Appcelerator vs DreamFactory: What are the differences?
What is Appcelerator? Build network-connected mobile applications across native platforms and the web. Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services.
What is DreamFactory? Open source REST API backend for mobile, web, and IoT applications. DreamFactory is an open source REST API backend for mobile, web, and IoT applications. It provides RESTful web services with pre-built connectors to SQL, NoSQL, file storage systems, and web services. It's secure, reusable, and offers live API documentation.
Appcelerator and DreamFactory belong to "Mobile Backend" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Appcelerator are:
- Library of over 20 pre-built common services that are both proven and robust, to reduce integration time and risk, services such as push notification, status updates, photo storage, and social integration, or create your own custom cloud services.
- Client-side APIs for any development platform (e.g. Titanium, iOS SDK, Android SDK)
- Extensibility enabling you to build your own custom cloud application development services in Node.js on the Appcelerator cloud for all your mobile apps.
On the other hand, DreamFactory provides the following key features:
- REST Any Data Source
- Instant REST APIs and documentation
- Simple administration
"Easy to learn" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Appcelerator, while over 5 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing DreamFactory.
DreamFactory is an open source tool with 952 GitHub stars and 222 GitHub forks. Here's a link to DreamFactory's open source repository on GitHub.
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We were going to roll our own API across our data sources (we use a few) but decided to give DreamFactory a whirl before we did. It basically stopped us needing to write ETL operations by giving us a gateway that let us avoid data duplication and focus on data quality - leaving the data where it resides and calling it as needed via DreamFactory's clever scripting engine. It has a great reputation for app building, but its also been good spreading across our legacy and modern systems to homogenize everything. We're using it now instead of anything homegrown and it saved us quite a few sprints.
DreamFactory makes putting a REST API on top of a database a snap. Put an API on Redshift? No problem.
This has cut development time a ton and been super useful for us. If you're looking for simple SQL reporting into Slack check out something like SQLBot.co, but if you need to put an API on top of your database, DreamFactory's hard to beat.