Why Cross Platform Mobile Development Works

Why Cross Platform Mobile Development?

In order to understand everything we are about to talk about, we must first clear out some definitions; what is it Cross-platform mobile development?

Cross-platform mobile development is the creation of software applications that are compatible with multiple mobile operating systems. Originally, the complexity of developing mobile apps was compounded by the difficulty of building out a backend that worked across multiple platforms. Although it was time-consuming and expensive, it was often easier to build native applications for each mobile operating system (OS). The problem was that the code built for one operating system could not be repurposed for another OS.

When starting to create a mobile application, developers always select an approach for building it first. Just some years ago, there was no other choice than to create apps using languages, SDKs, and IDEs belonging to a specific OS. Today, this is not the only solution. In particular, when cross-platform frameworks such as phonegap, React Native, Cordova appeared, it became possible to create a universal codebase that could easily be adapted to any of the platforms.

The Essence of Cross-Platform Mobile Development

Making software for a specific platform implies using only those development tools that were officially submitted by the person who maintains the OS. As a result, you get a solution that is fully adapted to the platform-specific capabilities. The received apps are fast, efficient, and can operate any of the software and hardware assets of the device.

The majority of such frameworks are based on the ubiquitous JavaScript. 75% to 90% of codebase remains consistent between app versions. The rest is the code that describes the access to platform-specific software and hardware capabilities. Thus, the development time and overall application budget to deploy the app to each intended platform are reduced. Moreover, the functionality and overall user experience with this approach are very close to native.

Today, it is easier for programmers to develop cross-platform apps. Newer approaches to cross-platform development include:

Hybrid Mobile App Development

Developers write the core of the application as an HTML5 or JavaScript mobile app and then place a native device wrapper around it.

Rapid Mobile App Development

Developers use code-free programming tools. RMAD offers business users the ability to quickly build and manage “good-enough” internal apps to address specific business issues.

Windows Universal Apps

One codebase for all Windows devices. The goal is to enable the same app to run on a Windows PC, tablet, smartphone, smartwatch or XBox.

Progressive Web Apps

Websites that look and behave as if they are mobile apps. PWAs are built to take advantage of native mobile device features, without requiring the end user to visit an app store, make a purchase and download software locally.

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5 reasons we use Ionic for mobile app development

¿Why it is better to use ionic?

With the passing of years, we have seen Ionic being used more and more for mobile app development. But, what is Ionic and why is it so recommended?

According to its own creators, Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework targeted at building hybrid mobile apps. Hybrid apps are essentially small websites running in a browser shell in an app that has +access to the native platform layer. They have many benefits over pure native apps, specifically in terms of platform support, speed of development, and access to 3rd party code.

Think of Ionic as the front-end UI framework that handles all of the look and feel and UI interactions your app needs in order to be compelling. Kind of like “Bootstrap for Native,” but with support for a broad range of common native mobile components, slick animations, and beautiful design.

Now, we are going to give you 5 rock solid reasons you should think of Ionic as your framework of choice:

    1. One Code to Rule Them AllIonic is a framework to develop cross-platform iOS app development, Android development, and Windows Phone. As such, one of the most obvious reasons is that you only need to learn one real programming language, which is JavaScript to develop for 2 or 3 different platforms.
    2. User Interface ComponentsYes, the UI of Ionic apps looks like brand out of the box – something they are very proud of. Ionic comes with predefined styling for different components, so all the elements you can use will look and feel like native elements.
    3. Powerful yet Simple CLIIonic comes with a very handy command line interface. Whenever you need to create a new project, compile your project to native projects or do anything else inside your project, their CLI will support you a lot.
    4. Low Entrance BarrierIf you have ever developed with JavaScript, you know that you will see results pretty fast. And although Ionic uses the Angular framework which you need in all projects, getting started with Ionic takes you a few minutes maximum the first time.
    5. Development & Testing SpeedIf you have ever developed native applications you know that it can take a lot of time to develop and debug when you always have to re deploy your app to a simulator or a device. This process is so much faster with Ionic!

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