In order to use the EMDK for Xamarin, you must have the Xamarin Platform installed on your development system. When developing on Windows, you will need to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 or higher as your development environment. When developing on Mac you will need to use Xamarin Studio as your development environment. Xamarin Studio will be installed as part of the Xamarin Platform on Mac. Zebra does not provide licenses for Microsoft Visual Studio or licenses for Xamarin Platform. Further information on obtaining licenses or getting started with these products, can be found at the following sections.
Download and install the Visual Studio Extension(Windows) using the online extension gallery.
Download and install the Xamarin Studio Add-in(Mac) using the Add-in Manager.
NOTE: When multiple versions of the EMDK for Xamarin component are installed, all versions of the component will be visible in the Edit Components screen for your project.
A sample is included as part of the Xamarin Component package to help get you started. Click on the samples tab on the component details page to add it to your solution project.
One unique feature to EMDK for Xamarin is to control device behavior and configuration through the use of profiles. The EMDK Profile Manager lets you create profiles right from your IDE using a GUI interface for selecting the features and settings that your application wishes to use. Then in your application you would simply apply the profile when needed. This results in a simple approach and minimal lines of code required to accomplish tasks
Now that you have your environment setup and have an overview of the EMDK for Xamarin, let's walk through and build an application from scratch.