There are two intensively growing trends nowadays in the technological world. They are development of mobile apps and HTML5 web development based on standards. To build a native mobile app one needs to know some specific platforms and have special skills like Java for Android or Objective-C for iPhone. Developing with HTML5 gained traction due to its basing on standards. Therefore many vendors of app development frameworks are trying to comply with these specifications.
This article aims to explore the most popular development frameworks for building mobile apps in order to provide readers with the grounds for choosing the right framework for their own apps.
This framework suits the best for writing of complex and multi-screened apps because it weakens the possibility the code gets cluttered due to event-driven communication among views and models.
App developers can add event listeners to any model attribute which provides a full control over view changes. Another advantage is ability to tie models to back-end. Also it ensures excellent RESTful API support and enforces maintainability. Despite many people working on the code together, code base is kept clean. Backbone is a real alternative to apps aiming at a scalable and maintainable solution based on model view controllers (MVC).
This one enables creating native-like sites and apps for mobiles. It includes a single codebase and rich HTML5 widgets for targeting multiple mobile platforms. The framework offers tools for dealing with app navigation, layout templates, views and widgets for Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone. The DOM isn’t deformed that enables using less code and supporting elements.
The model view and data are supported in a seamless integration. QUnit, Jasmine and Unit testing frameworks of the like are also supported.
Developers are free to associate DOM elements with specific model data or its properties due to the declarative binding adoption that is achieved through readable and concise syntax. Despite being library agnostic, Knockout runs with jQuery particularly well. It doesn’t depend on external factors much ensuring its robust usage and support on most modern browsers like Chrome, Opera, Firefox 2+, IE 6+ and Safari.
Having built-in support of MVC with the specified folder structure, the framework enables organized app building, helps to scale and maintain a particular app. It has a strong support of developer communities due to being an open source library. What makes it a most preferred framework is graphical data representation. It’s consistent over most contemporary web browsers as well as Google Android and Apple iOS platforms. Unit testing via QUnit, Jasmine and other frameworks is supported as well.
In conclusion, different frameworks are good for different developing purposes. In order to make the right HTML5 framework option for developing a mobile app, developers should rely on two major factors including development-friendliness and the width of the framework’ reach.