Ionic Framework was introduced in 2013 as an open-source cross-platform framework that served as an alternative to Native mobile application codebase(Java/Kotlin for Android, Objective C/Swift for IOS). The ionic framework uses web-based technologies like HTML/CSS/JS/Angular to create applications using NMP module using Nodejs.
It is a unified language which is used for cross-platform application primarily to reduce the cost which is generally caused in developing native applications.
Hybrid Mobile App Development with Ionic
Let us ponder over the advantages and disadvantages of using the Ionic framework for the development of applications.
- Cost Reduction: Due to coding only in one language, it reduces the cost of hiring two application teams.
- Fast Prototyping: Due to its pre-built GUI packages, a lot of commonly used UI structures are available and ready to use. This ultimately provides a prompt User experience and enables to picture the application before starting to code.
- Easy Debugging: Web-based technologies enable to rectify issues conveniently on web browsers.
- Transferable: Single code based framework provides a mobile application to be easily transferred as a Web-based application and vice-versa. This saves a lot of time and money.
- Prebuilt Functionalities: It has a wide range of prebuilt plugins available for most of the native mobile applications i.e APIs for accessing the hardware of the device. For example camera, flashlight, etc.
- Low performance: As compared to native applications, the hybrid(ionic) applications process comparatively slower. The rendering process happens using web browsers, which involve a series of processes to load information, ultimately reducing the speed of the application overall.
- Plugin Dependency: All the hardware functions are not accessible using an ionic framework. A developer needs to find a plugin to access the hardware with the help of APIs. In some complex or user-specific needs, it becomes hard for a plugin to be available. For which, a developer has to create a custom plugin for the same and causing a lot of time(defeating the purpose of creating a Hybrid Application)
- Security issues: Up to version 3, the code can be reengineered by hackers and can be created back. Means all the time and money spent by an individual in building an idea and creating an application can be at a big stake. However, this has been significantly improved in the newer version 4.
- Application Size: The size of the applications are comparatively bigger as it involves a lot of Line of Code as compared to native apps. It uses
- Default Libraries
It always depends on a user’s need for which technology they want. If the user is more inclined towards security then they must opt for Native applications over Hybrid applications.
However, the budget plays a crucial role when it comes to developing an application, where Ionic/Hybrid apps are what should be one’s only choice.