March 2014 Meeting Announcement

I Only Want to Write My App Once: Using Xamarin to Build Multi-Platform Mobile Apps

OK, you have decided to write your first mobile application. First question, which platform are you going to target? This is a question that pops up in every developer’s head when they decide to enter the mobile space and with that space being as divided as it is, the answer is never clear-cut. Once you make that decision you potentially have cut off access to other marketplaces.

In this talk, I will show you how you can create one application that deploys across the three major mobile platforms – iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. To do this we will turn to Xamarin. Xamarin allows you to create a .NET backend for use with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android front ends. We’ll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this tool. When we’re done, you’ll know how to create a fully featured, standards-compliant, store-accepted app without the headache of maintaining three redundant codebases.

You have no excuse now not to get started creating the next great mobile app.

Speaker
Jerrel Blankenship

Jerrel is a software craftsman specializing in Microsoft technologies. He’s developed .NET projects spanning from traditional desktop to web and mobile apps. He’s a big proponent of agile development and spends his time working with and teaching developers who want to learn to build software more effectively. He’s literally written the the book about agile .NET development (Pro Agile .NET Development with SCRUM, Apress, 2011). When he’s not being a developer he invests his time and energy into his family, fishing, chess, Cleveland sports teams and gaming. You can read Jerrel’s ramblings at www.jerrelblankenship.com.

Pizza/Geek Dinner
Pizza will be provided as a snack during the meeting. For anyone interested in continuing the discussion a Geek Dinner will be held immediately after the meeting (Location – Logan’s Irish Pub).

When
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday March 25, 2014

Where
Marathon Petroleum Company – Findlay, OH
Room 107M