[Guest Post] Top JavaScript Frameworks For Mobile Apps

The mobile app industry is huge and seeing its possibilities, developers are in full swing to widen the scope of their expertise. They are ready to play around different tools, frameworks, and languages to expand their app’s user base. The use of web technologies has brought an interesting shift with the way webmasters are coming forward to create applications while unleashing their full potential. They are moving beyond the issues which restrict their capabilities of building a robust native mobile app.

Gone are the days when developers had to be proficient in Objective C, .NET, Java to build mobile applications. Now, there are better ways to build a native (hybrid) app even if you are only familiar with HTML5. There are new players like Firefox OS, Tizen, Ubuntu Phone in the market which allow you to code native apps using HTML5.

PhoneGap is a cool technology that allow you to develop native apps, while providing you complete freedom to code using web technologies. Using a PhoneGap like product, you’ll be able to build and deploy your app on a variety of platforms.

However using only PhoneGap don’t provide you a mobile application framework which ease the app development using patterns or UI widgets. So, here is a list of some exceptionally reliable frameworks which make development fast and easy.


jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile is a JavaScript framework that any mobile developer can easily vouch for. It’s a great framework and is praised for its reliable widget library that allows you to convert semantic markup into a comprehensible format. It features a very lightweight code base accompanied by a great deal of graphical elements. It contains a large collection of UI elements.


Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch

One of the leading JavaScript frameworks available. It comes packed with a feature-rich widget library and is powered by Ext JS library. The framework can be used for developing mobile apps for a number of operating systems, such as Android, iOS, Kindle, Blackberry. It also boasts a friendly API structure, better MVC, options for animation effects, with native packaging, to make development easier and faster.


Ratchet

Ratchet

Originally used by Twitter for creating rapid prototyping, Ratchet is a high-performing framework which boasts a handy collection of user interface and JavaScript plugins to help you build enthralling applications.


Ionic

Ionic

One of the youngest frameworks available, Ionic is a built over the top of leading AngularJS from Google and Apache Cordova. Ionic makes use of AngularJS to help you create application structure. It also lets you focus on creating user interface. The combined power of Angular.js and the uniques of Ionic together enable you develop high-end mobile applications.



jQTouch

jQTouch

If you are familiar with the ins and outs of jQuery Mobile, then using jQTouch won’t be difficult for you. It’s a smart framework which features a widget library coupled with semantic markup conversion. It also gives you an access to a wide variety of tools, including Sass or Compass to help you enhance the appearance of your app.


Junior

Junior

Junior is a front-end developing framework which lets you build cross-platform HTML5 mobile applications easily. The framework depends on external libraries such as modernizer, zepto, zepto flickable, backbone, and lodash and allows developers to create mobile apps with a native look and feel.


Jo

Jo

Jo is a framework for anyone looking to build mobile applications for Tizen and Chrome OS. It also comes with a starter, that is built over the top of CSS, making it extremely easy for any developer to start developing applications comfortably. Jo can also be used with Cordova or PhoneGap to render your app on a variety of platforms.


Lungo

Lungo

Lungo is simple to use and lightweight framework powered by HTML5. Developers love this framework for its number of default styles which you can use to kick start your development process. Further, it also comes packed with multiple JavaScript API to control the functioning of your app. It supports platforms such as iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Firefox OS.


Famo.Us

Famo.Us

Famo.Us is a mobile app framework that is aimed at eliminating the flaws of performance issues of HTML5 by providing a lightweight JavaScript engine. The framework is still evolving and will bring more robust features in the future such as cloud-based service package and more.


And that’s all! I hope you like the collection and will choose the framework that best suits your needs and development skills.

About the Author

Amanda Cline is a programmer who has helped companies gain momentum with their small and large scale projects. If you need to hire a PHP web developer then simply get in touch with Amanda via Twitter. she has also written interesting and informative articles on Custom Software Development, Web Application Development etc. She is currently working for Xicom Technologies Ltd, a leading Web Development Outsourcing Company.


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