The Top 5 Mobile App Development Frameworks at the Year End
It's the end of another year, and it's time to review some of the top Mobile Application Development Frameworks that made an impact.
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At the end of 2016, it’s just the right time to evaluate which mobile app development frameworks have been popular throughout the year. As we know a framework is complex software environment with many sub-components such as tools sets, compilers, debuggers, application programming interfaces, different code libraries and many other components aiding developers creating an app.
So which platforms could top others this year? Let’s learn about them.
Ionic has been the most popular framework available for mobile app development. Developers can build quite inspiring native and progressive web apps using this framework. Optimized to work perfectly on the latest mobile devices available, Ionic provides the best environment to an app to hit the market in desired way.
There is an online place called Ionic Market that allows developers downloading templates and projects developed by other developers. The Ionic command line utility lets developers build, emulate and run their apps. Then there are Ionic Lab components which let you test an app on both the popular mobile OS's — Android and iOS.
Also, the framework works well with Angular — a powerful SDK. You get access to efficient core architecture which fits for creating from simple to complex sorts of apps. Developers can also combine Ionic with Cordova, PhoneGap, and Trigger.io projects.
JQuery too has been popular throughout 2016. It’s an extensively used cross-mobile framework including a variety of plug-ins aiding developers rapidly create apps. An app created using this framework works perfectly on operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Firefox Mobile, Opera Mobile/Mini, MeeGo, Kindle, and Nook.
Adobe PhoneGap comes with a number of plug-ins that let developers extend its functionality. The tool can be used to build apps for iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, Ubuntu, Max OS, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone.
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