While it might be true that equality among human beings is a standard of society we want to reach, mobile apps don’t get such a privilege. If you look closely into an application or its code, there are telltale signs that it was created with a specific environment. This kind of telltale sign gives us insight into the various different environments available for development. Perhaps your business would benefit from one particular development tool better than another one.
Now that we got the snowball rolling, let’s talk development. We’re not going to do the famous Steve Ballmer “developers” chant, but we are going to present you with some mobile app development tools that have each presented a special contribution to the mobile world. If you want an app for your business, choosing the right platform on which to create it might become a burden unless you fully understand all the funky techno babble they present.
But why present app creation platforms with techno babble? Why not make their features easier to understand for people who don’t really put a lot of time hitting the programming books?
One thing to consider, though, is that there’s no “right” tool to choose for every business. There’s only a tool that would meet your specific needs. Now, let’s get down to business and list you some good tools to get your IT pros into:
- PhoneGap – If you’re looking to get your app on different markets and app stores fast, PhoneGap can be an answer to all of these problems. One of the most notable features is its “write once” standard, which allows you to develop an application once and not have to worry about tweaking it for different platforms. PhoneGap gives you an app that works in Windows Phone, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, SymbianOS, and 2 other platforms. This is very comprehensive and a great cost-cutting platform. The only problem is that apps might run a bit less-than-optimally on some platforms.
- Xamarin Mono & MonoTouch – Got people, or are you yourself, accustomed to writing in C#? The C# programming language is a very simple language used in making desktop and web applications, and now can be used to make mobile apps without a hitch. Xamarin gives you Mono for Android and MonoTouch for iOS. This also adds the benefit of allowing you to program in one language for both operating systems and Windows Phone!
- Tiggzi – If you like PhoneGap, but would like to develop apps on the Cloud and harness the power of Aepona’s billing and authentication platform, then you can select Tiggzi. Their mobile app builder lets you flexibly sculpt your application into anything you want, achieving much more than a run-of-the-mill “hello, I’m here” app. They don’t support Windows Phone and BlackBerry yet, but plan to do so in the future.
- AnyPresence – Don’t know how to code at all, and don’t have anyone to do it for you? Use AnyPresence to make apps that you can immediately publish into the Cloud in a jiffy! This platform lets you harness the power of a form-based design system that implements features commonly used in enterprise-level applications with an SMB price tag. This allows you to stop juggling around with other app development utilities and create applications like wildfire.
Whatever you choose, just make sure that your business will benefit best from it. Remember that simpler app creation tools might have limits that may make you uncomfortable. In the end, you must pick a tool according to how complex your app will be. The more tailoring you have to do in the development stage, the more shades of gray start to appear on what you should choose from this list.