Mobile development frameworks are software frameworks which were made to support application development for different platforms. These frameworks are mainly a set of tools that allow different methods of web development, like HTML5, CSS3, etc., be adapted to a mobile application development platform. Some of the most famous platforms are given below –
Xamarin was founded in may 2011. It is a Microsoft-owned software company based in San Francisco, California. Xamarin tools are among the best for building cross-platform applications. These have implementations of Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and Common Language Specifications (Microsoft.Net).
The main purpose of any mobile development framework is to provide a way for the same code to be used across as many platforms for applications as possible. Using a C# shared codebase and the Xamarin tools together makes this universality possible for Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and many more. It can reuse not only the code and tools, but also the functions. It is a great help in hastening the process and saves a lot of time.
This is an extremely useful tool when it comes to producing working prototypes for apps at a short notice. This is why it is called a prototyping app tool. However, it needs to be combined with tools like Cordova and PhoneGap as it doesn’t have any facilities for app packaging.
Ionic Framework is a free, open-source MIT-licensed framework, which when produces great results when used together with AngularJS. This framework is particularly famous for its predefined and extensive features and elements. It provides web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass to produce native-looking apps.
This framework provides Live Reload along with many other advanced tools and technologies for developing apps. Live Reload is used to make the job of compiling and redeploying your app at each step easier and faster. Apps can be built using the web technologies provided by the framework and installed on to devices from Play Store by employing Cordova.
Mobile Angular UI is an open source licensed as free under MIT. It uses a combination of Angular framework and Bootstrap3 to produce mind-blowing HTML5 app experiences. It might use Bootstrap but it has no dependency on any Bootstrap libraries, including jQuery.
It only uses AngularJS directives. For better experiences, it employs fastclick.js and overthrow.js. It has multiple UI components like – sidebars, overlays, switched, etc. Most query files can be added or removed as per your jurisdiction.
For mobile application development, when choosing a framework, you must focus on features which will reduce your time and effort. It is preferable if the framework is capable of reusing the same code for multiple platforms as well. Hybrid models are not the perfect solution but in today’s world where speed and time-efficiency are of the utmost importance, these bring forth the best results with minimum expense and resources.
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