25 Tools and Software to Make Mobile Development Easier
To make the task easier, some mobile applications and development tools are discussed here to help you create useful smart phone application. Even if you are not a technical person, you can easily develop mobile apps familiarizing you with these tools.
Having the right set of software before starting the handheld development can save you a lot of hussle. Sometimes you do not really need to re-invent the wheel. In current software era, a lot of freely available software can make you more productive in your day to day work.
Many mobile applications are being developed using plain HTML and CSS since mobile browsers have become smarter. Try these MVC frameworks with rest based services on server side to create highly portable cross platform applications.
jQuery mobile framework is very powerful since it allows you to create and design a single highly interactive web site or application that can work on all popular smartphone, tablet, and desktop platforms.
of iPhone apps. Formation of Layout is quite simple and the appearance is modifiable
with CSS. With the help of coding different parts resembling iOS components can
be easily introduced such as lists, toggles, sliders, buttons, forms, bars. The
download package consists of only the components library and templates.
mobilize.js is an useful HTML5 framework to properly display a regular website on a mobile device. With the help of jQuery Mobile this script can detect the client browser and format any web page for touch optimized display.
Sencha Touch is MVC framework with many useful built-in features for quickly developing cross platform HTML5 mobile applications.
Backbone.js is a JS MVC framework that provides models with key-value binding and powerful event handling features. This project is hosted on github and available as opensource for use.
Native App Generation Platforms (Single Codebase)
The Titanium platform is a extensible development environment that allows you to develop native, hybrid and HTML5 web applications from a single codebase. The supported native mobile platforms are iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry.
Kony provides a development platform that can be used to generate native application for all major mobile operating systems. This platform provides a lot of enterprise integration features for quick mobile presence on various enterprise products like siebel, SAP, PeopleSoft. This also provides easy way to integrate with existing web services.
This is a mobile productivity platform that does a lot of groundwork for enterprise users of mobile application development. This platform provides are lot in built components and features to speed up the mobile app development.
This is another mobile application development platform, that allows you to develop single code base for multiple mobile platforms.
Mobile UI Design
ViniSketch Designer(VSD) is a free tool that works only with Mac OS X to create mobile applications applying native and web technologies. It has powerful visual and code editor. Automatic phonegap generation ,advacned multitarget engine and HTML5 simulators are some features of VSD. Debugger of VSD is based on Weblkit webInspector. Compatibility of the framework is now with iOS 3+ and android 2.1+. Compatibility with other framework such as symbian, windows phone and RiM are under testing.
Mobjectify is a free web application that provides a web-based mockup builder to build mobile web applications. Using this application, you can create pages and add some events such as headers, footers, forms, buttons, content areas without any programming knowledge. It empowers your mobile web apps with jquery mobile and its theme engine. You have to perform custom coding only if you need. You can create a theme for your app or choose one that suits your app from the themes it provides. Preview and exporting result as HTML is also available here.
Mobile Automation Testing
Mobicarts allows you to make your own m-commerce store. Sometimes your e-commerce store isn’t sufficiently portable way of marketing for your users. Mobicart is a way to access your store from the customers’ mobile, which allows them more easy shopping. You can build your m-commerce store or link it with your existing e-commerce store.
Mobicart supports both native and web apps. You can use iOS and android for native apps and HTML5 for web apps.
Another exciting feature is powerful language packs. You can build and manage your m-commerce store using any language and currency.
Lime JS is a opensource HTML5 based game development framework. This is really good start for developing HTML5 based games.
Special UI Development
Tree saver is a nice framework for developing magazine style HTML5 and CSS applications.
This is jQuery and Zepto plugin for developing beautiful mobile user interface.
Mobiscroll provides multi framework support( jQuery, jQuery Mobile, Zepto.JS or Intel App Framework). It is also cross platform and cross browser compatible. Platforms supported by mobiscroll are supports iOS, blackBerry, windows phone, android and on any desktop OS.
Server Side Mobile Friendly Frameworks
jqmPhp is an open source project that simplifies the usage of jQuery Mobile with PHP. It contains some PHP classes that generates HTML outputs which can be used by jQuery Mobile framework. Using jqmphp is very easy as there is a nice documentation associated with related example. Each jqmphp class is on separate file which is similar to the class name. For example, jqmBody.php file contains jqmBody class that represents the ‘body’ tag.
The tools discussed here are one of the best and easiest tools for mobile app development. For many of them you do not require any past experience of performing the task. If you have perseverance and dedication, you can surely develop applications and you can run your business successfully as well.