Ionic vs. Xamarin vs. J2ObjC

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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’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.

What is J2ObjC?

J2ObjC is an open-source command-line tool from Google that translates Java code to Objective-C for the iOS (iPhone/iPad) platform. This tool enables Java code to be part of an iOS application's build, as no editing of the generated files is necessary. The goal is to write an app's non-UI code (such as data access, or application logic) in Java, which is then shared by web apps (using GWT), Android apps, and iOS apps.

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Why do developers choose Ionic?
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Why do developers choose Xamarin?
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Why do developers choose J2ObjC?
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What are the cons of using Ionic?
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What are the cons of using Xamarin?
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What are the cons of using J2ObjC?
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How much does Ionic cost?
How much does Xamarin cost?
Xamarin Pricing
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What companies use Ionic?
528 companies on StackShare use Ionic
What companies use Xamarin?
99 companies on StackShare use Xamarin
What companies use J2ObjC?
4 companies on StackShare use J2ObjC
What tools integrate with Ionic?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Ionic
What tools integrate with Xamarin?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Xamarin
What tools integrate with J2ObjC?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with J2ObjC

What are some alternatives to Ionic, Xamarin, and J2ObjC?

  • React Native - A framework for building native apps with React
  • Apache Cordova - Platform for building native mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • PhoneGap - Easilily create mobile apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • NativeScript - Build truly native apps with JavaScript

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