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UIkIt vs Xamarin: What are the differences?

What is UIkIt? A lightweight and modular front-end framework for developing fast and powerful web interfaces. UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.

What is Xamarin? Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#. Xamarin鈥檚 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鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

UIkIt and Xamarin are primarily classified as "Front-End Frameworks" and "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by UIkIt are:

  • LESS - UIkit is developed in LESS to write well-structured, extendable code which is easy to maintain.
  • Components - A collection of small, responsive components using consistent and conflict-free naming conventions.
  • Customizer - UIkit's very basic style can be extended with themes and is easy to customize to create your own look.

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.

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

UIkIt is an open source tool with 14.6K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to UIkIt's open source repository on GitHub.

Rdio, Olo, and Rumble are some of the popular companies that use Xamarin, whereas UIkIt is used by Dyn, AskNicely, and Nedwave. Xamarin has a broader approval, being mentioned in 74 company stacks & 65 developers stacks; compared to UIkIt, which is listed in 45 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

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What is UIkIt?

UIkit gives you a comprehensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components which is simple to use, easy to customize and extendable.

What is Xamarin?

Xamarin鈥檚 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鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
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      Decisions about UIkIt and Xamarin
      Greg Neumann
      Greg Neumann
      Indie, Solo, Developer | 6 upvotes 72.1K views
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      Vue.js
      Vue.js
      Electron
      Electron
      Quasar Framework
      Quasar Framework
      ASP.NET
      ASP.NET
      Xamarin Forms
      Xamarin Forms
      .NET Core
      .NET Core
      Xamarin
      Xamarin

      Finding the most effective dev stack for a solo developer. Over the past year, I've been looking at many tech stacks that would be 'best' for me, as a solo, indie, developer to deliver a desktop app (Windows & Mac) plus mobile - iOS mainly. Initially, Xamarin started to stand-out. Using .NET Core as the run-time, Xamarin as the native API provider and Xamarin Forms for the UI seemed to solve all issues. But, the cracks soon started to appear. Xamarin Forms is mobile only; the Windows incarnation is different. There is no Mac UI solution (you have to code it natively in Mac OS Storyboard. I was also worried how Xamarin Forms , if I was to use it, was going to cope, in future, with Apple's new SwiftUI and Google's new Fuchsia.

      This plethora of techs for the UI-layer made me reach for the safer waters of using Web-techs for the UI. Lovely! Consistency everywhere (well, mostly). But that consistency evaporates when platform issues are addressed. There are so many web frameworks!

      But, I made a simple decision. It's just me...I am clever, but there is no army of coders here. And I have big plans for a business app. How could just 1 developer go-on to deploy a decent app to Windows, iPhone, iPad & Mac OS? I remembered earlier days when I've used Microsoft's ASP.NET to scaffold - generate - loads of Code for a web-app that I needed for several charities that I worked with. What 'generators' exist that do a lot of the platform-specific rubbish, allow the necessary customisation of such platform integration and provide a decent UI?

      I've placed my colours to the Quasar Framework mast. Oh dear, that means Electron desktop apps doesn't it? Well, Ive had enough of loads of Developers saying that "the menus won't look native" or "it uses too much RAM" and so on. I've been using non-native UI-wrapped apps for ages - the date picker in Outlook on iOS is way better than the native date-picker and I'd been using it for years without getting hot under the collar about it. Developers do get so hung-up on things that busy Users hardly notice; don't you think?. As to the RAM usage issue; that's a bit true. But Users only really notice when an app uses so much RAM that the machine starts to page-out. Electron contributes towards that horizon but does not cause it. My Users will be business-users after all. Somewhat decent machines.

      Looking forward to all that lovely Vue.js around my TypeScript and all those really, really, b e a u t I f u l UI controls of Quasar Framework . Still not sure that 1 dev can deliver all that... but I'm up for trying...

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      Reviews of UIkIt and Xamarin
      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 UIkIt and Xamarin
      Avatar of Giovanni Candido da Silva
      Giovanni Candido da Silva uses UIkItUIkIt

      Provides common user interface like dialogs, menus, etc. Is modular and hight customisable. A part from the grid system, is not used directly, but has as layer of abstraction build with web components, and typescript as far as possible with the time and working constraints, to be reused in other projects.

      Avatar of AskNicely
      AskNicely uses UIkItUIkIt

      UI Kit provides so many great features out of the box. It provides all the tools to build a rich interface with very little configuration. Many of the modules are well documented and are relevant to the common trends we are seeing on websites today.

      Avatar of Foundbite
      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!

      Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
      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.

      Avatar of Robert Brown
      Robert Brown uses XamarinXamarin

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

      Avatar of Daniel Kovacs
      Daniel Kovacs uses XamarinXamarin

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

      Avatar of Olo
      Olo uses XamarinXamarin

      Cross platform, white labelled native mobile apps

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