It has been a while since my last blog post about Xamarin and I feel this is the time to write something more about it. Although I haven’t been working with Xamarin for some months, I will write here some questions people often asked me when I was full-time working with it:

Have you used any java library directly? How easy is it to use them?
First of all, let me say that Xamarin itself created a github account with many samples some of which have Android API wrappers for C# of popular java libraries (ex: ActionBarSherlock) which is worth checking out.

One of the requirements I had concerning the project was its feature of uploading files from the device to the server and I knew it wouldn’t be easy especially due to the Documents API introduced in Android 4.4.

In this post I’m gonna talk about Cordova and its integration with Visual Studio. For this I created a simple bootstrap project using Cordova, Ionic and Typescript for people that are starting this adventure like me.

What is Apache Cordova?

Cordova it’s a open source platform to develop mobile applications with Web Technologies (Javascript, Html5, CSS). It’s possible to install plugins to access the device native api. For example, if we want to access the camera, we just need to install the camera plugin.

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