As I’m writing this , Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt is playing in the background
Goodbye my lover
Goodbye my friend
You have been the one
You have been the one for me
, and let me tell you why xamarin has been the one for me.
before 2016 , I was a student and I discovered Xamarin event way before it was named Xamarin , then I started using it using the student keys because it was paid ,
I remember a couple of my friends saying that It will always be paid for (i think at that time the pack costed 2000$) and I was just a student ,but i believed in the project .
I learned everything about it ,and since it’s using my favourite language c# , It was easy for me to work with and build a couple of applications .
I particiapted in a couple of local competitions in my city and I won a couple of awards thanks to xamarin .
When Microsoft bought Xamarin , it was my first year as a microsoft student partner , and I was completly happy that microsoft bought it .
I kept working with xamarin , netcore and with the power of the cloud , azure I built a couple of other application to friends and For freelance and most of the time for free
It was thanks to xamarin that I had my first job , where I was a net developper , and I build for the company a mobile application using xamarin.forms and it was published both to the app store and play store and they are still using it .
Now let’s see what MICROSOFT is planning for THE FUTURE
Under the Title “Build native apps for any device with .NET” and on the first day of build 2020 ,Microsoft announced the journey of single .Net where the goal is to have a framework
with all the tools that a developper neeed to create amazing apps/softwares for all the platforms .
The new platform is called: MAUI for .NET Multi-platform App UI .
What is Multi-platform App UI?
MAUI is essentially the next evolution of Xamarin.Forms. It is a framework that will allow us to create native user interfaces for desktop and mobile devices, and the most surprising thing about this is that it has a single code base and a single project. In other words, no more different heads for each mobile OS (iOS and Android)! Alongside MVVM, MAUI will also support The Elm Architecture popularly known as the MVU (Model View Update) design pattern. MVU encourages a code-first development experience that rapidly updates the UI.
What will happen to Xamarin.Native ?
The Native xamarin project (ios and android) will be moved to Net 6 platform and will be renamed tp Net for Ios and Net for Android .
what happens to Xamarin.Forms
Xamarin.forms will continue to receive updates and support only for 12 months after the release of MAUI (yeah ,bad news..) .
When will MAUI be available?
The first preview of .NET MAUI will be the first to take advantage of .NET 6 SDK features such as SDK style projects, build tools, and command line tools.
The roadmap share by Microsoft says that the Net MAUI will be available in November 2021,so yeah we will have to wait till that time .
Well , MAUI now is the feature , it’s Xamarin 2.0 for me ,and I bet the performance will be better ,and creating the UI will be easier than it used to be .
Check the real MAUI Repo on GitHub .