Imagine you want to make cupcakes for your family. You have to make them for you, your spouse, and two children. But you have only one cupcake cup and you can not create 4 pieces at once. So you cook them each after each.
This is so tiresome and time-consuming process, isn’t it? And how convenient the cooking process could be with many cupcake pans!
Cross-platform software development was implemented to solve the problem of inefficient and long-run projects. Cross-platform (hybrid) development refers to the development of software products for multiple platforms simultaneously using a single codebase. Today frameworks for cross-platform development vary. The most popular are React Native, Ionic Framework, Xamarin, Appcelerator Titanium.
Here, in YourServerAdmin, we also care about clients’ needs. We understand how important the time required for the project is. We realize how important for their business the fact that their apps will cover all the platforms can be. We chose Ionic 2 for cross-platform application development among other frameworks and in this article we are going to tell you why.
What is Ionic 2
Angular 2 and TypeScript
Many improvements are added in Angular 2 in comparison to Angular 1.x. Angular 2 focused on creating reusable front-end components, a lot of the barriers to reusability, such as reliance on $scope and on controllers, are removed in this version. Directives were also vastly simplified, which makes this framework more concise and readable than Angular 1.x. Coupled with many performance and framework improvements, Angular 2 managed to present almost an entirely new look at the declarative front-end framework pattern.
Angular 2 contribution to Ionic 2 Framework is the following:
- Code generation.
- Code splitting.
- Powerful template syntax.
- Angular CLI.
- High-performance, complex choreographies and animation timelines.
- Improved server performance.
AngularJS was developed having mobile development in mind. Compared to Angular 1.x, now developers can use it for building mobile apps with much greater performance than before. Mobile Angular UI provides switches, overlays, sidebars, scrollable areas, absolute positioned top and bottom navbars that don’t bounce on scroll.
Why do we use TypeScript? Check this list of its benefits:
- Class and Module Support
- Static Type-checking
- ES6 Feature Support
- Clear Library API Definition
- Syntax Similarity to Backend Languages
TypeScript is an excellent tool that exclude the possibility of an error and all the problems implied, allows you to describe the interaction between the elements of the application, offers basic tools for working with modules and classes and compiles in a fairly readable code.
Ionic, along with Angular2 and TypeScript, turns out to be an incredible framework for multi-platform mobile apps.
Reasons to choose Ionic 2
Minimalistic interface is a distinctive characteristic of Ionic 2 applications. This ensures the speed in using the app: no unnecessary shadows, rounded corners, gradients. Apps are clean and simple. Of course, with Ionic 2 you won’t get native look and feel, but it delivers a very fast and consistent interface.
While writing a single code for multiple apps, obviously you spend less time for an app. When time reduces, costs reduce too. Cross-platform approach will help you save 40% of your time and budget, which you can invest into marketing to help your product succeed on the market.
Progressive web apps
Progressive web app is a new trend now which means that the web-applications deliver app-like experience for users. With PWAs and the powerful technology for modern web, an excellent user experience becomes possible.
Cordova provides 120+ native plugins for the cross-platform development with Ionic 2 including such features as Bluetooth, HealthKit, Finger Print Auth, Push Notifications, Geolocation, and many others. These plugins guarantee native experience for end-users.
Ionic 2 does not rest on its laurels. We can see that compared to the Ionic Framework v1 we got amazing improvement and larger possibilities for mobile app development.
However Ionic team claims: “But we aren’t satisfied with Ionic yet. We think it can be so much more for so many more people. We want to enable not just the current generation of mobile developers, but the millions more that are just realizing they can build for these amazing devices, too.”
YourServerAdmin has great expectations for Ionic 2 and we see that the team continues improving the framework.