In the first part of this series we learned about mobile web application strategies and techniques like Responsive Web Design. Now, let’s take a look at how hybrid applications fit as a solution for mobile development.
Telerik Platform simplifies mobile development including hybrid apps using Telerik AppBuilder. AppBuilder is a cross-platform development environment that utilizes PhoneGap/Apache Cordova. Telerik Platform includes end-to-end tooling that encompasses prototyping, connecting to data, development, testing, deployment, management and analytics. In addition to tooling, developers can use their favorite IDE with plugins for Visual Studio and Sublime Text, and a Command Line Interface (CLI) that works alongside any IDE.
Building and deploying your app with the Telerik Platform is also simplified. Using a single code base, your app can be compiled and deployed to your own private app store or public app stores, including the Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone. Without the Telerik Platform, additional SDKs and hardware are necessary to deploy to all app stores. In addition, the app can be built for the AppBuilder Companion App, a tool for iterative development and testing.
It’s important to remember that hybrid apps must follow app store review guidelines in order to be successfully added to an app store. Each major app store has it’s own policies and guidelines that should be read and understood before submitting.
Hybrid Fast Track
The following resources can help your team get up to speed:
- Webviews are used to wrap web applications and provide the app with native like abilities
- Apache Cordova is a hybrid app framework for building cross platform apps
- Telerik Platform simplifies mobile development with App Builder for end-to-end tooling including compilation and deployment
- Without the Telerik Platform additional SDKs and hardware are necessary to deploy to all app stores
- Some native API knowledge may be necessary to fully utilize a device’s features
- Understand app store policies and guidelines before submitting to app stores
In This Series
This was the second part of series of blog posts on how to Fast track your mobile development project. In the next post we’ll explore the fast track to native application development. If you would like to review, you can jump back to the first part of this series where we learned about mobile web application strategies and techniques like Responsive Web Design.