Ionic vs native vs other mobile hybrid frameworks.
Last week I had been busy with choosing the best cross-platform mobile framework, at first I thought to use native tools to build Mobile apps but finally turned out to mobile hybrid frameworks cause of many reasons in next lines I like to share with you.
Why I chose ionic over native?
1-Learning curve, you want to learn Java then learn Android to be a good developer, then learn objective c and Swift framework, besides takes care of the two platform updates. It’s too much time, headache.
Besides it depends on a good principle (write once run anywhere), Which means you will write your code once and generate app file that runs on many platforms like Android, iOS, Windows phone, which leads to less debugging.
As a result, by learning hybrid app framework you will target a wide range of clients because most of them search for the lowest price and minimum time, this exactly what mobile hybrid framework provide.
It's matter to mention that most of the market between small to medium projects, even large projects owners tend to start as a hybrid app framework to test projects in a real world and collect users feedbacks if project successes then rebuild it with native. By doing this they save their time, efforts and money until getting real results,
Why I chose ionic over other mobile hybrid frameworks?
This seems as a tricky question but I consider it a very easy because I have my own rules or filters that make me more comfortable when choosing the suitable tool, some of these:
All of these standards are applying on ionic framework, I will take these rules in details for the rest of the article comparing to other Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks -in my opinion- without talking about other sides in order to commit the subject scope.
1- An easy learning curve
Ionic has a very clear documentation, it displays many code snippets align with interactive demo, also code itself, intuitive, you will quickly become familiar, additionally ionic team did their best to a simplify Angular 2 documentation for h beginners to help them understanding Angular 2
Fundamentals quickly which is an essentially required knowledge to get started with ionic 2 and understanding its structure.
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2- A big community
Ionic today is the most popular cross-platform mobile frameworks, you can take a look at many trends and you will note how many developers interested to work with ionic, according to ionic team there was about 1.6 million Mobile application built with ionic framework until now.
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3- A good supporting team.
Ionic has a good team behind, who put many efforts to provide a reusable components and to cover cross-platform compatibility as possible, they offer a native Cordova plugins as a part of ionic framework, a theming system built with sass technology to provide a modernize interface that much looking like native design, by following iOS, Android, Windows phone designs, also support a free limited cloud services to test, deploy and share your apps.
When ionic 1 first launched, it was built with angular 1, after while Google announced that angular 2 would rebuild from scratch, which a shock for everyone has put his effort to developing with that framework, of course, ionic 1 developers are one of those filling bad.
Although the big challenge ionic team jumped over and rebuilt ionic 2 with Angular 2.
4- Free open source.
This seems intuitive for a PHP developer, although the future will be for open source solutions, even Microsoft changing more of its policy, recently visual studio has been completely free and I think that Apple will changes soon or later.
So if you like me you will go ahead with ionic to take advantage of many free features and tools, although some of these will not completely free like ionic cloud services- but it still fair enough especially for beginners.
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Overall, it's still my opinion which was a result of my experience with some surveying and based on my priorities, but I always recommend to take a look at other technologies even if you already made your decision to go ahead with native programming or other hybrid app frameworks, trust me you'll not loose, as I said above some projects budget's doesn't worth all that the effort and time spent in native.
Besides, if you either a web developer or web designer this will add a new value to you because you could run ionic freelancing business and update your knowledge with latest web technologies.