Want to develop mobile apps with Web development experience?
We believe or not mobile applications are growing at the pace of a rocket and web development is becoming more complex and time consuming. Mobile app developers are churning real money with this growing trend. You also want to join the party but don’t want to learn new programming language? Keep reading this article to get more information.
How to develop mobile applications using web development skills?
What are the differences between native and hybrid applications?
1. Platform dependent dedicated programming languages for native applications:
iOS native applications are written using SWIFT programming language and Android applications are written in Java and now in Kotlin as well.
2. Write code once and publish in any platform:
Hybrid applications, you write code once and publish the application in any available platform iOS and Android thus saving development time.
3. Performance is better in native but development time is less in hybrid applications:
In Performance term, native applications are on the top of list but generally very time consuming because for each platform we have to write code in different programming language.
Options available to develop mobile application for web developer?
You have many options but there are 2 ways which are very popular:
1. Ionic Framework:
It is a one of the very popular method which is used is develop hybrid application. You need to know angular.js, html, and css to learn this and develop application. It works on the top of cordova platform which help our web based code to communicate with mobile device OS. These applications are not actual applications and are just open as a webview. So there are some limitations in terms of using device native functionality.
2. React Native:
It is also a very popular framework to develop mobile applications. It is managed by Facebook and some community developers. React native community developers claim that the applications developed through this are not hybrid applications rather these are actual native applications which uses device native component. You need the knowledge of react.js, JSX, ES6 and redux to be handy in react native. It is not entirely write once and publish in any platform rather you will need some platform dependent code for each platform you wish to publish.
React native or ionic framework?
It really depends upon the application you wish to develop. If you are using a simple application then it will be quicker to develop in ionic however if you have a complex application then react native is recommended. Because, react native can use device native functionalities more efficiently and ionic may be a big trouble for a big application.
Hybrid mobile application developers are giving a tough competition to native application developers as it is almost half of the effort to develop a same application in web based platforms for both iOS and Android. I personally recommend you to learn these technologies as well apart from your usual web based skills. Also, you don’t have to learn an entire new language or platform to make mobile applications and you can use your existing web based skills