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Integrating Alpha Anywhere With PhoneGap Build: The Why and How of It?

Thursday, 4 February, 2016

App Development is no longer a buzzword and has become one of the most important mainstream components. Simply put, having a mobile app is a necessity that is getting difficult to ignore for businesses and individuals. After all, 60 percent of digital media time is spent on apps.

When you decide on developing an application, you’ll to choose between a native app or a hybrid application. The hybrid or native app debate is not new, however, choosing the right option to play a vital part in a project’s success and failure.

While building a native application is an excellent choice for users wanting to have a dedicated iOS or Android app, but for creating a cross-platform app, you need to opt for a hybrid app. The majority of users prefer creating a hybrid app over the native one since the former helps provide the advantage of a web application and device features.

Besides, several tools such as PhoneGap helps in performing hybrid application development in a breeze. But the agenda of this post isn’t merely discussing the differences between native and hybrid app. Instead, I would like to cover information about the integration of new software called Alpha Anywhere with the PhoneGap Build.

But Before We Start

Let’s talk about what is PhoneGap Build. As you may know, Adobe’s PhoneGap helps save time and money in comparison to native application development. However, it still needs to work with SDKs – that consumes a lot of time and requires expertise in setting up. To reduce the time spent in setting up the SDK, PhoneGap Build was created.

What is Alpha Anywhere?

In order to automate PhoneGap Build and save even more time in developing cross-platform apps, a new software Alpha Anywhere is integrated with it. Below are the  key points that will help you understand how the integration of Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build can save enormous amount of time:

  1. Alpha helps in locating the PhoneGap Plugins that you may need and add them to your project automatically.
  2. It helps users access the apps created using the inbuilt manager screen quickly.
  3. Alpha enables you to produce icons and splash screens in the app for all the main platforms according to desired resolutions and more.

Let us now discuss the main advantages (as discussed above) that Alpha Anywhere integration offers in detail:

1. Managing Plugins Becomes a Breeze

Plugins let your HTML5 apps interact with the device hardware to get access to the files, Geolocation, etc. At present, Alpha Anywhere comes with 72 built-in plugins and several other plugins are in the development phase. So, you don’t need to find out the plugins yourself, and rather can locate them by getting the checkbox next to the plugins checked as shown in the image below:
Alpha Anywhere for PhoneGap

2. PhoneGap Apps Are Easily Accessible

Developers just need to login to their PhoneGap Build account right from the IDE, and they get the ability to create an entirely new business application, update already existing app, or delete an app on PhoneGap Build.

What’s more? You can view all of the PhoneGap Build apps listed in the PhoneGap App Manager. The app manager comes with buttons that showcase the QR codes that enables users to install the business app on their mobile device for testing instantaneously.

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3. Generate App Icons and Splash Screens Quickly

Another great benefit of Alpha Anywhere is that you can produce all of your application icons, as well as, splash screens automatically. Also, splash screens work well with all of the supported platforms and at needed resolutions. This helps in handling device displays, such as: retina and non-retina. Performing this process can take an entire day, however, Alpha let you pick required images, and get the task done in just minutes.

4. Access to “Pre-written” and “Tested” PhoneGap Code

Lastly, Alpha Anywhere contains written and tested code that can be used for extending your plugin features. Below are some examples that will demonstrate this process:

Images: Alpha Anywhere allows to access the “exif “data of your device pictures, which includes details of where the image was clicked, the camera orientation at the time when the photo was taken and other data.

The File System: Alpha comprises of code that enables you to work with the massive amount of data (more than 5MB) in the offline mode. For this purpose, Alpha make use of a simple/complex nested database query when the device is connected to a network. For example, a product catalog or selecting a customer account to access mobile field in the online mode may be sporadic or such functionality might not be available.

Audio: If you need to build an app with functionalities such as voice dictation and audio capture, you can find the Alpha code to include such features. The best part is that the code is saved in a standard format, making it run on various platforms like iOS, Android, and many others. Also, the code can help in controlling compression for saving storage space, lets you control functions required for audio recording.

Summing Up!

Integrating Alpha Anywhere with PhoneGap Build is an excellent approach to performing mobile app development, as it lessens the amounts of time needed while setting up the SDK and during the beginning phase of app development. Also, it helps shorten the time you’ll have to invest in iterative development of an application to fix any bugs and to enhance features. Hope that the post will provide you a good understanding of the benefits of integrating Alpha Anywhere software with PhoneGap Build.

