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One app, multiple platforms – 8 common Cross Platform tools for mobile app developers

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There are certain prevailing conditions in the market that have compelled the developers to target and explore more than one platform for their applications. Out of many reasons, most importantly with the dire need of cashing in maximum attention towards their app and thereby maximize the scope of revenue generation, developers are today looking forward to produce multi-platform apps.

It simply means, writing a single codebase for apps that will eventually be used on different platforms that showcase unique principles and behaviour. While the developers have always viewed it as a complicated process to tweak codes for each native, the invention of effective cross platform methodologies and tools have well taken care of cross-formating apps by keeping the developers’ resources intact.

Let us explore some of the best cross platform tools that are available in the market and also explore the streamlined resources that they offer, that have made the developers’ life easy by reducing the cost and effort of developing apps.

1. AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime)

Adobe AirAIR stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime.This platform allows developers to use theApache Flex enterprise application framework which provides its own UI components (and an associated UI framework), data binding, advanced data structures and other essential utilities. You can develop using ActionScript; a strongly typed relative of JavaScript by providing the Flash Player virtual machine to abstract away from the underlying hardware, with an extended API available to access device capabilities such as GPS and camera.
It is a cross-platform runtime for iOS and Android.

2. PhoneGap

PhoneGapPhoneGap, won the great acclaim at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco’s 2009 Launch Pad event. This platform uses standard web development languages such as HTML and JavaScript.
By acquiring PhoneGap, developers can work with device hardware features such as accelerometer, GPS/location, camera and sounds. PhoneGap also serves an Adobe AIR app and online training courses to help the developer access native API’s and build mobile apps on its own platform.
It is FOSS environment that allows developers to create apps for Android, Palm, Symbian, BlackBerry, iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices.

3. Enyo

EnyoEnyo, a free and open source (Apache 2.0 license) cross-platform and cross-browser application development framework that enables developers to create HTML5 applications and deploy them to many modern desktop browsers and mobile devices. Enyo is created around the idea of fully-encapsulated components, which lets the developers to reuse component pieces (or even an entire application) in new or existing projects. Developers design the application structure/component with JavaScript object literals, adding methods and properties for functionality. It is possible to embed full Enyo applications in the DOM elements of existing Web pages. Enyo has a dependency mechanism (package.js) to enable a basic modular approach to building applications.

4. RhoMobile

rhomobileRhoMobile Suite is an integrated set of tools, created by Motorola Solutions, for building cross-platform mobile application using HTML5, JavaScript and Ruby. RhoMobile is made available under the MIT licence. During development, applications can be tested using the built-in RhoSimulator, which is a Webkit-based browser, or a platform specific simulator. Building RhoMobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS or Android relies on the presence of the native SDKs.

5. Intel App Framework

Intel App FrameworkIntel App Framework is a framework for building cross-platform mobile application using HTML5 technologies. It embarked as jqMobi, a mobile optimised version of jQuery, which was created by the team behind appMobi. Intel then acquired the jqMobi tools and staff in February 2013. Along with its lightweight JavaScript library, Intel App Framework provides a basicMVC framework and many UI components. Rather than mimicking the native look and feel, the framework has opted for providing its own styles which looks the same across all platforms. Intel App Framework is free and open sourced under the MIT licence. Intel also offerXDK, which is a full suite of tools built around the App Framework.

6. Appcelerator

AppceleratorThis platform is extremely efficient as it provides access to the users to over 300 API’s. Appcelerator uses web technology to allow cross platform compatibility between platforms. The native apps are derived from technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, Python and Ruby, and rendered on the mobile via browsers. Most importantly, it also offers customizable metrics for actions and events. Apps can be entirely hardware-based and all app data can be stored either in the cloud or on the device.

7. WidgetPad

widgetpadWidgetPad provides you with sources like code editing, collaboration, debugging, distribution and project management. WidgetPad is a collaborative, open-source environment for development of smartphone apps. This program uses standard web technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. WidgetPad, which is now in private beta, can be used to create apps for the iOS, Android OS and WebOS.

8. MoSync

MoSyncMoSync is a well performing tool for formatting cross-platform apps. One more FOSS multi-platform mobile app dev SDK tool that is based on standard web programming. This SDK offers the developer integrated compilers, libraries, runtimes, device profiles and many more useful tools. MoSync supports C/C++, PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and Java. MoSync offers support for several types of Operating Systems, including Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian, Moblin and even a mobile Linux distro.

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