Xamarin is a platform that allows developers to create applications for Android and iOS with a common C# code base, created by Microsoft in 2016. Xamarin developers can create apps that give the end user the behavior and design they expect by using their own user interfaces. They also have access to all native APIs, including platform-specific features such as iBeacons and Android Fragments.
There are two reasons why a Xamarin developer can dramatically speed up the development of your application:
Firstly, it is obvious that there is no need to develop two different applications from scratch. Instead, application logic can be coded only once for both iOS and Android. The next reason is that there are usually fewer bugs to fix. This is because there is less code with mostly a single language and Xamarin tools to aid testing. In addition, a Xamarin developer will have to write fewer tests with a single set of code. Quite important factors, wouldn't you agree?
This specialist should be multifunctional. Xamarin allows developers to use C# to create apps for Android, iOS, and Windows. Thus, when interviewing candidates, one of the main skills they should have is knowledge of the C# language. You can also filter out candidates by asking them about the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM). Cross-platform app development platforms are based on MVVM, a software design pattern, so all Xamarin developers should have a clear understanding of it. Xamarin provides extensive API and third-party library support. You can ask candidates about their previous projects to understand their level of knowledge in this area.
The ability to reuse code across different platforms will be a huge plus. As mentioned above, Xamarin allows creation of apps for Android and iOS platforms. Experienced Xamarin developers will easily describe how they reuse a set of code from one platform to another.
The average salary of a Xamarin developer in Belarus ranges from $650 to $4,500. But one should understand that the figure will depend on the experience and skills of the developer. In our experience, there were also cases when the client was ready to agree on the salary suggested by the candidate, if, of course, the latter was up to par.
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