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Building Mobile Apps? Here are the best platforms to look into

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In this blog, we will talk about one of our very favorite devices, the smartphone. The very devices that we can’t live without, for many including me, our entire lives from birthdays to contacts, and even exercise regimens are summed into this little device.

The best part about smartphones is that whatever is already not on the phone can easily be found on iOS or the Google App Store. This is why the need for app developers is currently on the rise and with it the constant improvement in mobile application design

App development has become a serious business with companies and startups dedicating time and money for simply building their apps or building apps for other companies. That’s why for an aspiring developer it is essential to tap into the following frameworks to bring any figment of imagination into functional reality: Developed on the already famous extension to JavaScript this tool was also included for mobile development by the name jQuery

Ionic:

Over the last couple of years, Ionic has established itself as a leader in the hybrid mobile development community. This tool is also relatively easy to apply and learn, in addition to this there is a huge library that consists of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript CSS components, gesticulations, and riggings. Ionic also has the ability to work with pre-defined components.

The best part is that the tool is famous for providing all the features which can be found in native mobile development tool kits. This means that when users build their apps on Ionic they can assess all native functions of the device including a camera, contacts, etc.

Additionally, by using a tool called Angular this framework can provide custom components and methods for interacting with them.

jQueryMobile:

Owing to its simplicity this is a great mobile framework for the creation of cross-platform apps. Built on top of solid jQuery and the jQuery UI foundation this is the most impeccable framework to develop apps for mobile and web to run seamlessly with the unique user experience across mobile, tablets, and desktops. Rather than focusing on providing the native look jQuery focuses on the performance of the app.    

Xamarin:

This framework was introduced in 2011 and works through the MONO Framework to communicate with the API. It comes with a shared C# codebase that allows developers to write native apps for Android, Windows, and iOS. The best part is that one can even test their apps directly on the cloud while monitoring them.

Appcelerator:

This tool writes applications in JavaScript and runs them on a native platform using its titanium SDK. This cross-platform development software focuses on producing native apps and offers over 6000 APIs for iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and HTML5.

Appcelerator is known for its performance and an extensive feature set rather than its ease of use. 

PhoneGap:

Designed by Adobe, PhoneGap is a combination that not only allows developers to create their apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript but also packages the app, makes it portable, and can also release to multiple App Stores.

In combination with Cordova, these tools allow the developer to use native functions such as the camera, compass, contacts, and even geolocation. It also supports multiple operating systems such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, WebOS, Blackberry, and many more.

React Native:

This tool sets itself apart from the rest of the frameworks on this list by shifting its focus from creating hybrid apps to creating actual real native apps. This tool was designed on the heels of React by Facebook and it stemmed from their ads manager app.

React Native comes with fast development cycles and decorative self-contained UI components by rotating the speed and feel of native apps. The application logic is written and run in JavaScript while then UI is fully native.

This offers developers a chance to maintain the native look and feel of the application without having the need to use traditional languages.

Meteor:

This is an amazing open-source JavaScript framework that is written using Node.js. This tool is known for simplifying the process of developing apps by allowing rapid prototyping and producing cross-platform code.

With a full JavaScript, Meteor is made up of a full collection of libraries and packages that are bound together making it easier, flexible, and faster. Because of this process, the app required less code when programming the app resulting in the code being less buggy and of a higher quality.

Sencha Touch:

This tool is an HTML5 and CSS powered framework and is considered the ideal platform to manage and deploy applications that run across multiple platforms. It is built upon the Ext JS that enables it to offer native-like performance.

In addition to offering an integrated MVC system and 50 built-in components, this framework also provides a set of themes for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and a verity of other platforms. 

Ratchet:

This tool was originally built by Twitter as an internal tool for creating their mobile prototype but since then this tool has expanded to become a fully functional mobile developmental kit. This popular framework is simple to use and comes with a collection of user interfaces, JavaScript plug-ins, and reusable HTML classes.

Mobile Angular UI:

This is like an extension to BootStrap 3 but without any dependencies to BootStrap or jQuery. It uses fast click.js and overthrow.js for a smooth and better mobile experience. This tool is the perfect combination of Angular and BootStrap that maintains BootStrap3’s amazing syntax and adds popular mobile components like switches, overlays, sidebars, and fixed-position navigation bars.

While there are many more mobile development frameworks out there these are some of the most popular frameworks that offer a simple and easy way for you to start developing your app. But before choosing to work with any of the tools one should have a clear idea of how much do they want from the mobile application.    

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