It was 2019 when the launch of .NET 5 was announced at the annual event for developers (Microsoft Build). At the same time, it was announced that all platforms would be integrated into one. This integration included Xamarin as part of the .NET platform, something expected since Microsoft had acquired the framework. This also implied the appearance of a new Framework within .NET known as “MAUI” (Multi-platform App User Interface) as a replacement for the well-known Xamarin Forms.
Unfortunately, the epidemic of the year 2020 caused this integration to be delayed to be included in the launch of .NET 6 scheduled for November 2021. So what happened to Xamarin in 2020? Xamarin Forms 5.0. To understand the impact of this new version, I prepared a list of new features and improvements:
Other features that were announced alongside Xamarin Forms 5 that may be relevant are:
As we can see, Xamarin Forms 5 brought us many new features but none of them are impressive. It is understandable as work is underway on integration with .NET and the release of MAUI. This makes us ask the question: is Xamarin Forms 5 worth it or is it better to wait for MAUI? We will be analyzing this in the next posts.