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Apache Cordova vs Xamarin: What are the differences?

Apache Cordova: Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; Xamarin: Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#. Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Apache Cordova and Xamarin can be primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by Apache Cordova are:

  • Cross-platform (CLI) workflow
  • Platform-centered workflow
  • Hundreds of plugins

On the other hand, Xamarin provides the following key features:

  • Cross-platform development- Thinking about supporting iOS, Android, Mac and Windows? Xamarin allows you to write it all in C#.
  • Reuse existing code- Use your favorite .NET libraries in Xamarin apps. Easily use third-party native libraries and frameworks.
  • Discover as you type- Explore APIs as you type with code autocompletion.

"Lots of plugins" is the primary reason why developers consider Apache Cordova over the competitors, whereas "Power of c# on mobile devices" was stated as the key factor in picking Xamarin.

Apache Cordova is an open source tool with 762 GitHub stars and 327 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Cordova's open source repository on GitHub.

Die Coder GmbH, BetRocket, and Dial Once are some of the popular companies that use Apache Cordova, whereas Xamarin is used by Rdio, Olo, and Rumble. Apache Cordova has a broader approval, being mentioned in 96 company stacks & 45 developers stacks; compared to Xamarin, which is listed in 74 company stacks and 65 developer stacks.

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What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is Xamarin?

Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
    React Native
    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
    Electron
    With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.
    Ionic
    Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
    Flutter
    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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        Review ofXamarinXamarin

        I'm working in Huge company and I'm in charge to choose the cross-platform environment to develop Mobile application for all our services. I choose Xamarin but because the error i get everytime in Visual Studio, I want to leave it and recommand another solution. In fact that's why I'm here.

        Weird, Install VS2017 with Xamarin on a new PC Create a new app GOT ERRORS.....!!!!!

        Thank you for considering this

        How developers use Apache Cordova and Xamarin
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        Foundbite uses XamarinXamarin

        Xamarin enables us to develop for 3 platforms (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) with one core codebase coded in C#. Xamarin has allowed us to release an app on all three platforms and develop them simultaneously - not bad for a team of 2!

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        papaver uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        used in conjunction with ionic to build out ios and android app for a client. a little slow to run on devices but saves a ton on development time.

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        Ralic Lo uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Used Apache Cordova to package single page web application written HTML/CSS/javascript as a iOS/Android application.

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        Ana Phi Sancho uses XamarinXamarin

        Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later. Mac computer user.

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        MobiBoats uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Used with Ionic to support various plugins and integrations with the native environment of iOS and Android.

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        Robert Brown uses XamarinXamarin

        Build & ship OS X & iOS apps from Visual Studio on Windows. Requires paid team license.

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        Daniel Kovacs uses XamarinXamarin

        Mobile app development with PCL and Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.

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        João Alvarenga uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Compilar o webapp, transformando-o em aplicativos nativos

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        Olo uses XamarinXamarin

        Cross platform, white labelled native mobile apps

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        Evan Luc uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

        Cross platform mobile development framework.

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