HTML5 Mobile Application Development Framework
Essentially a mobile application framework is a set of pre-written codes, apps, widgets and layouts that form a framework for developers. This means that developers do not have to code each element from scratch but can take advantage of the libraries, scripts and other elements offered by the framework to help them develop apps more efficiently.
Most of the top HTML5 Mobile app frameworks are available as open source software. Top frameworks include:
- Sencha Touch
- JQuery Mobile
- Ionic and AngularJS
- Kendo UI
- Appcelerator Titanium
Sencha Touch is an open source HTML5 Mobile framework available for free download from Sencha. It is very powerful framework that allows apps to be built for various devices including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and more. Sencha Touch is built on HTML5 technology, allowing developers to take advantage of the power of HTML5 in their apps.
Sencha offers smooth scrolling and fluid animations so that developers can really make their apps come alive. The framework includes lists, carousels and other scrolling components to allow developers access to the full range of navigation components needed for customized mobile apps. Sencha also automatically uses the best scrolling mechanism for each user device, taking headaches out of creating apps for various devices.
Sencha Touch offers a number of adaptive layouts to choose from to ensure developers spend time on building complex applications rather than focusing on the requirements of layouts for different devices. The framework ensures layouts are loaded correctly on each device and Sencha also makes switching from landscape to portrait easy ensuring perfect pixilation every time.
JQuery mobile is another open source HTML5 mobile framework that many developers use to help them develop their responsive websites for mobile. It is based on the “write less, do more” motto of the company and offers tons of features and plugins that make HTML5 mobile creation streamlined and efficient.
JQuery mobile is built on jQuery and uses the jQuery User Interface as a foundation for its apps and websites. The framework offers Ajax navigation which support page transitions, widgets, touch events and much more.
JQuery Mobile offers easily customizable themes and it offers “ThemeRoller for Mobile” which makes it even easier to drag and drop colors, download and implement custom themes, create websites and apps that really represent the brand rather than looking like an iOS application.
JQuery follows the DOM-based approach to coding and it is supported by Adobe and the JQuery foundation. You can download a free copy of JQuery here.
Ionic Framework with AngularJS
The Ionic framework is an open source framework available from Ionic. This framework offers a library of mobile optimized HTML, JS Components and CSS to allow developers to build highly interactive apps. Ionic is built is SASS and based on and optimized for AngularJS which is part of what makes it so popular.
Ionic was built with the latest mobile devices in mind and it uses minimal DOM manipulation and zero jQuery. It uses AngularJS which allows developers to develop serious, robust mobile applications. The UI is clean, simple and based on functionality and speed. That does not mean that the framework lacks display though. Websites and apps are designed to work and display beautifully on all mobile devices and the framework offers a number of mobile components all based on a stunning extensible base theme.
With over 590 000 Appcelerator developers and over 222 million devices running Appcelerator, this framework is the choice of many HTML5 mobile developers. Appcelerator is an open source native app compiler. The advantage of using Appcelerator is the fact that apps are compiled as native apps, but the disadvantage is that apps are then displayed differently across devices.
Kendo UI also offers an open source version of the framework called the Kendo UI Core. This version includes over forty widgets and framework features and is licensed under the Apache version 2 license.
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