Interested in building cross-platform apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8?  Xamarin is a useful platform that allows you to write native iOS and Android apps from Visual Studio using C#.

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So how do you get started?  First, download Xamarin Studio at http://xamarin.com.

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Now you’re ready to start using Xamarin Studio!

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There’s just one more thing to get started with building an iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 application: make sure you have Visual Studio 2012 and the Project Linker extension, a free tool to automatically create and maintain links from a source project to a target project.

Xamarin provides a helpful guide to set up your Visual Studio project to create a cross-platform application with a shared code base and shared tests here.  Once you’re set up, you can work with application-specific code in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8!

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