Top 10 Reasons to choose Ionic framework for mobile app Development

I’ve been in the HTML5, CSS, Typescript/Javascript and Cordova (basically Hybrid) mobile App development for over 2 years now. I used ionic v1 and started using ionic 2, since it was in beta. So I decided to make this small and precise post “Reasons to choose Ionic framework for mobile app Development”.

When, I first saw the Ionic Framework and played around with it a bit, I realised this was the missing piece of the (hybrid) puzzle! It had all the native-like UI components and view transitions built into the framework for both iOS and Android, making it a breeze for developers to build hybrid apps. It supported Android and iOS using Ionic Native and Cordova modules. Subsequently it has evolved to support windows Platform, Browser Platforms and Progressive Web Apps out of the box.

Enough background, Now follows Top 10 Reasons, Why choose Ionic framework mobile app Development.

1. Ionic Framework is Completely FREE, Open Source and Well Backed.

Ionic Framework is completely free and Open Source to use. The complete source code is available on GitHub.

Being open source, there is such small barriers to entry. Anybody around the world can start creating Mobile Apps with An idea, A computer and an Internet connection. With powerful frameworks like Ionic provided free, almost anybody can create things that can change their lives and the lives of others. Just Imagine, If you had to pay Money for a license for such frameworks, then It would become very difficult to even getting started.

It is well backed by Investors, Its Parent Company and Community Force, and is not likely to get Abandoned (as it happens to many open source projects). Its very strong argument to count as Reasons to choose Ionic framework for mobile app Development.

2. Its base is Angular (Supported and Maintained by Google in open source)

Again the base of ionic is Angular, currently running Angular 4, and planned in pipeline 5, 6, ….. and more. Basically, Ionic extends Angular with a bunch of stuff to make building mobile apps with Angular super easy. Angular is one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks in use today and is backed by Google.

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3. Ionic feels like “Native”, when using the Mobile App.

Ionic is fast, smooth and responsive. It has everything built in to perform fast and efficiently on a mobile device. Some of the notable points to consider would be –

  • Handles the “dreaded tap delay” by default. Also use ‘tappable’ directive
  • Large lists scroll smoothly (Recycles and reuses DOM elements)
  • Built in hardware accelerated animations.
  • Most common components, like tabs, side menu are prebuilt and work very well.
  • Recent updated like Lazy loading, Ahead of Time (AOT) compilation make drastic improvements.
  • Angular Production mode, make it really really responsive and fast even on web broweser platforms.
  • And many more under the hood…..

4. Supports Android, iOS, Windows, Progressive Web Apps, and Browser Platform.

Ionic runs in the Web-View and provides native functionality for Android, iOS and Windows. It has evolved to provide Progressive Web application support. Support for Progressive Web Apps is build into the Ionic Framework out of the Box.

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5. Support for Cordova Plugins, Ionic Native Plugins and NPM Modules

Ionic provides more than 100 modules for accessing the Native functionality of Mobile Devices. Native functionality like Camera, Contacts, Phone Features, SMS, Photos, Gallery, Network features, Bluetooth and WiFi are provided with easy to use and consistent APIs/Interfaces.

These Modules are being currently provided to support Android, IOS and Windows platforms. And eventually will be enhanced to support Progressive Web Apps in Mobile Browsers and Desktop Web Browsers.

If some functionality is not available in Native modules, and available via NMP modules in open source community, same can be integrated easily by installing NPM modules.

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6. Beautiful Default UI That Is Easy to Customise and Enhance

Ionic provides easy to use, ready made Web components (UI Building Blocks) like lists, tabs, Side Menu, Cards, Buttons, Selects etc. It also allows any ready made components to be used from Angular Framework.

Custom components and pipes can also be created for Enhanced functionality. Good thing is that these UI Components are reusable and can be shared with the community and used in other projects.

Notable Components and Building Blocks:

  • Side Menu and Tabs (Starter Templates).
  • Cards, List
  • Alerts, Selects, Modals
  • Popover, Radio, Range
  • Icons and Buttons
  • Inputs

The components can be highly customised, using simple defines in central theme files.

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7. Tools Development Tools

Ionic Provides and Free and Paid Development tools. Good thing is, complete App can be developed, Debugged and Deployed only using free tools. Ionic Does not block you from doing that.

Ionic Provides Free ionic CLI tool, which gets installed by default when you install ionic.

$ ionic --help
  Usage:

    $ ionic <command> [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [<args>] [options]
    $ ionic [--confirm] [--no-interactive] [--yarn] [--no-timeout]

  Global Commands:

    docs ..................... Open the Ionic documentation website
    info ..................... Print system/environment info
    login .................... Login with your Ionic ID
    signup ................... Create an Ionic account
    start .................... Create a new project
    telemetry ................ Opt in and out of telemetry

  Project Commands:

    generate ................. Generate pipes, components, pages, directives, providers, and tabs (ionic-angular >=
                               3.0.0) (alias: g)
    link ..................... Connect your local app to Ionic
    serve .................... Start a local dev server for app dev/testing
    upload ................... Upload a new snapshot of your app
    cordova build ............ Build (prepare + compile) an Ionic project for a given platform
    cordova compile .......... Compile native platform code
    cordova emulate .......... Emulate an Ionic project on a simulator or emulator
    cordova platform ......... Manage Cordova platform targets
    cordova plugin ........... Manage Cordova plugins
    cordova prepare .......... Transform metadata to platform manifests and copies assets to Cordova platforms
    cordova resources ........ Automatically create icon and splash screen resources
    cordova run .............. Run an Ionic project on a connected device
    package build ............ Start a package build
    package download ......... Download your packaged app
    package info ............. Get info about a build
    package list ............. List your cloud builds

Ionic Provides Free Project Starters. Starters for Blank App, Tabs and Side Menu.

ionic start myApp blank
ionic start myApp tabs
ionic start myApp sidemenu

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Starters can be bought/Downloaded from the Ionic App store Also:

https://market.ionic.io/starters

8. Tools Products and Cloud Services

Ionic Also provides both Paid and Free services, which out of the Box integrate with your Project or require minimal effort on part of integration.

Tools and Services are provided for Design & prototyping, Device testing & feedback, Device testing & feedback, Native cloud builds.

Ionic Also provides Cloud services for your App backend,

References:
http://ionicframework.com/products/

9. The Community Is Active and Awesome

Blogs, forums, YouTube channels and many for, dedicated to talking and discuss Ionic Application Developmentfor your next mobile app. Every programmer needs help at some point in time, and this community is huge to provide that. Even the founders pitch in to provide their support and expertise.

Ionic Stats:

  • More than 5 MILLION DEVELOPERS
  • More than 100 MEETUP GROUPS
  • More than 30,000 GITHUB STARS
  • More than 30,000 S.O. QUESTIONS

These stats are increasing as the time passing by.

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10. The Core Development Team Is Awesome

Core Development Team of Ionic is very experienced, Active and can be approached for any need.

https://github.com/ionic-team/ionic/graphs/contributors

Summary

This concludes my post on “Reasons to choose Ionic framework for mobile app Development”.

I think it’s pretty clear Ionic is the dominant Hybrid mobile development framework today and is well positioned to continue its domination and become even better in the future.

 

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