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The Best Tools For Cross Platform App Development

In the modern day,  mobile applications have integrated themselves as a crucial element of our everyday lives. It’s important for any organization to build an application that can reach as many people as possible. It may seem like platforms may present some real obstacles to reaching your ideal audience, but today, there are more cross platform mobile app platforms designed to help you overcome these barriers. It’s vital for your mobile application to reach users with Android, Apple, and Windows devices. There are two different types of cross platform applications; native cross platform applications, and hybrid HTML5 cross platform applications.


This cross platform app development platform uses C# as its main language, statically typed language with mature tooling and IDE support to help developers build iOS, Microsoft, and Android applications. Because many IT programmers already use C#, a number of large enterprises recommend Xamarin. It boasts strong enterprise credentials through its partnerships with Xoriant, IBM, and Microsoft with back-end integration with Parse, SAP, and Azure. To assist you in getting started with Xamarin, online classes are made available to help you get started.


Appcelerator is an open-source app development platform built for enterprises. By allowing developers to use Javascript to code, a language many developers are already familiar with, Appcelerator bypasses the need to learn new coding languages to develop. Rather than changing HTML DOM, the Javascript code works with the platform’s API. This tool is able to convert roughly 60-90% of written code in an instant, saving developers valuable time. The platform also features a virtual private cloud option, which may catch the attention of those companies that work with highly sensitive data.


Kony’s app development platform is the only one that’s designed for building mobile apps for both enterprises and consumers alike. The platform is open source and standards that supports the enterprise app lifecycle. Developers can leverage the cross-platform Javascript API provided by Kony to build cross channel mobile applications. It provides channel specific API to leverage operating system specific properties, with the the ability to integrate third party libraries.


One of the oldest player’s on this list, SAP recently simplified their MADP offerings through version 3.0 after some concern about its history of confusing solutions. The newest update allows developers to build cross platform applications using simple HTML5 code. The company promises that their mobile app platform won’t require any re-engineering of processes, resources, or any existing infrastructures. The platform also places a strong emphasis on its open source standards and its multi-platform compatibility. SAP also partnered with Cordova to provide benefits for its customers, allowing SAP to access hundreds of Fiori applications on mobile and desktop platforms.


Sencha’s app development platform has a wide range of tools including Architect and IDE plug-ins. Sencha allows developers to code in HTML, which can then be converted into iOS and Andorid formats. Applications built using Sencha’s Touch feature can be used with Apache Cordova/Phone Gap or by using Sencha’s native packager. Either of these packaging methods will allow for access to select device level APIs that are unavailable to traditional applications. Sencha Touch also offers MVC style architecture, an extensive API, and an entire library of UI components.

Doug Atkinson

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