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    Cross-Platform Mobile Engineering Tools

    Cross-Platform Mobile Engineering Tools

    Oleg Illiashenko

    April 22, 2018

    Mobile development has had an inbuilt complication from almost day one if you want to ensure the widest audience possible, and that is the competing platforms. Usually, covering the entire user base means developing for two platforms separately, iOS and Android, adding time and cost to the entire process. However, recently several tools have come to market to streamline the development process by providing cross-platform support. Choosing the wrong tool could be a disaster for your project, so we look at the best four and see where they are best deployed and how effective they can be.


    This is an SDK for hybrid mobile app development, using CSS and JS components built upon AngularJS, SASS and Apache Cordova. It is best used for prototype development or simple client applications, allowing a high percentage of code reuse for both platforms to significantly shorten the overall development process.
    Its main issue is in UI development, where using WebView / UI WebView, and API platforms via special plugins means that developers cannot build Native App UI. When looking at Ionic, it is essential to look at how much of the project functionality is related to the native features of the device.


    Xamarin is a cross-platform used in C# and .NET Framework, with apps developed inside the Xamarin framework compiled into the native one for each platform. This means high performance and platform-native appearance are easy to achieve. While this allows native UI for each platform and its advantages, it also reduces the amount of code that can be reused across platforms and so takes longer to develop than a tool like Ionic.


    Using the Google-developed Dart Language, this cross-platform development tool is particularly suited to multithreading applications, and it can achieve good FPS in suitable apps. However, the framework is still an Alpha build, with no information about likely releases for stable versions; as such, while Flutter shows promise, it needs to mature a little before reaching that potential.

    Read our blog about:- “Is Flutter ready for Enterprise mobile apps?

    React Native

    Using the Facebook-owned React framework, this is what you could call a hybrid development tool. It uses a unique bridge for some js-written code to interact with the native written part through a unique bridge. This brings both advantages and disadvantages. It provides excellent interaction with the native capability of the device. However, there are frequent releases, some of which can break features. In addition, it is not reliably cross-platform functional, and you always have to check both platforms because some parameters remain platform-specific.

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    While each tool brings some useful aspects to the development process, there is no one tool that can do everything. Therefore all of them have a place, and for developers, it is important to match the development tool to the requirements of each individual project. As a powerful tool for streamlined data integration, data engineering solutions enable organizations to leverage data-driven insights, make informed decisions, and deliver optimized user experiences across multiple mobile platforms. It ensures seamless data flow and enhances the overall performance and reliability of mobile applications.

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