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Apache Cordova vs Bootstrap: What are the differences?

What is Apache Cordova? Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is Bootstrap? Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and JS for popular UI components and interactions. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

Apache Cordova and Bootstrap are primarily classified as "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" and "Front-End Frameworks" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Apache Cordova are:

  • Cross-platform (CLI) workflow
  • Platform-centered workflow
  • Hundreds of plugins

On the other hand, Bootstrap provides the following key features:

  • Preprocessors: Bootstrap ships with vanilla CSS, but its source code utilizes the two most popular CSS preprocessors, Less and Sass. Quickly get started with precompiled CSS or build on the source.
  • One framework, every device: Bootstrap easily and efficiently scales your websites and applications with a single code base, from phones to tablets to desktops with CSS media queries.
  • Full of features: With Bootstrap, you get extensive and beautiful documentation for common HTML elements, dozens of custom HTML and CSS components, and awesome jQuery plugins.

"Lots of plugins" is the top reason why over 31 developers like Apache Cordova, while over 1544 developers mention "Responsiveness" as the leading cause for choosing Bootstrap.

Apache Cordova and Bootstrap are both open source tools. It seems that Bootstrap with 134K GitHub stars and 65.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Apache Cordova with 762 GitHub stars and 327 GitHub forks.

Lyft, StackShare, and Vine Labs are some of the popular companies that use Bootstrap, whereas Apache Cordova is used by Die Coder GmbH, BetRocket, and Dial Once. Bootstrap has a broader approval, being mentioned in 7047 company stacks & 1101 developers stacks; compared to Apache Cordova, which is listed in 96 company stacks and 45 developer stacks.

What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo Mobile or Sencha Touch, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
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    What are some alternatives to Apache Cordova and Bootstrap?
    Xamarin
    Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    PhoneGap
    PhoneGap is a web platform that exposes native mobile device apis and data to JavaScript. PhoneGap is a distribution of Apache Cordova. PhoneGap allows you to use standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development, avoiding each mobile platforms' native development language. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device's sensors, data, and network status.
    React Native
    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
    Electron
    With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor.
    Ionic
    Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
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    Reviews of Apache Cordova and Bootstrap
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    pm at 36kr
    Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

    我们团队一直在使用bootstrap,非常简单易用,并且有帮助。支持也很到位,很喜欢!用了4年的时间,会持续的用下去,加油!!Bootstrap!!!

    Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

    We have been using it for the past 3 years and have no complaints

    Review ofBootstrapBootstrap

    Good service with a good price, worth the money.

    How developers use Apache Cordova and Bootstrap
    Avatar of StackShare
    StackShare uses BootstrapBootstrap

    Leanstack was on Bootstrap 2. Chose this because it is wildly popular, so it’s active, has been used a lot in production, and has a ton of features. Anything you need to do from a UI perspective, there’s likely a plugin for it already part of the library. Haven’t tried the others, but we're happy with BS.

    For StackShare, we upgraded to Bootstrap 3. I don’t like that they changed the name of columns, essentially breaking the grid layout for Bootstrap 2 and below, so that was a real pain to update. I hope they don’t do that again. Once we have more bandwidth, we’re totally going to decouple our markup from Bootstrap.

    Avatar of shridhardalavi
    shridhardalavi uses BootstrapBootstrap

    Bootstrap is a framework to help you design websites faster and easier. It includes HTML and CSS based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, tables, navigation, modals, image carousels, etc. It also gives you support for JavaScript plugins. Bootstrap's responsive CSS adjusts to phones, tablets, and desktops Bootstrap is compatible with all modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera)

    Avatar of CloudRepo
    CloudRepo uses BootstrapBootstrap

    We started with a bootstrap based template and then completely rewrote it due to poor design of the template. Using boostrap properly was a great experience - once you learn it and use it properly, it's simple to use and very good at being responsive and adapting to the various screen view.

    Avatar of Perljobs.Ru
    Perljobs.Ru uses BootstrapBootstrap

    I simply bought a "job board" template for the website, which is written using Bootstrap 2. I'm hoping to upgrade the site to Boostrap 3 when I'll have a time.

    Я просто купил шаблон для доски вакансий, написанный на Boostrap 2. Когда будет время перепишу все на Bootstrap 3.

    Avatar of Ujjwal Bhujel
    Ujjwal Bhujel uses BootstrapBootstrap

    With the advancement in CSS, Bootstrap is creating new milestones when it comes to minimising our CSS codes. So elegant and beautiful yet easy and convenient to use once you go through all the classes and its elements. In addition, its JS function is impressive too.

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    papaver uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

    used in conjunction with ionic to build out ios and android app for a client. a little slow to run on devices but saves a ton on development time.

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    Ralic Lo uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

    Used Apache Cordova to package single page web application written HTML/CSS/javascript as a iOS/Android application.

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    MobiBoats uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

    Used with Ionic to support various plugins and integrations with the native environment of iOS and Android.

    Avatar of João Alvarenga
    João Alvarenga uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

    Compilar o webapp, transformando-o em aplicativos nativos

    Avatar of Evan Luc
    Evan Luc uses Apache CordovaApache Cordova

    Cross platform mobile development framework.

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