Ionic Platform- An Open Source Mobile Development Framework

Since the release of Ionic Platform, it has gained a lot of respect in the hybrid & the mobile development community. Its Git repo has more than 20,000 stars, it is updated almost daily, and the Ionic Forum is fairly active. The Ionic team is working hard to make their framework be as efficient, performance and native feeling as can be. Moreover, it’s free and the fan base and support are growing every day. Currently its version 2.0 is still beta and it is definitely on its way to becoming much more fluent.

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Before introducing Ionic Framework, let us brief about the components of this new framework. It consists of three main components:

  • A SaaS-based UI framework designed and optimized for mobile UIs.
  • An AngularJS front-end JavaScript framework used to rapidly build scalable and fast applications.
  • A compiler (Cordova or PhoneGap) for native mobile applications with CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

The Ionic framework is also packed with lots of useful CSS components out-of-the-box. The Ionic Team is providing extensive documentation, examples, and starter videos to help simplify the learning curve and get developers up and running quickly.

Ionic is a complete open-source SDK for hybrid mobile app development. The Ionic framework wraps the AngularJS framework with HTML5+CSS and uses Cordova to access native device functions. Ionic offers great possibilities to build hybrid apps which not only look awesome, but also behave as natural as a native app and rely on one shared code base. And if you a scared of JavaScript, it’s not as bad as you might think.

The Platform provides a set of Angular directives (custom HTML elements) for its own components, making it as easy to use the widgets as writing a line of HTML code. In addition to directives, Ionic uses Angular’s touch recognizers, view animation logic, HTML sanitation, and asynchronous communication. While you can use Ionic straight after cloning or unpacking the library zip, you can also install their Node.js-based CLI through NPM and start quickly with their seed project.

There are a number of advantages with the Ionic:

Advantage:

  • The number one advantage by far though is that it’s cross platform and lets you write the same app once for multiple platforms
  • One source for all the supported platforms (mainly Android and OSX).
  • Main development in html, css and js, which almost all web developers know (or at least the good ones).
  • And being able to use great frameworks like angular, which is embedded in ionic by default.

On a very basic level, Ionic expands AngularJS with a lot of stuff to make creative mobile applications with. Furthermore, Ionic framework shares compatibility with AngularJS, thus, the benefits of AngularJS development can be put to use too. Even though Angular is currently the Ionic’s workhorse, the developers are keeping their (and ours) options open with plans to support other frameworks such as Knockout or EmberJS. Being the dominant HTML5 mobile advancement system at present, it is growing very fast.

Mantra Labs have recently built Ezetap mobile app for one of their clients on Ionic framework. This app generates an invoice for small merchants and takes the payment against it. The app has made easy for small merchants to manage their purchase records, accounts and other data. The app is not only used by smaller merchants, but also by big houses like Deccan Herald, Indian oil, Indane Dominos and others.

In case, you are planning for mobile application development on Ionic framework or have any queries on this framework feel free to approach us on hello@mantralabsglobal.com, our developers are here to clear confusions and it might be a good choice based on your business and technical needs.

 

 

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