My Experience What Is Hybrid App Development?


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What is hybrid app development?
A hybrid mobile application is basically a web application which can run in a thin native container and as such can use the functionality of both web and mobile worlds.

A native application is a software that is designed to run on a particular device. The mobile applications are mostly native in nature. They are designed also for Android or iOS devices. So, a native app is one which is designed for a precise device or platform.

Web applications, on the other hand, make use of the client-server structural design. The client usually runs on a web browser and sends requests to a web server over the internet.

What is hybrid app and how to develop it? A hybrid application is built using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript are efficient of some offline functionality and can use your device’s camera, calendar, geo location, contacts and more. The mobile offers what is known as the Web View for running your hybrid application? It is a mini web browser or simply put, a chrome-less browser. It lets you display and cooperate with web pages.

To the layman, it is tough to distinguish between a mobile application and a hybrid application. On an Android platform, a Web View has all the features of a browser like a history, cookies, HTML5, JavaScript maintenance and more. On an iOS, a Web View may have tap highlights and touch callouts.

Also, the virtual keyboard will hold the Next and Previous button. There is a transformation in the scrolling momentum of a Web View and a native view on an iOS. A network analysis tool can be used to identify whether the application is a hybrid one in iOS.Many mobile app development companyfollows the hybrid technique.

Some important tools available for hybrid app development

  1. Phone Gap (Apache Cordova) – It is the most common mobile hybrid app development tool. It used to be in the past called Phone Gap and later renamed Apache Cordova. It is a free and open source framework. It lets you develop applications using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. It does not make use of any platform-specific APIs. The resulting application is neither totally native nor web-based hence the name hybrid applications. The HTML5 and various plugins let the application access the various features of the phone like the camera, contacts, and others. It is sustained by almost all platforms like android, iOS, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian to name a few. Phone Gap spontaneously converts the files uploaded to websites to App files.

  1. Sencha Space – It offers a secure and managed environment to develop applications for any mobile platform. It provides several cross-platform development tools.
  2. io – It uses JavaScript API which lets you access the device camera, contacts, and other functionalities. In adding to this, it contains a cloud-based service which lets you compile the application for each mobile operating system.
  1. IBM Work light – It is an open and advanced platform for developing hybrid applications. It lets you build applications for many operating systems. It is an Eclipse-based IDE and uses SDKs for various development platforms.
  1. Ionic Framework – It is an open source, free to use web-based platform. It uses Bootstrap3 and Angular Js. Also, it has a wide number of third-party plugins and extensions to aid development.