Xamarin Expands Free Program for Student Developers

Xamarin, a mobile development platform for building, testing and monitoring applications on multiple operating systems, has expanded its Xamarin for Students program and joined the Microsoft Imagine program for student developers.

The Xamarin for Students program is free of charge and open to any student currently enrolled in a diploma or degree-granting course. It lets students use Visual Studio to build and publish native iOS, Android and Windows apps using a shared C# codebase. Students can use Xamarin to learn the C# and F# programming languages and develop skills for working with existing .NET applications.

With this announcement, Xamarin for Students has added support for building, deploying and debugging iOS and Android apps from both Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio, as well as access to Xamarin.Forms to build native user interfaces for iOS, Android and Windows using C# or declarative XAML markup.

As part of the Microsoft Imagine program, Xamarin for Students is now available through the DreamSpark software catalog.

The company also offers a Xamarin for Educators program that includes Xamarin subscriptions, teaching materials and complimentary Xamarin Test Cloud hours. The program is open to instructors currently teaching courses related to mobile development.

Further information about the Xamarin for Students and Xamarin for Educators can be found on the company's site.

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