29 May How To Choose The Right Framework For Your App
Why is it important to select the correct framework for your app?
The framework is the foundation for your app. It’s kind of important. In fact, it might be the most important choice in the life of your app’s development. But it’s not an easy task to select the right framework. Each and every framework is different and their API’s are all based on different ideas. Here is a list of some of the most popular frameworks: Ionic, React Native, Xamarin, Adobe PhoneGap, Flutter, Corona SDK, JQuery Mobile, Intel XDK, Native Scripts, and Mobile Angular UI. Stay tuned for our next article where we dive deeper into this list and go through the differences (pros and cons) to each of these frameworks and you will see how each is based on a different idea. But for now, what we want to focus on is how to choose them or more importantly what factors should be considered in making the decision to choose the right framework? Here are the top 5 most important questions you need to answer so as to understand which framework to choose.
1.) What is your target platform? Are you going to choose iOS, Android, web-app? Are you going to try both? It all depends on your target audience as to which platform to use. For example, if you are in the United States or Japan you might want to go with iOS as it is the most predominant platform statistically in these countries but in most of Europe, Asia, and South America its predominantly Android.
2.) What “kind” of framework do you need? Are you wanting a native app framework or a hybrid app framework? For native app frameworks, they work on the specific operating system you choose. So, if you go with an iOS-based native app framework it will work seamlessly on iOS compared to Android and vice versa. Hybrid apps are, at the core, websites packaged into a native wrapper so it looks ok on any operating system (android, ios, etc.) but performance will be hindered because the framework is more general than the precision of the native app which is more streamlined for the specific operating system as mentioned above.
3.) What are the functions of your app? This one is very subjective to the particular app you are building but does your app need to (for example) run a lot of videos or no videos at all. Different frameworks will work better with these particular functions. Again, we will dive a little deeper into the functions and differences with each framework in the next article.
4.) What plugins do you need? This is another very subjective question. There all a plethora of plugins that do all sorts of neat and nifty things. You will want to do some research into which plugins you are wanting/needing because some plugins work better or not at all with certain frameworks and it all goes back to the myriad of API creation ideas and how they were created and what ideas they are based on.
5.) How will your app interact with users, other apps, and websites? Again, this goes back to really understanding what you want your app to do and its functions. Does it need to interact with other users, apps, and or websites? Some frameworks do this flawlessly and others really struggle on certain aspects.
If you know the answers to these 5 questions, you will be well on your way to
selecting the best framework for your app’s development. But don’t take too much
time. Frameworks are ever evolving and new features are being added all the time.