Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director, Windows Platform MVP, Pluralsight trainer and Telerik MVP. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina. Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF at conferences including TechEd, TechDays, DevDays, NDC Oslo, SQL Server Saturday Switserland, Silverlight Roadshow in Sweden, Telerik RoadShow UK… Gill has written 2 books: “Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook” and Silverlight 5 Data and Services Cookbook and is author of many articles for magazines and websites. Gill also is the organizer of Techorama (www.techorama.be). You can find his blog at www.snowball.be.
Session: An introduction to cross-platform development with Xamarin
Cross platform development is what many business consider as the holy grail. There have been many attempts over the years and all have their flaws. One of the major problems is that many solutions require learning a new language and skillset, while that is often – if not always – the most valuable asset. With Xamarin, it becomes possible to re-use C# skills to build iOS and Android applications and on top of that, re-use much of the code base for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. In this introduction session, we will take a look at how we can build apps using C# which run on all platforms. We will also take a look at the different code-sharing strategies which we have available, including PCLs, shared code and more. With Xamarin, development can be done from Visual Studio as well as from Xamarin Studio; we’ll show the different options here as well. After this session, you’ll have a good overview of what Xamarin can help you with and also what are the different building blocks of the platform.