Xamarin, the new standard for enterprise cross-platform mobile application development, announced Xamarin University today. Xamarin University provides a groundbreaking approach to developer training, not just in the mobile space but in the development industry as a whole. With Xamarin University, developers receive a year of unlimited access to live, online expert-led training, as well as a host of other benefits, including eligibility to become a Certified Xamarin Mobile Developer.

Xamarin University offers an extensive catalog of classes, with sessions conducted every day spanning many different time zones. This not only allows new developers to learn how to build cross-platform mobile applications, but also enables experienced developers to stay on top of new features and advances. This just-in-time training model is in contrast to traditional fire-hose developer training in which developers are expected to absorb mass amounts of information in one sitting. With Xamarin University developers can drop into classes any time, allowing them to learn exactly what they need, when they need it, and at the pace that works for them.

All classes are based on interactive labs taught by mobile development experts and the small class sizes ensure that developers receive the attention they need to successfully acquire new skills and update old ones. Additionally, each class is recorded and class materials are readily available, so developers can return and brush up on concepts and skills as needed.

Xamarin University is released under a single, low-cost annual subscription. Another advantage to the unlimited online format is that Xamarin University is able to constantly roll out and update classes, ensuring that developers always have an easy way to stay up to date with platform updates, new OS versions and new features. Developers can also take advantage of included one-on-one access to Xamarin experts during Office Hours, which provide scheduled times for developers to have their questions answered, as well as get code reviews, architectural guidance and general mobile strategy advice.

With Xamarin University enrollment developers are eligible to become Xamarin Certified Mobile Developers by attending a series of specific courses and passing a rigorous examination. Xamarin Developer Certification is already a coveted achievement in the mobile industry, and the formal administration of the program as part of Xamarin University will ensure that the value of certification remains high. This provides enterprises with a tool to more easily hire mobile development experts, and also peace of mind knowing that Xamarin University developers have immediate access to the training that will keep them abreast of the fast-paced changes in mobile technology.

“Xamarin University is designed to ensure developers have the ability to stay on top of emerging mobile technologies, and make sure their skills remain current,” said Nat Friedman, CEO and cofounder, Xamarin. “We know of no other company providing this level of expert online training at this type of price point. We expect in the future most mobile development training will be delivered in this way.”

“As a developer, this is exactly the kind of training I would want – what I need, when I need it,” said Bryan Costanich, head of Xamarin University.

Xamarin University is $1,995 for an annual subscription per developer and has no limitations on the number of courses attended or reviewed in the online archive. Tuition includes the following items:
• Unlimited access to an extensive catalog of live, online, expert-led classes as well as recorded classes and class materials
• One-on-one time with instructors and Xamarin experts during Office Hours
• Eligibility to take the certification exam to become a Certified Xamarin Mobile Developer
• Constantly updated class catalog covering the latest Xamarin products and features, as well as updates to platform frameworks, APIs, and other technology changes