Getting Started

Key Introductory Guides to Mobile Development with Xamarin

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last updated: 2016-12

Learn to develop mobile applications from zero to deployment with these in-depth guides that will get you rolling.

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

Getting Started Series

Introduction to Mobile Development

Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes

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 Xamarin Studio

Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes

This document provides an overview of Xamarin Studio, the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) used to create iOS and Android applications, presenting the functionality that makes it an excellent tool for creating native mobile applications on the Xamarin platform.

Beginning A Xamarin Trial

Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes

Xamarin offers developers a free 30-day trial of the Enterprise Edition of all of our products. This guide covers the steps involved in activating a Xamarin trial in both Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio.

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.