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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners guide
It helps to know something of using Xamarin before delving into this book, not to mention being aware that this book is intended to help develop cross platform apps with Xamarin tools.
Published 9 months ago by L. Sherwood

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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable primer...but that's all.
This book is a reasonable introduction to the topic but don't expect it to be the only book you'll need - It's pretty thin and doesn't cover much but should get you started.

The majority of the book covers getting a few fairly straightforward demo apps working on iOS, Android and Windows phone. The book seems to assume familiarity with the various platform SDKs...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable primer...but that's all., 17 May 2013
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This review is from: Mobile Development with C#: Building Native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Applications (Paperback)
This book is a reasonable introduction to the topic but don't expect it to be the only book you'll need - It's pretty thin and doesn't cover much but should get you started.

The majority of the book covers getting a few fairly straightforward demo apps working on iOS, Android and Windows phone. The book seems to assume familiarity with the various platform SDKs and UI toolkits so unless you know those already you're going to need to do some additional reading/research outside of what the book covers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners guide, 22 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Mobile Development with C#: Building Native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Applications (Paperback)
It helps to know something of using Xamarin before delving into this book, not to mention being aware that this book is intended to help develop cross platform apps with Xamarin tools.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only if you write code on a Mac, 11 Sep 2012
This review is from: Mobile Development with C#: Building Native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Applications (Paperback)
This book looked excellent. I downloaded the MonoDevelop environment as requested in the book. Despite its size in downloaded flawlesly and it looks good. But when I went to use it all that was there was the Android SDK. Checking the Xamarin (SDK producer) site it pointed out that MonoTouch (the product needed for iPad and iPhone development) is only available (even as a demo) for the Mac.

So if, like the vast majority of professional developers, you write your code on platforms other than the Mac, the SDK on which this entire book is based is not available to you. Therefore the book is of no interest to anybody but Mac developers.

Addendum - I notice some don't agree with my review. One simply commented "you plonker". Ah... the social skills of the IT professional.

Note... my point is very simple here..... to warn off the huge numbers of Windows-based devlopers who might think this book does what its title claims.

The book is called "Mobile Development with C#" . The use of C# cunningly implies that it is an SDK which can be used by those who develop on a Windows platform. If the book was entitled "Mobile Development with C# on the Mac", it would have been an honest description. If you develop on a Mac it may very well be ideal. It was certainly very readable. If you do not own a Mac this book is about as useful a development tool as a can of beans, but much dearer.

It is sad to see that a company like O'Reilly didn't simply add "on the Mac" to the end. Their reputation as a friend of the developer takes a bit of a kicking with this cynical title. It could not even be called "ambiguous"
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