The Winning Combination of AngularJS and Ionic for Hybrid Mobile App Development
Decided to go hybrid for your next mobile app? Chris Styris gives his insights on what the Ionic framework has to offer and why you should use it.
One App for Many Platforms
The two most lucrative platforms for mobile applications continue to be iOS and Android, but the other platforms, especially BlackBerry and Windows Phone cannot be completely written off either. For enterprise applications, especially in businesses with the BYOD policies, the hybrid is a logical option. jQuery Mobile is the predecessor of Ionic and it is still available for development. However, Ionic picked up the pace for its versatility and the extensive development forum that frequently add new features and have helped the platform grow.
There’s very little not to love about Ionic — it is great for UI, debugging, performance and build. The platform has dozens of components with extensible options. The quality of the components are exceptional and their interaction with one another seamless. With the new version, the application layout depends on the device and Ionic follows specific guidelines of individual platforms for element display. Intricate details of the transition, styling, and another platform-specific behaviour is also followed. Developers can use $ionicConfigProvider to overwrite particular styles, transition or behaviour.
Ionic All the Way
The cross-platform application helps you create a larger market base and gives you greater access to users. Ionic combines AngularJS, HTML5+CSS and uses Cordova to access native device functions. It offers great support and extensive possibilities with features that are naturally integrated as native apps on a shared base code.
Creating the Components
Most mobile app developers will complain about the effort required to create icons and splash screens for hybrid app development. Individual parameters such as height, width, density, device and a host of other things have to be taken into consideration. In order to do complete justice, multiple splash screens and icons will have to be created. On Ionic, you just have to create two files — .psd, .ai or .png within the resources directory, specify the template and you are done.
Performance of Ionic Apps
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