It is a common perception that only a native app development is the best option for two major platforms iOS and Android and programming languages to consider are:
Native mobile apps are well-known for its powerful impressive performance, API integration, accessing hardware controls and full functionalities that they offer. But native development has its own drawback as development is much time taking due to separate codebases that significantly increase the development cost for each of the platform. So, a development method as “Cross-platform” provide capability to use the single code build for multiple platforms.
There are many cross-platform technologies now available such as React Native, Xamarin and Ionic framework. Now Ionic framework provide the capabilities to minimize native coding to deliver best-cross platform app with native like app experience respectively for iOS & Android at the same time.
The Ionic framework is essentially an UI toolkit adopting the open-source standards. Ionic mobile apps are characterized by the diversity of platforms they cater to with a single codebase. To top it all ionic app can be both desktop and mobile based. Developers can even create progressive mobile apps with the technology. The ionic framework makes use of standard web languages like HTML, CSS, and JS. With it, developers finally get the flexibility and efficiency of building apps only once and having them run almost on all platforms. The framework’s beta version was released in 2014 and is the brainchild of Ben Sperry, Max Lynch, and Adam Bradley from Drifty Co.
The primary aim is top-notch user-experience so use of framework speeds up the development using default UI components. You can use the technology to develop the look of the app and way it feels to use the same. Ionic comes with several advantages like quick and easy integration with other libraries such as Cordova and Angular amongst others. It is relatively easy to learn, and developers can learn it quickly. You don’t necessarily have to use with a front-end framework and Ionic can function as a standalone using a simple script include.
Key features of Ionic:
- It is Based on Web Technologies
- Beautiful and Attractive Design
- Optional Cordova Plugin
- The Ionic CLI
- Free and open source (MIT license)
- Framework Compatibility
Ionic Development Consideration:
The driving intention behind Ionic is to address the gap that exists between hybrid mobile apps and AngularJS web apps. Developers can use both the benefits of Cordova and AngularJS libraries while developing high-interactive applications using Ionic. The ionic framework provides almost universal UI components. The reputation of Ionic as an app development technology is built around that very multi-platform abilities.
Ionic is particularly suited as the app UI solutions in the following cases:
When looking for a free and open-source software solution
Ionic combines the best of the worlds of the flexibility and accessibility of open-source software with the stability, speed, and reliability this is expected more from proprietary technology. When developers create ionic apps, they get the look and feel of native apps while greatly reducing development costs. Further the tech has a low learning curve and supports many plugins that add to the usability and compatibility of the framework.
Large active community for help and support
It is relatively easy to learn Ionic and being based on the already established and popular technologies like Angular and Cordova, it enjoys wide popularity and familiarity. The Ionic community is full of developers and experts willing to share their expertise and help you out in the development process.
Using single codebase for multiple platforms
Native application development is a time and resource consuming procedure. Ionic lets developers create cross-platform apps that sport high-end UI while being able to reuse them helping them to save critical time.
Find an easy testing solution
The mobile app testing process becomes significant easier with the Ionic framework. Testing is possible through simply a browser besides emulators for almost all operating systems. You can of course test apps on the platform and remotely debug your app.
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