Ask DN: Favourite cross-platform mobile development frameworks

5 years ago from , Co-founder at Tomely

For those who are working on cross-platform mobile apps and aren't working natively, what frameworks are you using: Ionic, NativeScript, PhoneGap, Titanium etc?

I'm especially curious to hear from front-end and UI developers in terms of the limitations and possibilities of different frameworks. With a lot of hacking, it seems as though most frameworks are capable of producing apps with decent UIs, but I'm sure that some frameworks are easier to work with than others.


  • Matt CastilloMatt Castillo, 5 years ago

    As someone who works with web, iOS, and Android engineers, I haven't heard anything good about using JS frameworks for serious mobile app development. If you expect to have functional, maintainable apps that other developers can work on years down the line, I would invest in native.

    2 points
  • Travis Arnold, 5 years ago

    React Native has been great at my work so far. Almost all of our dev team can help build components for native platforms in some way. We still have dedicated native developers, which are learning their way around React to get the best performance for our apps. If anything, I feel it's an easy way to get a proof of concept up and running without needing to be a native developer.

    1 point
  • Charlie McCullochCharlie McCulloch, 5 years ago

    I have never worked with a startup or team who used any of the products you mentioned and did not regret it hugely. Look at something like Xamarin instead.

    1 point