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The Pros And Cons Of Designing Cross-platform Applications

Author : Amy Patrix

Mobile applications and a mobile strategy are no more a luxury for businesses and organizations. In today’s competitive environment it’s a necessity for businesses to have a solid mobile strategy that can help them in tapping into the vast mobile user base. One of the biggest challenges for organizations is to decide whether they need a single-platform application or a multi-platform application. There are a lot of factors involved that must be properly thought on before choosing the development platform.

Some of the pros of using cross-platform framework for developing mobile apps are as mentioned below:

Reusability of the Code: Cross platform frameworks allow developers to write the code once and then use whatever part they want in some other or future projects.

Easy availability of plug-ins: There are many plugins and modules available for cross platform frameworks that allow developers to easily integrate other services and tools.

Easy to use: As most of these frameworks are dynamic or based on scripting languages therefore developers are always comfortable with such technologies. Further, most frameworks also allow HTML5 and CSS3 for designing purposes and these are some of the most favorite technologies of developers.

Cost effective: Developing an application that can be executed on all the major mobile platforms is always way cheaper than developing specific applications for every platform.

Support to cloud services: Most of the cross-platform frameworks have the option of directly connecting with the cloud services and other enterprise offered services. These technologies are going to shape the future of the IT world and having support for them is very beneficial.

Quick Deployment of Solutions: Many of the cross-platform frameworks are now using various newly built cloud-based tools. These tools are very effective in deploying quick and effective solutions.

Some of the cons of using cross-platform frameworks are:

Chances of unsupported features: Of-course there are always chances that some features of an operating system may not be supported by the framework that you are using. Moreover, if the OS vendor adds a new feature in it then your framework will also require an update to support these changes.

Restricted use of personal tools: Frameworks have their own development tools that they want the developers to use. Therefore, in such development scenarios developers might have to forgo their own tools and work with something that they are not familiar or comfortable with.

Possibility of slow performance: One of the major disadvantages with cross-platform frameworks is that sometimes the applications developed on them might not run as fast as expected. You might end up with a slightly slower app.

Limited support for 3D and high quality graphics: Often the cross-platform frameworks do not offer support for high quality graphics and 3D graphics. However, there are some game specific development platforms such as Unity that allow developers to come over such obstacles.

Vendor restrictions: Frameworks are usually built through their own personal set of JavaScript. This restricts the developers from switching from one platform to another without making a lot of changes in the code.

Cross mobile application development has its own benefits and limitations. Businesses and organizations should think upon each factor before choosing any mobile strategy for their requirements.

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Amy Patrix is a mobile application developer at Xicom Technologies, A prominent Mobile application development company and an offshore software Development company. Amy also manage to gives guest lectures in colleges for Mobile Application Development when ever he gets time.

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