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last updated: 2017-04

Learn to develop mobile applications from zero to deployment with these in-depth guides.

Before you begin, check out the system requirements and installation instructions to make sure everything's ready to go.

Build Your First App

To start coding straight away, choose a quick start guide to help build your first app:

Getting Started with Mobile Development

To learn more about how Xamarin works, and how to approach mobile app development projects, read the guides below:

Introduction to Mobile Development

This document explains how Xamarin works at a high-level and links through to the getting-started guides for iOS, Android, and Xamarin.Forms.

Introduction to the Mobile Software Development Lifecycle

This article discusses the software development lifecycle with respect to mobile applications, and discusses some of the considerations required when building mobile projects. For developers wishing to just jump right in and start building, this guide can be skipped and read later for a more complete understanding of mobile development.

Introducing Visual Studio for Mac

This document provides an overview of Visual Studio for Mac, the Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.