The current mobile development platform market has numerous players. Many website development technology heavyweights joined the league with a different name and captured the market. Parallel to them, umpteen emerging technologies are also making their way to fit into every smartphone and give a high-end user experience.
Out of all, two technologies that stand at the summit are Xamarin and Ionic. And today in this blog, we are going to follow stories of two mobile app development experts to figure out, which technology can give you an edge over the other.
Ionic App Development is based on a revolutionary open source technology that is powering mobile applications. It comes with a dynamic structure on the top of Angular Js and Apache Cordova. The concept of hybrid cross platform apps was a development of Ionic framework. On the other hand, Xamarin is a product of Microsoft and it is a cross platform implication of CLI and MS.NET. This technology uses C# and claims to offer dynamic mobile application.
Choosing one out of these two is a task not less than going through the clash of titans. So, let us compare both these technologies and check out, which performs better when it comes to deliver a high end mobile application with a simplified structure on a neat code base and an intuitive UI/UX. First, let’s check out the grounds of both the technologies,
The Two Superior Quality Platforms
Ionic 2 – Powerful Across The Platforms
“When we started, we just wanted to create a better way for web developers to use their existing skill sets to build apps for the app stores. But we aren’t satisfied with Ionic yet. With Ionic 2, we’ve gone back to square one and completely rethought how a mobile toolkit should work”
-Max Lynch, CEO and Co-Founder of Ionic.
Ionic 2 is better than great for Cross platform. The crucial most aspect of any good quality mobile application is the features and user interface that it renders. Ionic comes with a neat and reusable code base that drives the app flow in a systematic and user-friendly manner. Such code base work in synchronization with a rich graphics, that enables your mobile app to develop an excellent user experience and interface. Building base of Angular JS and Apache Cordova also help the app to load faster and react promptly to user commands.
Xamarin: Versatile, Native for Original Apps
Xamarin is based on C# framework and it outperforms for native applications. It helps you to design XIBs, Android layout files, storyboard with the studio tool of Xamarin and instead of operating on Java or Swift, it allows you to write codes directly in C#. Same goes with iOS XIBs and storyboards that you can design in XCode of Xamarin. With it, you can access native frameworks easily with this technology. The codes that are not in sync with UI, are shareable with iOS and Android projects. But all the powers of Xamarin can be felt only on native applications and confines you on cross platforms.
Reality Check with Stories of Two Developers
Development with Ionic
Stepan Hilbert, a well experienced full stack developer who is working on various technologies for years, shared his experience of building a cross platform app with Ionic 2. The technology impressed him and showed developer friendliness, enabled him to meet all client’s requirements. With Ionic App Development, he found angular mightier than the Angular JS. Crucial sideline components also worked well as TypeScript performed friendlier to Java, Flex developer and C# also empowers the app to adhere to the code base and maintain high code standards.
According to him, “Should you consider jumping onboard Ionic 2 now? Absolutely. Think about what your most complex user interface should look like and see if Ionic has an out-of-the-box solution for you,” Stepan said.
Development with Xamarin
Another experience belongs to a .Net developer Nanji, who holds more than a decade of experience in .Net development. While managing a mobile app development project, he worked on an Android native mobile app development with Xamarin. He was using domain and data layers of the existing iOS with Xamarin.
He says that Xamarin is faster for development as it develops applications using Visual Studio, which is one of best tool for development. It is available in both, Windows as well as Mac. The native controls of Xamarin helped him to give native look and feel to the app. Moreover, the precompile mechanism also empowers the app with vibrant features and accelerates the development process to minimizing the development time.
Xamarin assisted them with common controls between Android, iOS and Windows that works with native control in executing the files. His team was also able to add native functionalities like payment integration and push notifications. Nanji says, “I still don’t believe in Cross Platforms and I would probably stick to native development. Xamarin visual studio clubbed gives native control to make the application OS friendly and stick to the basic platform features.”
So, putting aside all the features list and different quadrant, these are the two experiences of two experienced developers with both the technologies. According to their experience, the Ionic app development gives you a better edge along with cost advantage for cross platform app. Parallel to that, to develop a dynamic native app with native attributes and unbreachable security, Xamarin stands as the best choice.