As a developer coming from a web development background with a partner who’s asking for an immediate mobile application, my best choice was Telerik’s AppBuilder. There are 2 types of mobile app that you can build with AppBuilder. First is a Hybrid Mobile App and second is Native with Nativescript.
Building a Hybrid mobile app with AppBuilder is pretty straightforward, specially if you have Visual Studio 2015 installed on your machine. You just need to install a extension for Visual Studio and your ready. There is a separate IDE but it comes with a price. And since I am on Visual Studio IDE for a very long time, I opted in installing the extension.
After installing the extension, I can now run my code via a built-in simulator.
It just took me a month to complete a full LOB Hybrid Mobile app with AppBuilder. Now we nudged the bar up and move to native development this time with NativeScript.
Why go native with Nativescript? Its much faster than the Hybrid of course and here are the good parts:
- You can apply the same styling as you would on Hybrid and Web apps.
- Wide array of plugins such as camera, calendar, barcode scanner, etc.
- Active community.
- End to End development with AppBuilder. I was able to develop the native app without a mac. Just iTunes for deploying the package on my phone.
I will write a blog later on on how you can build hybrid and native apps with the AppBuilder.
For now, I just want to entice you with the good things that AppBuilder can bring on to your mobile development project.
Right now we are on our third project and we still use Telerik AppBuilder.