This guest article was written by Ella Cooper, who works in a leading web development company as a programmer. Apart from programming she has a penchant for writing and thus she shares her development experience through blogging.

Ground rules for implementing slider in mobile applications

Friday, 13 February, 2015

There is no dearth of mobile applications in the app stores, however, only a few of them are able to create a buzz and others get flopped. Thus, if you are interested in creating a surefire application that goes viral upon its release, you must focus over its superior functions, and intuitive and impressive visual appeal.

As far as, the design patterns are concerned, there are several options available in the market. While diving deep into the topic, you will observe that there is an overwhelming list of options for each UI element. Thus, it is advisable to streamline your choice by considering the prime goals of your app. In this article, I will unleash various styles of slider that can be integrated in a mobile application while enhancing its overall look and feel, and tips for a better approach.

Significance of Integrating Sliders

A slider can add to the intuitiveness of an application, as it augments the user interaction with an app. A well implemented slider not only makes the app intriguing, but it also facilitates users to precisely enter a value within a specific range. Sliders offer an ultimate way to interact on touchscreens while consuming a little screen space and are easily accessible.

However, unfortunately, getting sliders wrong is quite easy and this can frustrate your users and thus, impact your app success. Therefore, it is imperative to have an insight into different types of sliders and their implementation in mobile apps.

Let’s explore various types of sliders.

sliders in mobile apps
You can scrutinize the sliders broadly into two categories, including single sliders and dual sliders. Single sliders are viable for seeking one value from users and dual sliders are ideal for restricting search filters and form values to a particular range. Both these types of sliders can support either continuous adjustments or discrete adjustments.

The continuous adjustments can be defined as intermediate values in a range. That is, it allows user to choose a transitional value via the slider with a flair; for example, when you want users to input their budget via a slider, continuous adjustments will offer a great solution. On the contrary, if you want to offer an option to choose a value from a predefined set, the discrete adjustments make a viable choice. It represents value within the predefined increments; for instance, giving an option to choose the clothing size, (or shoe size) via a slider.

Pitfalls Related To Sliders And Tips To Triumph Over Them

A slider can be blissful or hateful, it all depends upon the way it has been implemented. Here is a list of helpful tips to prevail the issues that are quite common with sliders in mobile.

1. Provide the actual range instead of arbitrary values:

By including the actual range (that is, the minimum and maximum value), which a user can choose via the slider, you can make the process more clear and intuitive. The actual range, thus, make the search more effective. Like, if you are searching for a dress priced less than $1000, with a slider with a range from $2500 to $6500 for an inventory, it clearly shows that you won’t get anything at desired budget under this window.

2. Showcase the numbers:

By allowing users to view the value (while they are hovering over the slider) will make your slider more useful for mobile devices. Thus, it is advisable to represent the chosen value above the slider, so that it is not covered by the fingertip of a user while accessing the slider.

3. Discrete is better than continuous:

Although, continuous sliders allow users to input an exact value, but using them is a daunting task. Imagine, entering a value while traveling in a bumpy train, you may end dialing a value that is not even feasible in the field. There is no doubt that continuous sliders make inventory-related tasks more efficient and smooth, but observing its real time drawback, it is better to go with discrete sliders. Since, discrete values on a slider makes it easily operable, users can conveniently dial a feasible value.

There is no rocket science involved in implementing the sliders. You just need to understand the exact utilities of different types of sliders. By implementing the best suited slider with an appropriate code without leaving the key objectives of your app behind, you can deliver an ultimate mobile UX. Thus, using a correct type of slider in a precise way can surely delight your users and leverage your business.

This guest article was written by Rick Brown, who is a veteran iPhone app programmer with Mobiers Ltd – a reputed iOS development company. You can avail iOS developers for hire with his best assistance and advices, in case you are looking forward for the same.

Pros & cons of using hybrid mobile app development in your business

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

Consumers often prefer investing their money on stuffs that possess the one-size-fits-all attributes. But, with mobile app development, one can’t follow this approach.

There are basically three approaches that can be followed for developing a mobile application. That is, either you can create a native application that supports a particular mobile platform, a mobile web application (HTML5) or a hybrid application (which is the combination of the other two options).

From a business perspective, it can be said hybrid applications are quite beneficial as they are perfect to target a wider mobile audience base, and they facilitate a cost effective and convenient way that doesn’t require one to create individual applications to reach different mobile platforms. Therefore, if you are looking for a viable option, you might consider hybrid mobile apps as a lucrative choice.

