Xamarin Studio is the premier cross-platform development tool for .NET. Using this Xamarin 3 IDE, you can create high-performance native applications for iOS, Android, and Mac using the same .NET features and tools you are already familiar and comfortable with.
Often the most frustrating part of beginning to work with a new tool or workflow is the process of simply getting started. Whether you are brand new to .NET development, or a veteran of the framework, Learning Xamarin Studio will help you get your cross-platform development environment up and running smoothly and quickly. Starting with selecting the right Xamarin license for you and your organization, this book will cover how to install Xamarin Studio, integrate the necessary third-party tools, explain the features and tools provided by the IDE, and walk through developing, testing, and deploying applications.
'Learning Xamarin Studio' can be a great resource for the developer with little to no experience in mobile development and interest in the Xamarin platform. The book walks you through the 'Hello World' app but it is not a coding how-to. This is about all the other logistics that go into the mobile development lifecycle in Xamarin Studio. Topics include, Xamarin pricing, necessary resources, configuration, development tools, testing and deployment. This is for both iOS and Android.
If you have experience in either iOS or Android, some of this will not doubt be review or just completely skipped over. But knowing the logistics of both platforms will certainly give you a leg up if you aim to try your hand at cross-platform development.
All-in-All there is not a whole lot of information in this book that you couldn't get elsewhere. But having all of the info in one place and in the context of developing in Xamarin could make this book valuable to a developer new to Xamarin and/or mobile development.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend