It’s been a long time since I have done a book review but I wanted to review Azure and Xamarin Forms: Cross Platform Mobile Development by Russell Fustino since I am personally interested in these two subjects.
If you are new to mobile development or cloud development, then this book is for you! Heck, why not try it out since Xamarin and Azure are the easiest way to do both! Russ takes you trough easy to understand exercises to get your feet wet with these technology stacks.
The mobile chapters & examples explain how to use Xamarin to create apps in iOS, Android and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) without the need for third-party controls. The Azure examples are even better by introducing the reader to Azure which includes deployment and even the Azure CLI. What I liked most is that Russ even tackles offline data caching, something I discuss in many of my conference sessions. This is something I see most development teams not thinking about early in the architecture phase.
The last chapter even walks you through how to delete all the artifacts created in Azure from the book examples! I’ve never seen that in a book before.
In summary, if you are about to start your first Xamarin app that is backed by cloud computing with Azure, then this book is for you!