Xamarin University Mobile App Dev Training Program Launches
"Xamarin University gives you unlimited access to live, online classes led by mobile experts six days a week for an entire year for only $1,995," Costanich said in a blog post. "The classes are small—most of them are twelve students or less, and they're based on interactive labs so you get to learn and explore concepts by writing actual mobile apps. And each class is also recorded, so you can go back and brush up on concepts or re-run the labs anytime you want." Earlier this month, Xamarin partnered with platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider built.io to provide an end-to-end development platform for mobile app developers. The partnership gives developers a complete solution for end-to-end mobile development, while also making built.io available to Xamarin's developer community. "Enterprises typically have two choices for mobile development: established but cumbersome legacy platforms, or fast-to-launch but untried players that aren't built for enterprise needs," said Neha Sampat, CEO of built.io, in a statement. "Our partnership with Xamarin allows enterprises to get the best of both worlds: rapid mobile innovation on a platform that's proven in the enterprise." Driven by the demands of BYOD and the consumerization of IT, companies and developers are demanding and building mobile apps more than ever. Gartner predicts that by 2016, 70 percent of the mobile workforce will have a smartphone, half of which will be purchased by the employee, and 90 percent of enterprises will have two or more platforms to support.built.io takes care of all the back-end heavy lifting involved with building and deploying a mobile application—including servers, cloud infrastructure, database structure, push notifications and scaling—to dramatically cut mobile development time down from months to weeks. On the client side, Xamarin empowers developers to create fully native apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac from a single shared code base. Developers can now use Xamarin to build native mobile apps that leverage all of built.io's back-end services, expediting app development end-to-end. In addition, Xamarin developers can access built.io's suite of analytics tools to better understand how and where people are using their applications. "Companies today are looking for scalable ways to mobilize their business practices and customer interactions onto multiple platforms," said Jo Ann Buckner, vice president of product marketing at Xamarin. "Our collaboration with built.io will accelerate mobile app development for our community, while ensuring mobile apps have a solid and secure back end." built.io offers tiered pricing so users can choose a plan that fits their needs. Plans start with a free tier or a free trial that supports 5GB of storage, going up to $399 per month for plans supporting large-scale deployments and providing access to the platform's most advanced enterprise features. In addition, built.io offers enterprise-level support, including custom SLAs. The Xamarin integration is available at no additional cost.
"Mobile democratizes access to information, improves collaboration and enables new ways of working that were not possible before," said David Mario Smith, research director and lead analyst at Aragon Research. "The pace of mobile development will be crucial to capitalize on the use of mobile by employees and business partners."