Ionic: optimize your resources and generate one app for all platforms

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By Javier Donadio

August 9, 2022

If you need to create and develop applications in a speedy manner, Ionic might be a great choice for you. Read on to discover why we frequently use it as part of our solutions and what it can do for your project.

In a context where there are a plethora of app development options available, we find ourselves often recurring to Ionic. There are many reasons why, and all of them refer to the way Ionic streamlines and enables the creation of digital products, especially apps, under time pressures while delivering quality results. 

It goes without saying that the best framework is always the one that suits the project’s needs, the capabilities of the development team and the available budget for said development. Having said that, we find that Ionic is a hybrid option that allows us to create the product in time, adapting all the needs and development costs by, for example, reducing the number of teams needed to create and deploy apps for different platforms. 

When we talk about hybrid development, we’re referring to apps that combine native applications and web solutions. That said, we have an application written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; these are rendered on the device using its browser. The most common use cases include mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, which can display the application via a WebView or WKWebView.

When we use the Ionic Framework, specifically since Ionic’s major update in version 4, we not only have the option of building applications for several platforms using vanilla JavaScript or the Angular Framework, but also, we can choose to work with Vue or React. 

Some of Ionic’s main attraction points are:

  • It streamlines your app’s development by simplifying its processes by relying on the power of Web technologies to deliver great experiences on mobile devices.
  • Ionic’s components are written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, making it easy to build modern UIs that users love.
  • When using Ionic, we approach development more efficiently. Without Ionic, more teams are required to deliver the same experience that you can accomplish with just one when you’re using this framework. This means a more efficient use of resources, both human and financial, with the added benefit of synchonizing changes without needing to re-write the code for every platform.
  • Ionic has always benefited from using other frameworks such as Cordova and Capacitor as open-source tools that allow us to access native device functionality. Capacitor is the most modern approach as the Ionic team created it with additional capabilities that enable us to, for example, use plugins not only on mobile devices but also on Progressive Web Apps (PWA). That allows us to maintain the same user experience for different devices while only focusing on implementing a single code base. Besides the plugins created by the community on both Cordova and Capacitor, the Ionic team also provides a library of Premier Plugins where robust support is needed.
  • Ionic allows for the complete customization of the app you’re building while using native power. Some of its prime features are: easy access to native device features, full access to the native SDK, data is securely stored and accessed, integrations with any third-party, backend, or legacy system, and deployment across iOS, Android, Electron, PWAs and others.

All of the above-mentioned reasons make Ionic a great framework for app development, streamlining its times while providing the solutions your business needs.

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