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Cross Platform Mobile Applications• Why build Cross Platform ?• What are Cross Platform Mobile Applications ?• What are the most popular development frameworks available ?• Which framework do I use ?
Desktop App Evolution- an analogyCommand Line Native Apps Web Apps Rich Internet Apps
Mobile Web applications• 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.• Many mobile Web users in emerging markets are mobile- only.• Most consumers prefer browser to apps for most mobile activities.• Limited access to complete hardware potential in a smart phone.
Cross Platform applications• Doesn’t bet on a particular smart phone platform to succeed.• Leverage existing web app expertise.• Doesn’t compromise in use of powerful native (hardware) features.
Phone Gap• A Web Application in a native wrapper.• Completely built using web technologies (HTML, JS and CSS)• API provides bridge between JS and native device APIs.• Look and feel identical to Web App
Titanium Appcelerator• Native application developed using web technologies, compiled into appropriate Native binaries for respective target runtimes.• UI components can be built using HTML and CSS, however Appcelerator also provides a JS API that provides access to native UI components.• Native looking apps can be built using Appcelerator.
Rhodes• Similar to Titanium- built using web technologies and compiled to native apps.• MVC framework allowing all business logic to be separated, written in Ruby.• Rhohub – Hosted development environment• Rhosync – Data sync framework using web services for enterprise class applications.
Phone Gap vs. Appcelerator vs. Rhodes Platforms Supported Phone Gap Appcelerator Rhodes iPhone Yes Yes Yes Android Yes Yes Yes Blackberry Yes Limited Support Yes Symbian Yes No Yes Windows Mobile Yes No Yes HP / Palm WebOS Yes No No
Phone Gap vs. Appcelerator vs. Rhodes Phone Gap Appcelerator Rhodes Native hardware Yes Yes Yes features Enterprise sync No No Rhosync, PAID Multi-threading No No Yes Application No No Yes, RhoGallery Distribution support
So.. What do I choose ? Phone GapPros – Supports many platforms. – Completely FREE. – Looks completely like a Web PageCons – Limited Plug-ins – No access to Native UI components
So.. What do I choose ? Appcelerator TitaniumPros – Powerful API allows apps that are almost identical to native apps.Cons – Support mainly for iPhone and Android. – Only the basic features are free.
So.. What do I choose ? RhodesPros – Enterprise class framework- MVC, Rhosync, rhohub, etc. – Large number of platforms supported.Cons – Ruby – Only the basic features are free.