Monday, 23 June 2014

5 Cross-Platform Mobile Development Tools You Should Try

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5 Cross-Platform Mobile Development Tools You Should Try

1. RhoMobile

 The tagline "one codebase, every smartphone" pretty much says it all. RhoMobile offers Rhodes, an open source, Ruby-based framework that allows for development of native apps for a wide range of smartphone devices and operating systems. OSes covered include iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, RIM and Symbian.

  The framework lets you write your code once and    use it to quickly build apps for every major            smartphone. Native apps are said to take full      advantage of available hardware, including GPS  and camera, as well as location data.
  In addition to Rhodes, currently in its 2.0 iteration,    RhoMobile offers RhoHub, a hosted development    environment, and RhoSync, a standalone server    that keeps app data current on users’ mobile    devices.

2. Appcelerator

When we polled Twitter followers for recommended cross-platform tools, Appcelerator stood out as a fan favorite.
 Another FOSS offering, Appcelerator's Titanium  Development Platform allows for the development  of native mobile, tablet and desktop applications  through typical web dev languages such as  JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby and HTML.  Titanium also gives its users access to more than  300 social and other APIs and location information.
 Appcelerator's offerings also include customizable  metrics for actions and events. App data can be  stored in the cloud or on the device, and apps can  take full advantage of hardware, particularly  camera and video camera capability.

3. WidgetPad

WidgetPad is a collaborative, open-source mobile development environment for creating smartphone apps using standard web technologies, including CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript.
This platform includes project management, source code editing, debugging, collaboration, versioning and distribution. It can be used to create apps for OSes such as iOS, Android and WebOS.
WidgetPad is currently in private beta; you can contact the creators for access.

4. PhoneGap

 PhoneGap, the recipient of the winning pitch at  Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco's 2009 Launch Pad  event, is a FOSS framework that helps you  develop apps for iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Android,  Palm, Symbian and BlackBerry devices using web  development languages such as JavaScript and  HTML. It also allows for access to hardware  features including GPS/location data,  accelerometer, camera, sound and more.
 The company offers a cross-platform simulator  (an Adobe AIR app), as well as online training  sessions to help you access native APIs and build functioning mobile apps on the PhoneGap platform.

5. MoSync

 MoSync is another FOSS cross-platform mobile  application development SDK based on common  programming standards. The SDK includes tightly  integrated compilers, runtimes, libraries, device  profiles, tools and utilities. MoSync features an  Eclipse-based IDE for C/C++ programming.  Support for JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, Python and  other languages is planned.
 The framework supports a large number of OSes,  including Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and  even Moblin, a mobile Linux distro. Currently,  support for iPhone is present in the nightly builds and will be integrated in early Q3 with the release of MoSync 2.4. BlackBerry support is coming later this year, as well.

Bonus Round: Whoop

If you're not a mobile developer and you've made it this far, first of all, bless your heart. Second, you might be able to enjoy the same cross-platform publishing benefits as your coding buddies with this tool. We can almost guarantee your efforts won't be nearly as polished, bug-free, customized or functional as something you could create with one of the five platforms above, but Whoop just might be worth a try.
The Whoop Creative Studio is a WYSIWYG web editor that allows you to drag and drop mobile app elements to your heart's content. Once you're done, you can export your app in formats for several devices and operating systems, including iPhone, Android, RIM, Windows Mobile and other OSes.
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