subjects are what .NET developers really need to transition to the new platform and the book does a good job at it. The book concludes with some basics about application deployment; again very useful for those, not already familiar with the platform.

There were a couple of topics I missed in the book. In particular more information about testing the applications on actual devices and some guidance on how to best take advantage of existing resources for Java Android development when working in Xamarin. It would also be very useful to include some recommended development practices for reusing code between platforms and handling Android specifics.

Nevertheless the book is a great first step into the world of Xamarin.Android for a seasoned .NET C# developer with no previous development experience on Android. It’s definitely enough to get you started and makes it much easier to decide whether this is the right way to build Android applications or not. It certainly convinced me to use Xamarin.Android for my first Android application.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Xamarin Android development without the drama 26 Feb 2014
By Ed - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A quick paced, yet complete tutorial for learning to build Android applications using Xamarin and C#. The author uses a straight forward, conversational style, like someone sitting down with a peer and explaining a new concept yet not in any way condescending nor too chatty. He makes the subject seem natural and accessible. This is a great way to learn Android development!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning: No Chapter Links, and make just wet your appetite. 7 Mar 2014
By S. Veatch - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Other kindle tech books contain helpful links to the beginning of each chapter. For the PC viewer, these links are available in the contents tab of the black toolbar, usually on the left hand side of the page. These links make navigating through the book easier than always going back to the Table of Contents at the beginning of the book.

This book also seems rather short. I have owned this book for only 24 hours, and I am already 43% through it. I am not a speed reader, and I have been doing plenty of other things as well. The first third of the book is devoted to "Getting Started". The writing style is easy to read, and looks reasonable, but so far I haven't seen much depth, and make leave you wanting for more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 6 Mar 2014
By Garren - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My company had me look into Xamarin to do a quick evaluation. I primarily do Windows development and didn't want to lug around a second laptop, a macbook, in order to set up a iOS build box so I figured Android would be the way to go. I don't have any native Android development experience and know little about the platform so this book really helped me out.

The author walks you through the initial setup and quickly introduces you to the essentials necessary to walk through the demo app (Android manifest, layouts, Actions, Intents, etc.)

I picked up the Kindle version and the code formatting is great!
5.0 out of 5 stars good book for beginner into Xamarin.Android world 25 Jun 2014
By Billy Vo - Published on
the book is straight forward, pointing out its strength, weakness, and how to handle those weaknesses. it's easy to read with realistic/useful example; most importantly, it's in C#. :)
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