Top cross platform app development tools for mobile developers
Mobiles have grown into the life fabric of all digital natives, and even though we are witnessing a technology downpour, we feel wonderful about the expansive reach mobility solutions. The smartphone community is blessed with a many mobile operating systems to choose from, and with so many wonderful options, the app developers are facing a torrid time in deciding which platform to opt for. Further, the mobile app developers are required to develop different versions of their applications to accommodate all major operating systems, such as Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry, etc.
The solution to the above mentioned problem is cross platform mobile development, which offers a convenient way to mobile app developers to build apps that cater to multiple mobile platforms. This means that without the need of extensive programming or coding changes for each mobile operating system, developers can now create apps that have a single source code and yet are able to run across different platforms. The market is replete with several high performing tools that can be used to develop cross platform apps for major mobile operating systems, besides offering added functionalities to those apps.
Through this article, we will cover some fantastic cross platform mobile app development tools and applications. What works for or against them, we will cover it all.
Xmarin is an advanced cross platform app development platform that allows developers to deploy native APIs in their projects, mostly for Android and iOS. Xmarin is based on C# development package where apps are programmed for both iOS and Android devices. It’s popular for its advanced compiling on .NET framework at runtime, versatility and highly adaptive interface suitable for team collaboration. I personally admire its development team collaboration system where large teams can effortlessly work on the same project with seamless communication and project management.
RhoMobile is a strong contender in this compilation and is easily one of the most robust and powerful tool for cross platform mobile app development. The application is designed on Ruby platform, and is ideal for a robust development environment for apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry operating systems. The developer needs to build the source code for one platform using this tool once, and the source code could then be used for all platforms without any further changes. Interestingly, the service is available in both cloud and dedicated server based environment. While RhoHub is a cloud server based app development environment, the RhoSync service is driven by standalone servers and thereby providing more robust options to the developers.
Created as a simple, no-frills attached mobile app development kit for budding developers, Whoops has an interesting aura surrounding it. For starters, it is clean and offers simple standalone features, such as dropping and dragging elements from the taskbar, besides ability to tweak from the code window itself. However, advanced and seasoned developers might find it lacking feature-wise owing to its simplistic make up and lack of high profile components provided with Appcelerometer or PhoneGap. In my opinion, Whoop is a great package for developers looking to learn and apply the basics of cross platform app development.
This Guest Post has been contributed by Vijay Gaur who is currently working as senior associate for internet marketing with Moability, a company providing iPhone application development services.