New to Telerik - Best Approach?

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  1. Mark
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    Posted 28 Sep 2015 Link to this post

    I'm mostly interested in using Angular to build mobile apps. Is this a recommended approach? Are there any other decisions like this we should be considering?
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    Martin Yankov
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    Posted 01 Oct 2015 Link to this post

    Hi Mark,

    The Telerik Platform provides tools for development of hybrid mobile apps. It doesn't really matter which mobile JS framework you will use to implement your app. There are no restrictions on third party JS frameworks, libraries or native plugins. There are many possible variants that you can use including Angular JS, JQuery Mobile and Kendo UI Mobile. Perhaps the latter has a small advantage in the fact that Kendo UI is a product of Telerik and we are providing support for it.

    Let me know if you have further questions.

    Regards,
    Martin Yankov
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  3. Mark
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    Posted 01 Oct 2015 in reply to Martin Yankov Link to this post

    Thanks so much. Martin. What about using Ionic Framework with Telerik? I'm a big fan of Ionic. It seems using Kendo UI or even Angular is a better option, however, in that integration would be better supported. Any thoughts? 

    http://developer.telerik.com/featured/supercharge-app-development-ionic-appbuilder/​

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    Martin Yankov
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    Posted 01 Oct 2015 Link to this post

    Hello Mark,

    Ionic is a Javascript UI library. I believe it's built on top of Angular JS and relies on Angular JS for views, controllers, navigation etc. So there is no problem in using it.

    Choosing a JS framework for your app development is not an easy task. Each framework has its pluses, drawbacks and limitations. It really depends on the app you want to develop and the features you want to put inside. Ideally you would have tried them all out and understood what they can and can't do and choose the best one for your current project. This requires a lot of experience. I think the best approach would be to go with the one that you know best. If you are familiar with Angular JS or some other framework and know it inside out, there is no reason to not use it.

    Don't hesitate to ask should you have other questions.

    Regards,
    Martin Yankov
    Telerik
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  5. Mark
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    Posted 02 Oct 2015 in reply to Martin Yankov Link to this post

    If we were to go the Ionic + Telerik route, it looks like internal/external deployments, simulation, testing, etc will work fine ScreenBuilder won't be compatible. Will Telerik Analytics, AppFeedback, Test Studio & Push Notifications still work or is that integrated into Kendo UI?
  6. Martin Yankov
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    Posted 05 Oct 2015 Link to this post

    Hello Mark,

    You are correct. All of the services are not tied to any framework and you will be able to use them regardless of what you use.

    ScreenBuilder is a fairly new product and at the moment supports only scaffolding of Kendo UI hybrid apps and NativeScript native apps.

    Test Studio Mobile is also a newly introduced product and at the moment it provides only APIs for getting and operating on the DOM elements of the app. You can't get the Angular JS models directly with it.

    All of the other services don't depend in any way on the framework. They provide their own JS libraries or Cordova plugins that you have to include and use in your app to make use of them.

    Let me know if you have further questions.

    Regards,
    Martin Yankov
    Telerik
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