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Xamarin's goal: To be the leading development platform in the world

Simon Bisson | Aug. 22, 2014
An new round of US$54 million will fund new tooling and an international expansion.

That rapid support has included tooling for Amazon's FireOS, Android Wear, and Google Glass, as well as integration with Apple's new Swift programming language. "We're mostly focused on user interfaces, as they can take a lot of forms. In all cases supporting the native UI metaphors is an advantage for Xamarin." Friedman anticipates many more form factors in the future, beyond the familiar phone, tablet and watch.

Certainly many of Xamarin's new features have gone down well. Friedman is very happy with Xamarin 3's reception, especially with its new Forms tools. Talking about user acceptance, he noted, "We were extremely surprised, it's been much more than we expected. The Xamarin Forms forums are now our busiest, and there's been substantial interest. We thought it would be a useful tool for a few screens in an app, but customers want to do more."

That's led to the recent hire of author Charles Petzold, who's writing a book on Xamarin Forms for the company. Friedman expects more developments there in the near future.

"We built a user extensible way of working, and recently added a community effort to explore it in Xamarin Forms Labs." That community has added more than 20 new controls for all three supported platforms. "We want to see more of that," Friedman says, "We want to see controls and components from the major vendors. We're talking to the right people."

 

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