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Visual Studio App Center vs Xamarin: What are the differences?

Visual Studio App Center: Continuous everything – Build, Tes, Deploy, Engage, Repeat. Automate the lifecycle of your iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS apps. Connect your repo and within minutes build in the cloud, test on thousands of real devices, distribute to beta testers and app stores, and monitor real-world usage with crash and analytics data. All in one place; 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.

Visual Studio App Center belongs to "Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while Xamarin can be primarily classified under "Cross-Platform Mobile Development".

Some of the features offered by Visual Studio App Center are:

  • Build
  • Test
  • Distribute

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.

Olo, Crowdkeep, and GoFormz are some of the popular companies that use Xamarin, whereas Visual Studio App Center is used by Partipost, Lykon GmbH, and BeachBody. Xamarin has a broader approval, being mentioned in 105 company stacks & 432 developers stacks; compared to Visual Studio App Center, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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Pros of Visual Studio App Center
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    Show error issues for mobile devices
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    Slack integration
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    Bug tracking integration
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    For Mobile apps diagnostics and tracking
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    Power of c# on mobile devices
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    Native performance
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    Native apps with native ui controls
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    No javascript - truely compiled code
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    Sharing more than 90% of code over all platforms
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    Ability to leverage visual studio
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    Many great c# libraries
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    Mvvm pattern
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    Amazing support
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    Powerful platform for .net developers
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    GUI Native look and Feel
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    Nuget package manager
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    Free
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    Backed by Microsoft
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    Enables code reuse on server
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    Faster Development
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    Easy Debug and Trace
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    Use of third-party .NET libraries
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    It's free since Apr 2016
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    Best performance than other cross-platform
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    Open Source
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    Mac IDE (Xamarin Studio)
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    Xamarin.forms is the best, it's amazing
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    Power of C#, no javascript, visual studio
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    C# mult paradigm language
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    Compatible to develop Hybrid apps
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    Microsoft backed
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    Microsoft stack
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    Great docs
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    That just work for every scenario
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    Well Designed
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    Small learning curve for Mobile developers
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    Ability to leverage legacy C and C++
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    Ionic

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Cons of Visual Studio App Center
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      Build times
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      Visual Studio
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      Complexity
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      Scalability
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      Price
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      Nuget
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      Maturity
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      Build Tools
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      Support
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    What is Visual Studio App Center?

    Automate the lifecycle of your iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS apps. Connect your repo and within minutes build in the cloud, test on thousands of real devices, distribute to beta testers and app stores, and monitor real-world usage with crash and analytics data. All in one place.

    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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    What are some alternatives to Visual Studio App Center and Xamarin?
    Azure DevOps
    Azure DevOps provides unlimited private Git hosting, cloud build for continuous integration, agile planning, and release management for continuous delivery to the cloud and on-premises. Includes broad IDE support.
    HockeyApp
    HockeyApp is the best way to collect live crash reports, get feedback from your users, distribute your betas, and analyze your test coverage.
    Firebase
    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
    Appium
    Appium is an open source test automation framework for use with native, hybrid, and mobile web apps. It drives iOS and Android apps using the WebDriver protocol. Appium is sponsored by Sauce Labs and a thriving community of open source developers.
    Xamarin Test Cloud
    Run your app on our huge (and growing) collection of real devices from around the world. Select devices based on form factor, manufacturer, operating system, or even popularity in your target market. We’re adding over 100 devices every month, and if there’s a specific device you need, we’re taking requests.
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