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Ionic vs Xamarin Forms: What are the differences?

Ionic: A beautiful front-end framework for developing cross-platform apps with web technologies like Angular and React. 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; Xamarin Forms: * A complete cross-platform UI toolkit for .NET developers*. A mobile application framework for building user interfaces.It easily create native user interface layouts that can be shared across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Ionic and Xamarin Forms belong to "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" category of the tech stack.

Ionic is an open source tool with 38.5K GitHub stars and 13.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ionic's open source repository on GitHub.

Accenture, Sellsuki, and Zenefits are some of the popular companies that use Ionic, whereas Xamarin Forms is used by BlueChilli, Rumble, and Incipire, Inc.. Ionic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 393 company stacks & 361 developers stacks; compared to Xamarin Forms, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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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 Forms?

A mobile application framework for building user interfaces.It easily create native user interface layouts that can be shared across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
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      Decisions about Ionic and Xamarin Forms
      Greg Neumann
      Greg Neumann
      Indie, Solo, Developer | 6 upvotes 38.5K views
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      Vue.js
      Vue.js
      Electron
      Electron
      Quasar Framework
      Quasar Framework
      ASP.NET
      ASP.NET
      Xamarin Forms
      Xamarin Forms
      .NET Core
      .NET Core
      Xamarin
      Xamarin

      Finding the most effective dev stack for a solo developer. Over the past year, I've been looking at many tech stacks that would be 'best' for me, as a solo, indie, developer to deliver a desktop app (Windows & Mac) plus mobile - iOS mainly. Initially, Xamarin started to stand-out. Using .NET Core as the run-time, Xamarin as the native API provider and Xamarin Forms for the UI seemed to solve all issues. But, the cracks soon started to appear. Xamarin Forms is mobile only; the Windows incarnation is different. There is no Mac UI solution (you have to code it natively in Mac OS Storyboard. I was also worried how Xamarin Forms , if I was to use it, was going to cope, in future, with Apple's new SwiftUI and Google's new Fuchsia.

      This plethora of techs for the UI-layer made me reach for the safer waters of using Web-techs for the UI. Lovely! Consistency everywhere (well, mostly). But that consistency evaporates when platform issues are addressed. There are so many web frameworks!

      But, I made a simple decision. It's just me...I am clever, but there is no army of coders here. And I have big plans for a business app. How could just 1 developer go-on to deploy a decent app to Windows, iPhone, iPad & Mac OS? I remembered earlier days when I've used Microsoft's ASP.NET to scaffold - generate - loads of Code for a web-app that I needed for several charities that I worked with. What 'generators' exist that do a lot of the platform-specific rubbish, allow the necessary customisation of such platform integration and provide a decent UI?

      I've placed my colours to the Quasar Framework mast. Oh dear, that means Electron desktop apps doesn't it? Well, Ive had enough of loads of Developers saying that "the menus won't look native" or "it uses too much RAM" and so on. I've been using non-native UI-wrapped apps for ages - the date picker in Outlook on iOS is way better than the native date-picker and I'd been using it for years without getting hot under the collar about it. Developers do get so hung-up on things that busy Users hardly notice; don't you think?. As to the RAM usage issue; that's a bit true. But Users only really notice when an app uses so much RAM that the machine starts to page-out. Electron contributes towards that horizon but does not cause it. My Users will be business-users after all. Somewhat decent machines.

      Looking forward to all that lovely Vue.js around my TypeScript and all those really, really, b e a u t I f u l UI controls of Quasar Framework . Still not sure that 1 dev can deliver all that... but I'm up for trying...

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      Reviews of Ionic and Xamarin Forms
      Review ofIonicIonic

      great framework,lots of resources,great community,easy to create UI

      How developers use Ionic and Xamarin Forms
      Avatar of Pascal Malbranche
      Pascal Malbranche uses IonicIonic

      We use Ionic as it is an awesome framework to build mobile hybrid apps with nativ access. Also Ionic has a nice community!

      Avatar of Christian Bryant
      Christian Bryant uses IonicIonic

      Cross-Platform goodness. I am a noob here...learning how to implement Ionic is on the top of my ToDo's

      Avatar of papaver
      papaver uses IonicIonic

      used on a recent project, an internal custom app developed for both ios and android.

      Avatar of Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV
      Grupo Gamma Peninsular, SA de CV uses IonicIonic

      Desarrollo de aplicaciones multi-plataforma con HTML5, JavaScript y CSS3

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      AmericanBibleSociety uses IonicIonic

      We have plans to employ this frontend framework in future apps.

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