With the era of technology at its peak and mobile devices replacing most of the other electronic appliances, it is only normal that there is a huge rise in developers for mobile applications as well. One of the major problems faced by developers, however, in this, is the different programming languages and various operating systems.
Usually, developers used to create a separate version for each of the operating system corresponding to the language and in the end, there would be multiple copies of the same app coded in different languages. With these cross-platform mobile apps development frameworks, it has become very feasible.
- Ionic/Ionic 2
- jQuery Mobile
- React Native
Cordova was originally created by Nitobi and later purchased by Adobe and renamed as PhoneGap. Adobe also released an open source version named Apache Cordova. Not only can you code apps, but also package them and release to different app stores.
- PhoneGap has a built-in compiler which saves developers the trouble of compilation separately.
- Taking a cue from Github, PhoneGap also now allows developers to discuss their coding with other developers.
- Its backend ensures that apps created are fast and without any lag.
- Being open source, it saves you a lot of money.
- Developed by MIT as an open source project alongside a community of developers worldwide.
- One of the best features in it is that it provides over 120 native device features to be used within.
- It boosts performance as it doesn’t require any third party JS applications.
- It provides custom components and methods for interaction via AngularJS.
- Not only does it work great for cross-platform mobile apps development, but also for various devices such as tablets, mobiles, etc.
- It was designed predominantly as a theme framework so it is great to design custom visuals for your apps.
- jQuery comes with a download builder that allows you to create a custom builder with only the components you need. It also generates a full JS file and full or structure only stylesheets as well.
- Its layout grid makes it easy to create custom pages for client’s needs.
- It has Facebook Async display kit with which you can render off the main thread, resulting in very smooth animations.
- It allows you access to native gesture functionality, which in turn give smooth gestures on the app.
- It offers Hot Reloading and Live reloading which can reduce feedback loop and offer over the air updates to your app.
Meteor is another open source framework written using Node.JS. It consists of libraries and packages bound together making it easier, faster, and flexible. It requires much less code as compared to others as well.
- Meteor core consists of a Real-time feature with which developers can test their apps in real life environment right out of the box.
- It consists of pre-built packages as well to simplify and ease the process such as JS libraries, user accounts, and more.
Building apps nowadays is a tedious task. With the multi-functionality features and heavy custom visualizations, it can take months of coding and testing, even years. With these frameworks, you can easily build your app without much hassle. It reduces the time considerably to weeks and even days.