Why Ionic Hybrid network becoming more popular day by day

by Dipanjan Saha Mobile Application & Web Developer

Introduction of Ionic Framework

Ionic is a complete open-source SDK for hybrid mobile app development created by Max Lynch, Ben Sperry and Adam Bradley of Drifty Co. in 2013. Ionic is world’s most popular cross platform mobile development technology. Basically it’s hybrid mobile app development framework. Using Apache Cordova, it can be easily run on mobiles. A big advantage of using Ionic is that the code base remains the same for all mobile platforms and the UI/UX looks like a native mobile platform. The good news is: if you can manage to create websites, you already know how to build mobile apps. Ionic Framework offers the best web and native app components for building highly interactive native and progressive web apps. It is the only mobile app stack which allows developers to design apps for all app stores and the mobile web, using an unique code base. Moreover, Ionic’s Platform Continuity guarantees your app will look superb on every single device. Ionic provides tools and services for developing hybrid mobile apps using Web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass. Apps can be built with these Web technologies and then distributed through native app stores to be installed on devices by leveraging Cordova.

Benefits of Ionic Framework

Platform Independent Framework- Ionic can recognize the platform specific advanced CSS proportional to the native look and feel on different mobile operating systems. It reduces the requirement for code changing as it gives the codes of mobile-optimized HTML, JS, and CSS components. Apart from this, ionic integrates into Angular JS which becomes a robust structure making code excellent as well as more manageable. This empowers the Start-up entrepreneurs to come out with newer concepts at reduced budget.

Cross-Platform Mobile App Development with Ionic- Building an application without a moment's delay is essential, and it should be compatible with all mobile devices. However, it needs extremely limited use of time, assets and efforts, and helps in giving a unified look and feel. Besides, Ionic helps with building applications quickly and with expertise, and deploys standard tools with a solitary code base.

Default User Interface- Ionic has many default CSS and JS parts that cover the vast majority of the basic things you need to make a mobile application. . Apart from regular ones like buttons and navigation it also includes form inputs, lists, cards, sliding boxes and many more. These can be easily customized by adding CSS classes to the element. The default styles are basic, smooth, and you can without a doubt redo them by adding pre-defined CSS classes to the component.

Based on AngularJS- If you’ve worked upon Ionic, and then you would likely realize that it is developed on top of the Angular JS framework. The extensions to HTML's sentence structure offered by AngularJS are extremely useful for mobile app designers. The Ionic structure utilizes AngularJS to offer a bunch of center functionalities to the designer with the goal that they can incorporate alluring components into the application.  AngularJS is an ideal approach to make program based applications, while with the assistance of the Ionic structure, versatile designers can make hybrid applications and web applications.

Utilizes Cordova Plugins- Plugins play an essential part in Ionic application development. Modules are coded in JavaScript and come appended to the application. Ionic framework application development utilizes Cordova plugins to help designers in accessing different components of the versatile framework- for example, camera, GPS, and so on. According to your business and offered administrations, mobile app developers can utilize any of these modules to build their ideal mobile application.

There are a few good reasons to go with Ionic, depending on what you would be using it for:

1.      Ionic use Angular’s MV* paradigm: If you are a web developer and want to be able to compete in the mobile space Ionic is great for you. Ionic uses HTML and CSS to lay out its views, so not only will you have all of the power of CSS transitions and canvas drawing, but you will also feel at home with the DOM. If you’ve ever used Angular in production, this will be doubly true for you, because the logic layers of Ionic use Angular’s MV* paradigm.

2.      Desktop support: Ionic has added a flexible grid, and split-pane type features,  allowing you to build mobile-first apps with responsive desktop layouts.

3.     Open Web Standards: To paraphrase one of their founders, you’re betting on the  open web, rather than getting stuck learning single-platform technologies that don’t  carry over. (e.g. Learning CSS and DOM layouts versus Xcode’s autolayout)

4.      Progressive Web Apps: This is a big trend on Google and Ionic’s radar, and it seems like Ionic is uniquely positioned to let you build app-class web experiences that can also be published in the App Store.

5.      If you are bootstrapping a start-up and want to cut development time and cost by leveraging existing skill sets, Ionic is one of the best choices. Ionic creates apps for iOS, Android and Windows. It has default CSS that changes between versions for a Native experience. And all this can be done in JavaScript which is one of the most common programming languages known by developers now because of its ubiquity on the web. There are other frameworks around now that can achieve this in different languages, but most of them are not as popular or have as much support. So unless you have a specific reason you need to use python, Ruby, C++, Java etc. stick with Ionic or React Native in JavaScript or Xamarin in C#. Those are the most mature communities for cross-platform apps.

6.      If you are new to web/mobile development the skills you will learn making things with Ionic will take you a lot further than what you will get with native. JavaScript is everywhere. It is more popular than Swift, and more importantly, it can be used for a lot more things. Java is really popular as well, but in my opinion, JavaScript seems to be slowly taking over Java’s position in the web development world. Companies that were built on java will stick around for a long time, but many new ones are being built on stuff like JavaScript, Ruby, Go and the like. And yes that list will be different in a few years, but Java will not be making it back on, and JavaScript will be the longest lasting one that is around for now.

7.      Ionic Community: There’s a community of over 30,000 members on the Ionic forum, an active Slack Channel, and Ionic is the 45th or so most popular/starred repo on Github.

How to Install Ionic Framework

  •       Make sure you have an up-to-date version of Node.js installed on your machine. If you don't have Node.js installed.

       ·  Open the command prompt and verify the Node.js version by using the command node -v.

       ·   To install Cordova and Ionic, use - npm install -g cordova ionic.

       ·   Make sure to install the latest version of JDK and Android Studio IDE for Android development.

       ·  To create a new project, use - ionic start projectname template.

       ·   Inside the project folder, you can add Android/iOS platform based on your development using the command - ionic cordova platform add android.

       ·    After these code changes are done, you can generate the required .apk file with the command - ionic cordova build android.

       ·   Once the .apk file is generated successfully, you deploy the file on a real device and do the testing, or you can test it as a web application using a browser.

       ·   To run it in a browser, use - ionic serve.

       ·   To run it on a device, use - ionic Cordova run android -device.

       ·    Finally, play with Ionic!

Comparison between Ionic Framework to Others Framework like PhoneGap

Ionic Framework-

  •         Open source
  •        It’s Javascript, HTML and CSS
  •          Cordova is an engine which runs PhoneGap
  •          UI Components is awesome
  •          Application type: Hybrid
  •          Supported Platforms- Android, IOS, Windows, BlackBerry
  •          Enable features, such as push notifications, A/B testing, analytics, Code deploys and Automated builds.


  •          Open source
  •          It’s Javascript, HTML and CSS
  •          Cordova is an engine which runs Ionic
  •          Lack of pre-built UI widgets
  •          Application type: Native
  •          Supported Platforms- Apple IOS , Bada,  BlackBerry, Firefox OS, Google Android, LG webOS, Micresoft Windows Phone (7 and 8), Nokia Symbian OS, Tizen (SDK 2.x) and Ubuntu Touch.
  •          Enable features, Such as internet connectivity validation, Animations, List view, Facebook SDK support, Push Notifications, Device Detection, and Geolocation.

According to Google Trends Ionic has gained its popularity day by day till 2018 where as other Frameworks fall down compared.

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About Dipanjan Saha Freshman   Mobile Application & Web Developer

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