Syncfusion recently hosted a joint webinar with Xamarin to
discuss the latest updates to Xamarin.Forms and Essential Studio for Xamarin.
We were thrilled to see such an enthusiastic turnout, and our only regret is
that we didn’t have time to answer all of the questions we received.
Fortunately, Xamarin’s James Montemagno and Syncfusion’s Chad Church were able
to take some time to address these questions, which we are happy to present
1. What OS
versions does Xamarin support on iOS and Android (iPhones, watches, tablets)?
With Xamarin you can build applications for all versions of
iOS and Android and target any of the supported platforms, including, but not
limited to, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Android phones and tablets,
Android Wear, Android TV, Amazon Fire devices, and more!
2. Is there
a separate IDE for Xamarin?
With Xamarin, you have two wonderful IDEs that you can use
to develop Xamarin iOS and Android applications. On the PC you have Visual
Studio and on Mac OS there is Xamarin Studio. Both IDEs have a free community
edition to start developing apps in.
3. Will the
code samples from this presentation be available for download?
Absolutely! Head over to my GitHub page for the full Weather
sample application: github.com/jamesmontemagno/MyWeather.Forms/tree/syncfusion
4. Where can
the Windows emulator for iOS be downloaded, and does it require a Mac OS
You can learn more about Xamarin’s iOS Simulator for Windows
on our documentation site. It is a separate install as it is currently in
preview. If you are developing on a Windows machine inside of Visual Studio to
design Storyboard files or deploy to any simulator or device, you will need to
have a Mac OS device configured and connected as a build host. You can learn
more about this requirement and setup on our documentation.
5. What is
the difference between the free and paid versions of Essential studio?
The Community license is Syncfusion’s free edition. The
intention is to lower the barrier so small companies and individual developers
can easily start using our controls. See question 8.
6. Does the
calendar support recurring events or must you expand them in the code behind?
The Syncfusion schedule control supports recurring events.
This is built-in support; you don’t have to do any extra work.
support do you provide for F# in the latest release?
We have full support for developing iOS and Android apps
with both C# and F# in both Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio. You can check out
our F# guides on our documentation site.
8. Can you
explain the Community License?
To learn if you qualify for Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio
community edition, see the License Terms.
To learn if you quality for the Syncfusion Community
License, visit our website.
9. Can I
deploy Android and iOS apps to the app store?
Absolutely! The apps that you develop are yours to deploy to
any public or private app store.