• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Many Android developers may be coming into Xamarin.Android with an existing Java background. This course provides resources and examples to help you transition from Android development in Java to C#. You will also learn about advanced programming topics such as debugging and garbage collection.

Learning Objectives

Coming to Xamarin from Java

  • start the course
  • describe similarities and differences between Java and C#
  • describe the differences in naming conventions for similar structures
  • describe similarities and differences between Java and C# for object-oriented programming
  • identify the features of C# Lambda expressions
  • describe similarities and differences between Java and C# for events

Integrating with Java Code

  • describe methods to make use of existing Java components
  • invoke managed code from your Xamarin project
  • create a binding project to wrap a Java library
  • use Java code through the Java Native Interface
  • describe how to port code from Java to C#

Garbage Collection

  • describe the details of garbage collection in Xamarin
  • write code with an eye to efficient garbage collection


  • provide Android Debug Bridge or ADB support in your application
  • debug Xamarin applications in Visual Studio
  • utilize common troubleshooting techniques

Advanced Runtime Considerations

  • start the emulator from the command line
  • describe various Xamarin system properties
  • control the resulting size of your application package
  • control the behavior of the Linker
  • describe settings available in the AndroidManifest.xml file

Practice: Enable Debugging

  • enable support for debugging your application with Android Debug Bridge or ADB

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Software Development