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Xamarin Live Player—Now Debug iOS Apps on a Windows Desktop

To debug an app, developers generally need to install various other programs which takes up a lot of time. Simply put, debugging an app is not a piece of cake. This holds especially true when it comes to debugging an iOS app on a Window’s desktop.

Now, Microsoft owned Xamarin’s new Live Player is all set to change that. On May 11, 2017, Windows announced the launch of Xamarin Live Player, an app that can be debug iOS apps without using Mac. It works simply by scanning a QR Code.

Also see how QR Codes are being used for security purposes.

Xamarin Live Player:

To debug an app using the Xamarin Live Player, all one needs to do is:

  1. Download an app on an Android or iOS smartphone
  2. Scan the QR Code on Live Player’s desktop app, using their mobile app
  3. Select the debug option

The app is then visible on the Xamarin Live Player app on the scanner’s mobile device where they can make the required changes.

Xamarin Live Player

Currently, the app allows only testing on a Windows desktop. To upload an iOS app to the App store, the developer would still require Xcode, which only runs on Mac.

In a statement released about the Xamarin Live Player app, Microsoft said,

“The easiest way to get started with Xamarin development. Explore and experiment with different APIs and see live feedback using Xamarin Live.”

This announcement follows the launch of Microsoft’s Visual Lead 2017, an iOS app that allows developers to create web and cloud apps using Xamarin and .NET core.

With the Xamarin Live Player, developers can pair Visual lead 2017 with the Live Player app by scanning a QR Code.

The process is simple:

  1. Create an app on Visual Lead 2017
  2. Scan the QR Code in the Visual Lead Studio using the Xamarin Live Player app
  3. View the changes made in the app instantly on the smartphone

Xamarin Live Player will soon be available for download on both App Store and Google Play Store. Also, the Xamarin extensions for Visual Lead 2017 have been made available since May 11, 2017.

Will the Xamarin Live Player make creating and testing apps easier for you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.




By Zara Rizwan

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