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Apache Cordova

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Ionic

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Xamarin

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Decisions about Apache Cordova, Ionic, and Xamarin
Pierre Canthelou
Lead Developper Frontend/Mobile at WinMinute | 5 upvotes 路 6.2K views

I've made 6 professional/business applications with React Native before choosing Flutter/Dart for the new version of WinMinuteConso (historical in Ionic...). Multi Platform is far more stable, Dart is far more powerful, the whole process is really better... It is just hard to find the proper software architecture...

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Thuan Nguyen
FE Lead at SOLID ENGINEER | 5 upvotes 路 198K views
  • Javascripts is the most populated language in the world.
  • Easy to learn & deployed production
  • Fast development
  • Strong community
  • Completed Documents
  • Native performance with lower RAM used.
  • Easy to handle native issues by using native code like Java / Objective C
  • Powered by Facebook.
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awesomebanana2018
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FlutterFlutter
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IonicIonic

While with Ionic it is possible to make mobile applications with only web technologies, Flutter is more performant and is easy to use if you are willing to learn Dart, which is a fun language. Plus, it has awesome documentation and, while its ecosystem isn't near as big as JavaScript's is, it has a good package manager called Pub and its packages are generally high quality.

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Pros of Apache Cordova
Pros of Ionic
Pros of Xamarin
  • 39
    Lots of plugins
  • 33
    JavaScript
  • 25
    Great community
  • 22
    Easy Development
  • 17
    Easy to learn
  • 14
    Cross platform
  • 6
    Open Source
  • 5
    Lots of descendants; PhoneGap, Ionic, Intel XDA etc
  • 5
    Easy, fast, not buggy in my experience with my code
  • 3
    Rich HTML 5
  • 3
    Can use CSS3
  • 2
    Easy debugging
  • 2
    Rich css ui
  • 2
    Fast and hot reload
  • 2
    Need a light system
  • 2
    Use what you code in your browser
  • 2
    HTML, CSS and JS
  • 1
    One code base everywhere
  • 1
    Native Web Technologies
  • 1
    Without extra tooling needed
  • 245
    Allows for rapid prototyping
  • 225
    Hybrid mobile
  • 208
    It's angularjs
  • 183
    Free
  • 178
    It's javascript, html, and css
  • 108
    Ui and theming
  • 76
    Great designs
  • 74
    Mv* pattern
  • 70
    Reuse frontend devs on mobile
  • 64
    Extensibility
  • 31
    Great community
  • 28
    Open source
  • 22
    Responsive design
  • 20
    Good cli
  • 13
    Angularjs-based
  • 13
    Beautifully designed
  • 13
    So easy to use
  • 12
    Widgets
  • 11
    Allows for rapid prototyping, hybrid mobile
  • 11
    Typescript
  • 10
    Quick prototyping, amazing community
  • 10
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Angular2 support
  • 7
    Fast, easy, free
  • 7
    Because of the productivity and easy for development
  • 7
    So much thought behind what developers actually need
  • 7
    Base on angular
  • 6
    Super fast, their dev team is amazingly passionate
  • 6
    Easy to use
  • 6
    It's Angular
  • 4
    UI is awesome
  • 4
    Hot deploy
  • 3
    Material design support using theme
  • 3
    Amazing support
  • 3
    It's the future
  • 3
    Angular
  • 3
    Allow for rapid prototyping
  • 3
    Easy setup, development and testing
  • 3
    Ionic creator
  • 2
    User Friendly
  • 2
    It's angular js
  • 2
    Complete package
  • 2
    Simple & Fast
  • 2
    Fastest growing mobile app framework
  • 2
    Best Support and Community
  • 2
    Material Design By Default
  • 2
    Cross platform
  • 2
    Documentation
  • 2
    Because I can use my existing web devloper skills
  • 2
    Removes 300ms delay in mobile browsers
  • 1
    1
  • 1
    Native access
  • 1
    Typescript support
  • 1
    Ionic conect codeigniter
  • 1
    Fast Prototyping
  • 1
    All Trending Stack
  • 119
    Power of c# on mobile devices
  • 79
    Native performance
  • 76
    Native apps with native ui controls
  • 70
    No javascript - truely compiled code
  • 66
    Sharing more than 90% of code over all platforms
  • 44
    Ability to leverage visual studio
  • 43
    Many great c# libraries
  • 42
    Mvvm pattern
  • 35
    Amazing support
  • 33
    Powerful platform for .net developers
  • 18
    GUI Native look and Feel
  • 14
    Nuget package manager
  • 11
    Free
  • 9
    Enables code reuse on server
  • 9
    Backed by Microsoft
  • 8
    Faster Development
  • 7
    It's free since Apr 2016
  • 7
    Best performance than other cross-platform
  • 7
    Easy Debug and Trace
  • 7
    Open Source
  • 7
    Use of third-party .NET libraries
  • 6
    Xamarin.forms is the best, it's amazing
  • 6
    Mac IDE (Xamarin Studio)
  • 5
    C# mult paradigm language
  • 4
    Microsoft backed
  • 4
    Microsoft stack
  • 4
    Power of C#, no javascript, visual studio
  • 4
    That just work for every scenario
  • 3
    Small learning curve for Mobile developers
  • 3
    Compatible to develop Hybrid apps
  • 3
    Great docs
  • 2
    Ionic
  • 2
    Well Designed
  • 1
    Ability to leverage legacy C and C++

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Cons of Apache Cordova
Cons of Ionic
Cons of Xamarin
  • 2
    No native performance
  • 1
    Hard to install
  • 0
    Hard to install
  • 20
    Not suitable for high performance or UI intensive apps
  • 15
    Not meant for game development
  • 1
    Not a native app
  • 8
    Build times
  • 4
    Visual Studio
  • 3
    Complexity
  • 3
    Price
  • 3
    Scalability
  • 2
    Nuget
  • 2
    Build Tools
  • 2
    Maturity
  • 2
    Support
  • 0
    Maturidade
  • 0
    Performance

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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 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.

What is Xamarin?

Xamarin鈥檚 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鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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What are some alternatives to Apache Cordova, Ionic, and Xamarin?
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.
Flutter
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Capacitor
Invoke Native SDKs on iOS, Android, Electron, and the Web with one code base. Optimized for Ionic Framework apps, or use with any web app framework.`
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