Published on March 3, 2014
Cross Platform Mobile App Development Tools Mark Arteaga | Founder @RedBitDev @MarkArteaga email@example.com www.markarteaga.com www.RedBitDev.com
WHY ARE WE HERE?
CHALLENGE & GOALS?
Target all relevant platforms Reduce development time Reduce development costs Make end customers happy on all platforms (BYOD) • Share common code across platforms • • • •
Defining Native: App Characteristics • Built with standard native UI controls • Conforms to platform‟s design conventions • Optimal performance • Leverages platform level HW acceleration • Access to full platform functionality
• Objective C • Xcode on Mac OS • Free Tools/SDK • $99 Store Fee/yr • C#, C++, VB.NET • Visual Studio/ VS Express • Free Tools/SDK • $19 Store Fee/yr Personal • $99/yr Company • Java, C/C++ • Plugin for Eclipse plus others • Free Tools/SDK • $25 Store Fee (One Time)
TECH APPROACHES TO CROSS PLATFORM
Hybrid Apps – Frameworks • Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) • Others based on PhoneGap
Native Runtimes – What is it? • Compatibility layer that sits on top of the native OS • Attempts to shield app from platform differences • Executes code using different methods – Interpretation – JIT Compiling – AOT Compiling • Compiles to native code
Native Runtimes – Tools/Frameworks • • • • • Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android Appcelerator Corona AppMobi Adobe Flex
• C# as the coding language • Compiled down to native code – AOT Compiling to binary code for ARM • Does not try to accomplish write once run anywhere – Code sharing of core business logic – Write UI for every platform as every platform has different UI concepts
Our Final Choice
Why ? • Development team had more experience with C# • Compiles down to native code for performance • Does not try to accomplish „write once run anywhere‟ • Can share across iOS, Android and Windows (WPF, Windows 8, Windows Phone)
HOW DO YOU DECIDE?
Questions to ask … • Do you really need a native app? Is mobile optimized satisfy requirements? • Native required then what platforms are your customers on? • Is there a BYOD strategy in your organization? • What are your development teams strengths? Web/.NET/Java etc • Will customers accept an app that „does not feel native to platform‟? • Do you require platform integration such as gestures, notifications, GPS, camera?
Questions to ask … (con‟t) • Do you require offline functionality? • How does your app get discovered? – Enterprise app – you tell them where to get it. – Consumer app – they have to find you, they usually use web • Maintainability – easier to update a web app than a native/hybrid/runtime app • Costs – – – – Least - develop mobile optimized site Mid – develop hybrid app Mid 2 – Runtime app, share code, unique UI Most – Pure native apps (write for every platform)
Thank you & Questions! Mark Arteaga | Founder @RedBitDev @MarkArteaga firstname.lastname@example.org www.markarteaga.com www.RedBitDev.com
THANK YOU & QUESTIONS!
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