With Hybrid mobile app development, you will get a simple and easy way to code by deploying HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript like programming languages and launch the app for multiple platforms. It helps developers to include more native features as compared to mobile websites, for instance, there are apps like accelerometer, Geo-location, camera, etc. All such amazing, impressive apps can be created without learning or focusing on different platforms.

However, since almost everything (though not all) has certain pitfalls along with benefits, the hybrid mobile app development also exhibits some advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, before beginning the development process, it is worth considering its pros and cons.

Benefits Of Developing A Hybrid Mobile App:

Blending the utile features of both the native mobile apps and mobile web apps, the hybrid mobile apps deliver acoustic performance. Let’s have a look at some of its features.

  1. Offline Usability: Since, hybrid applications store some data offline via the API of a device, it allows users to easily access the application even when they are offline (either due to poor connectivity or data costs). Thus, unlike mobile web apps that limit its usage in the absence of network connectivity or poor signals, hybrid apps offer accessibility independence.
  2. Application Speed: The mobile web apps are a way slower than the hybrid applications. The hybrid mobile apps instantly deliver amazing performance (unless, it’s not featuring any heavy or bulky graphics), as it doesn’t require any network communication.

Pitfalls Of A Hybrid Application:

  1. Degraded Performance Than Native Mobile Apps: Native applications are considered as the best among all, as they are coded specifically for a particular platform. And since, every platform possesses certain specific quirks and foibles, native apps are much better than hybrid as they allow developers to focus on a particular platform.For instance, the iOS and Android are the two most popular and in-demand platforms, which exhibits completely different developing environments. Hence, an expert skilled developer can focus on the requisite platform and deliver an enhanced and smooth performance comparatively.
  2. Unique Features Of A Platform Can’t Be Integrated: Since, every platform possesses certain unique features and functions, hybrid apps can’t access and leverage these different features. Hence, by creating a hybrid app, you might be missing on the best feature of a platform. For instance, by creating a hybrid app for Android, Windows and iOS devices, you can’t integrate the features like widgets in Android, smooth and uninterrupted animated graphics in iOS, and Live Tiles in Windows. Thus, you won’t be able to create an innovative and advanced application, as all the unique features that make these platforms distinct from each other can’t be incorporated in a hybrid application.
  3. Debugging A Hybrid App – A Daunting Task Even For The Most Seasoned Developer: It’s really tough to develop a perfectly running, bug-free application at once; there is always a great probability of having some errors and bugs left after coding. Have you ever wondered that how the debugging of a hybrid application can be accomplished? It could be a daunting task even for the skilled developers, as it involves multiple platforms. On the contrary, the Native app developers have more control over their applications and are well-aware of their app behavior on the platform for which it has been developed. Moreover, with the native app development, developers can fix the bugs in more precise and convenient fashion, as it offers advanced and highly resourceful debugging tools.

Wrapping Up:

Indubitably, developing a hybrid mobile app will allow you to reach a huge group of mobile audience in a cost-effective fashion, but there are certain pitfalls as well. However, the native mobile apps incurs more development cost but, offer more cohesive and better user experience. It is thus advisable to consider the pros and cons of the development approach well in advance before beginning the mobile app development process.

The guest article was written by Lucie Kruger, who is an eminent Senior Content Editor and IT consultant for Mobiers Ltd, a mobile application development company. You can avail Mobile Applications Developer for hire  by getting her best consultations.

15 best cross-platform and cross-device web application development frameworks

Friday, 13 September, 2013

The process of web design has been evolving and rapidly changing with new technologies and practices are being introduced each day. The advancements in electronics in India and around the world have resulted in the introduction of various devices and gadgets that could make your life easier. Whether it’s a smart phone, tablet, laptop, music player, eBook reader, gaming devices, television or even a wrist watch, the user interface or GUI is the deciding factor of its success. Almost all these next-gen gadgets has a built-in web browser through which we can browse the internet. The screen size, resolution, operating system etc. of these devices varies based on its primary use, here arise the basic need for a framework system that can help you in making your website cross-device as well as cross-platform compatible.

Previously we only had to care about different browser types and versions, but now there are so many other things to get mad about while designing a website. It’s not an easy task to make your pages cross-browser, cross-device and cross-platform compatible all at once by hand. Fortunately now we have so many advanced web application development frameworks available for free. These frameworks include all necessary elements that do the trick for you.

