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As a new mobile developer in the early days of mobile development, James Montemagno was given two months to build a cross-platform app for remote DVR management. Luckily, he discovered the Mono Runtime and was able to hit his aggressive target because IT JUST WORKED. Today he helps the mobile development community successfully build and launch native cross-platform applications using Xamarin.

James Montemagno is a Developer Evangelist at Xamarin and Microsoft MVP. He has been a .NET developer for over a decade working in a wide range of industries. Before joining Xamarin, he was a professional mobile developer. James has now been developing with the Xamarin platform for over 4 years.


Key Takeaways

  • Use technology that JUST WORKS
  • Work with technology and on problems you are passionate about
  • Yesterday was the best day to get into mobile development
  • Today is currently the best day to get into mobile development
  • Every day is the best day to get into mobile development, the landscape is constantly improving
  • Cross-platform mobile development is a reality
  • We are at a peak in mobile development – just hit 1-1.2 million apps in app stores
  • A new app is released to iOS App Store every 3 minutes
  • TV is still a big untapped market that no one has cracked
  • Cross-platform development is about deploying the best user experience for the right type of device
  • Augmented reality is the future – from entertainment to virtual travel to field work

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