Considering coding your idea to success? Well, everyone wants it, but few only truly succeed. While there could be a sea of factors that hold the key to success of an app strategy, a significant one that rarely gets the attention of entrepreneurs today is the type of app development tool to use. The diversity and quality of its plugin libraries and APIs, and other compatibility and integration aspects, play a big role in that.
With platform and device diversity ruling the mobile landscape, cross-platform app development has emerged as a commercially viable option. Contrary to native app development, a single code composition created with a cross-platform development tool can be used to target multiple platforms or devices. Hence, it helps you not just containing the cost of technology investment, but also the hassles involved with updating and managing the portfolio of apps in your business.
Performance issues might occur with graphic-intensive apps. By implementing third-party solutions to enhance caching and graphic acceleration, developers can overcome this challenge. However, with OEMs coming up with better technical specifications, you should worry a little on this front.
Appcelerator is known to be a bit buggy and laggy, though the newer version is more stable. There are also user complaints about poor support from its developer community
In Xamarin, a C# codebase can be universally applied to multiple platforms. However, unlike other frameworks, it lets developers work with native IDEs, languages, and APIs. Moreover, Git integration is built directly into the Xamarin Studio.
Prevailing compatibility issues with open-source libraries for Android and iOS are a bit of a deterrent towards building a full-fledged app. This is something that its community must address to encourage the development of a substantial project with Xamarin.
If you have been looking to create data-intensive cross-platform apps or apps that can leverage hardware acceleration techniques, this is the ideal framework to go for. It houses a robust data package (to support interaction with an array of back-end data sources) and 115+ high-performance, pre-tested, and integrated UI components, including calendar, grids, charts, and more. The framework unleashes the potential of HTML5 on modern browsers.
Introducing Sencha Pivot Grid and D3 adapter, Sencha Ext JS enables developers to build apps with great business intelligence (BI) for data visualization and analytics. Ext JS Grid and Advanced Charting package analyze and interpret millions of records with ease.
MonoCross supports the development of cross-platform apps with C#, Microsoft .NET and the Mono framework. Developers can retain the coding of application, controller, and model across different platforms while playing with the platform container and the view, that is, user-interface, to deliver a native experience across all key platforms. Also, it makes app porting easier than ever. Thus, businesses can cope with the rapid changes in platforms.
Cross-platform developers, particularly beginners, struggle with its usability and features as little documentation and support resources are available online.
This cloud-based tool works along with Cordova or PhoneGap and does the code compilation, thereby helping developers to pursue their goals and expedite delivery as well as the quality of deliverables. Instead of getting acquainted with multiple native software development kits like Android SDK, iOS SDK, Windows Phone SDK, or something similar, developers can work on any cross-platform app development project – all that is required is the knowledge of web technologies or languages like CSS3, HTML5, and Java.
The documentation and support available for Kony on the web are not sufficient, as with Monocross, when compared to that of various other platforms, which has restricted its adoption by beginners.
Convertigo pitches itself as a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) platform and offers products like Convertigo Studio, Convertigo Server, Convertigo Cloud and Convertigo Mobilizer that ease app development for enterprises.
Convertigo has three different plans, of which the free plan just has community support and doesn’t include its Fullsync offline data support.
Multi-threading is a possible issue in NativeScript, which may be improved in later releases. There is a lack of in-depth examples and documentation on each of its features.
It restricts Radio-frequency identification (RFID) plug-ins to Windows Mobile/CE. Had it been made open source, it could have reached farther regarding popularity.
The numbering doesn’t reflect the superiority or inferiority of a particular framework. Every tool has its strengths and limitations and selection of a framework should be done as per the requirements of a project. A cross-platform app development company entrusted with any project must strike a balance between what is available and what is required, and go in the right direction.
All Credit goes to Saroj Kumar for this post.