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Modern Cross-Platform Development for Mobile Applications

  • While developing for multiple platforms at once seems like a convenient solution, there are several challenges arising when trying to abstract the entire mobile development. This paper is meant to evaluate current cross-platform development for mobile applications. The background for its necessity, its conceptual approach and the problems to face when developing cross-platform were determined and explained in detail. Afterwards, certain solutions were evaluated against the former insights. Based on the results, an informed discussion and conclusion was performed. The mobile environment consist of only two big players by now, Android and iOS. These operating systems differ in architecture, design and consequently in the way applications are developed for each of them. Therefore, high demands are made towards cross-platform solutions. Tools which allow for the creation of applications for multiple platforms at once have to match native applications in regard to user experience andWhile developing for multiple platforms at once seems like a convenient solution, there are several challenges arising when trying to abstract the entire mobile development. This paper is meant to evaluate current cross-platform development for mobile applications. The background for its necessity, its conceptual approach and the problems to face when developing cross-platform were determined and explained in detail. Afterwards, certain solutions were evaluated against the former insights. Based on the results, an informed discussion and conclusion was performed. The mobile environment consist of only two big players by now, Android and iOS. These operating systems differ in architecture, design and consequently in the way applications are developed for each of them. Therefore, high demands are made towards cross-platform solutions. Tools which allow for the creation of applications for multiple platforms at once have to match native applications in regard to user experience and performance. At the same time they need to be able to optimize developments with the goal of being cost efficient. Apache Cordova, Xamarin and NativeScript were selected for evaluation in regard to their ability to meet these requirements. Cordova acts as the comparison group of cross-platform tools. It is the big player in the field and there are reasons for this. However, aspiring solutions with higher nativity and ambitious approaches are emerging. Xamarin and NativeScript deliver top quality results while offering loosely coupled developments. Therefore it is possible to develop high quality applications and still benefit from the advantages of platform-independent solutions. As a consequence mobile development is about to change in the foreseeable future. More sophisticated approaches may lead to a higher number of developments done cross-platform, and rightfully so.show moreshow less

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Author:Nils Mehlhorn
Fachbereich/Einrichtung:Hochschule Düsseldorf / Fachbereich - Medien
Hochschule Düsseldorf / Fachbereich - Medien / Intelligente Mensch-Technik-Interaktion​
Hochschule Düsseldorf / Fachbereich - Medien / Digitale Vernetzung und Informationssicherheit​
Document Type:Study Thesis
Year of Completion:2017
Referee:Manfred Wojciechowski, Andreas Hartmann
Language:English
Place of publication:Düsseldorf
Pagenumber:43
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:due62-opus-11276
Tag:Entwicklung; M; cross-plattform; mobile
cross-platform; development; mobile
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 60 Technik / 600 Technik, Technologie
Licence (German):Es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Release Date:2017/09/01