Considering the soaring demand for enterprise mobile app development services in the market today, having a skilled in-house development team comprised of experienced .NET/C# specialists is crucial for developing high-quality cross-platform mobile apps as well as IoT experiences. Moreover, the industry has Xamarin to thank for it, at least to some extent. Xamarin enables developers to develop iOS, Windows, and Android apps with native user interfaces as well as shared code across a variety of platforms. Xamarin also presents a low barrier to entry for experienced C# developers since a shared C# codebase underpins it.
But, being adept at C# isn't enough to use Xamarin; developers must also be skilled in both Microsoft's technologies as well as native mobile platforms. Microsoft developers must extra training along with first-hand practice to become understand the distinctions between building software in a conventional computing realm and developing a perfect mobile experience.
Here are some tips to empower your team of Microsoft developers with the understanding and practical knowledge requisite for becoming proficient in Xamarin and building high-quality mobile apps.
1. Constant learning: To remain competitive, developers must stay abreast with the latest in the industry; this includes advancements in hardware ecosystems and new programming languages. Both Microsoft and Xamarin offer ready-made resources aimed at helping developers improve their skills.
2. Join Xamarin communities: There is no denying that the resources offered by Microsoft and Xamarin are terrific, but it is also essential for developers to engage with their peers in development communities. It will allow them to not only share ideas but also familiarize themselves with new tricks and receive valuable input for any challenges they might be facing with their project.
3. Examine the differences between mobile and desktop apps: There is a world of difference between mobile and web app. It means that developers must take out time to not only understand these differences but also how they affect the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) as well as apps' performance.
4. Understand code standards: When developers set out to learn Xamarin, they also end up learning more about the features as well as code standards of C#. But, it is advisable to examine all C#'s language features in detail before initiating a production project.
5. Pick the right IDE: One of the most significant factors while learning Xamarin is development environment instead of the code. What this means is that if you don't want to add to the development time, it is imperative that developers must first choose the right integrated development environment (IDE) for their development project. Additionally, they must also take the time to learn its strengths as well as shortcuts to ensure efficiency and productivity.
Let's be clear: there is no shortcut to the art of creating superior mobile apps. Moreover, for any Microsoft developer to become a successful Xamarin developer, they must understand the core areas where they need the first-hand experience and strive to get some perspective that is singular to the mobile app market.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. This blog will help Microsoft developers in becoming Xamarin experts.