What are the most popular development frameworks available ?
Which framework do I use ? </li></li></ul><li>Desktop App Evolution- an analogy<br />Command Line Native Apps Web Apps Rich Internet Apps<br />
Mobile Web applications<br />The number of people accessing the mobile Internet is growing fast and is expected to overtake the PC as the most popular way to get on the Web within five years.<br />Many mobile Web users in emerging markets are mobile-only.<br />Most consumers prefer browser to apps for most mobile activities.<br />Limited access to complete hardware potential in a smart phone.<br />
Cross Platform applications<br />Doesn’t bet on a particular smart phone platform to succeed.<br />Leverage existing web app expertise.<br />Doesn’t compromise in use of powerful native (hardware) features.<br />
Phone Gap<br />A Web Application in a native wrapper.<br />Completely built using web technologies (HTML, JS and CSS)<br />API provides bridge between JS and native device APIs.<br />Look and feel identical to Web App<br />
Titanium Appcelerator<br />Native application developed using web technologies, compiled into appropriate Native binaries for respective target runtimes.<br />UI components can be built using HTML and CSS, however Appcelerator also provides a JS API that provides access to native UI components.<br />Native looking apps can be built using Appcelerator.<br />
Rhodes<br />Similar to Titanium- built using web technologies and compiled to native apps.<br />MVC framework allowing all business logic to be separated, written in Ruby.<br />Rhohub – Hosted development environment<br />Rhosync – Data sync framework using web services for enterprise class applications.<br />
Phone Gap vs. Appcelerator vs. Rhodes<br />Platforms Supported<br />
So.. What do I choose ?<br />Phone Gap<br />Pros<br />Supports many platforms.<br />Completely FREE. <br />Looks completely like a Web Page<br />Cons<br />Limited Plug-ins<br />No access to Native UI components<br />
So.. What do I choose ?<br />Appcelerator Titanium<br />Pros<br />Powerful API allows apps that are almost identical to native apps.<br />Cons<br />Support mainly for iPhone and Android.<br />Only the basic features are free.<br />
So.. What do I choose ?<br />Rhodes<br />Pros<br />Enterprise class framework- MVC, Rhosync, rhohub, etc.<br />Large number of platforms supported.<br />Cons<br />Ruby<br />Only the basic features are free.<br />
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