Here in this post we have collected around 15 high quality mobile web application development frameworks that can make your website render perfectly across all devices and platforms.

Sencha Touch

sencha touch framework
Sencha touch is the most popular industry-leading mobile application framework which helps developers create powerful web application that works on all platforms such as IOS, android, blackberry, windows etc. Using the advanced possibilities of CSS3 & HTML5 it provides the user with an incredible user experience.

Corona

corona web app framework
Corona is the best cross-platform mobile application development framework if you are looking to develop games, ebooks or any other business applications. Using corona SDK you can very easily create top class mobile applications in quick time. The corona starter SDK starter kit is completely free to download and use.

App Framework – Intel

intel app framework
App Framework is an Intel sponsored cross-platform mobile application framework, which has all its source hosted at gitHub. Intel App Framework consists of three basic modules they are, App Framework, UI and Plugins. Where App framework is a query selector library,  Ui is a UI-UX library for webkit browsers, Plugins consists of plugins built on top of the App Framework. It has a cross-device compatible clean and responsive HTML5 – CSS3 based user interface methodology.

Dojo Mobile

dojo web app framework
Dojo Mobile is another top quality HTML5 javascript web application framework which provides a modern native application look on webkit browsers. It has good support for platforms such as iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and RIM smartphones and tablets. The new Dojo Touch APIs deliver a common set of touch events and the bases for all gestures such as swipe, scroll, pinch, rotate and tap.

Wink

wink mobile framework
Wink is a completely free and lightweight javascript toolkit for developing cool looking mobile web apps. The framework has all the basic functionalities which a mobile developer usually look for. In addition to all these, it has a set of common UI components to make you task easier.

RareWire

rarewire app framework
RareWire is a new generation mobile application framework which provides unique features such as, Content Management, Live App Updates, Collaboration, PDF Rendering, Push Notifications, Extendable API and much more. RareWire has a very simple and user-friendly online editor to help you in the development process.

PhoneGap

phoneGap framework for mobile
PhoneGap is a completely free and open-source mobile web application development framework using which you can easily create world-class web applications for the platforms you care about. It supports all common mobile features such as Accelerometer, Camera, Compass, Geolocation, Media, Storage etc…

Moobile

moobile app framework
Moobile is a mobile app development framework which is built on Mootools. This is a javascript based framewhich which uses HTML5 & CSS3 to enhance the user experience both on android as well as IOS devices. The framework is completely free to download and use.

Fries

fries mobile framework
Using Fries, you could easily create super stunning android like interfaces simply through HTML, CSS and Javascript. There are enough development toolkits for IOS, but this one is exclusively for Android. It is completely free to download and use.

Jo

jo web app framework
Jo is another open-source and free web application framework which lets you create simple but elegant native app look like web applications for IOS, Android, webOS, BlackBerry, Chrome OS & anything else using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript goodness.

KendoUI

kendoUI html5 javascript framework
Kendo UI is comprehensive HTML5 – Javascript app framework for modern application development. It has rich jQuery-based widgets, a simple and consistent programming interface, a rock-solid DataSource, validation, internationalization, a MVVM framework, themes, templates and the list goes on. With Kendo UI you can easily create modern looking lightning-fast websites in a jiffy.

Marmalade

marmalade mobile app
Marmalade is an award-winning, cross-platform, cross-device framework enables developers to reach more platforms and more devices with a single code base very quickly and effectively. The Marmalade SDK ensures greatest performance with minimum development effort. Loads of chart-smashing games rely on Marmalade, from casuals such as ‘Cut the Rope’, ‘Plants vs Zombies’ and ‘Draw Something’ to high-performance titles like ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Need for Speed’, ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’ and many, many more.

ViziApps

viziapps framework
ViziApps lets you create cross-platform compatible high quality web applications with very limited programming knowledge. Using ViziApps, You can create, design, test, and demo any number of your own mobile apps.

Junior

junior app framework
Junior is a front-end web application framework for building HTML5 mobile apps with a native look and feel. It has basic support for features such as CSS3 Transitions, Swipable carousels, backbone.js, Ratchet CSS UI components and much more…

Enyo

enyo web app development
Enyo claims to be one of the best light-weight and fast mobile app development framework. It is completely free to download and use Enyo. You can easily create apps for all major platforms such as IOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry etc.