Did you know it is possible to use the same codebase for both Android and iOS apps?

There are a few frameworks available in the market that help us in developing hybrid apps. If you do not know what they are, you can read our blog that will take you on a journey of hybrid apps making you understand how they differ from the native ones.

In this article, you’ll be introduced to the concept of IONIC – One codebase, any platform.

It is an open-source framework used for the development of mobile applications. From open source to premium services, Ionic makes app creation lightning fast.

Introduction to IONIC

IONIC provides various tools and services that are necessary while building a Mobile User Interface with a fundamental look and feel. The main objective of the Ionic framework is to provide a better frontend user experience (UX). Hence, it focuses on the controls, gestures and animations while interacting with the user. Moreover, it is easy to use because of its phenomenon integration with other frameworks.

The mobile applications built by using the Ionic framework can work across multiple platforms like Android, iOS, as well as a progressive web application for the web. So, this feature of the Ionic framework makes it a great time saver as the code written once can run anywhere (WORA). Ionic is considered as the most reliable framework as it is not a product of single platform vendor but it is built on the standardized web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other modern APIs.

IONIC-REACT code snippet

This helps the Ionic framework to stand out and provides the user with the components having stable API. The framework supports simple and clean function designs, with in-built support for interactive UI. The designing in this framework is super easy as it has pre-designed components, typography and interactive paradigms. It is built with the purpose to make it accessible to anyone with basic web development skills.

Now, I’ll list down the major components of the Ionic Framework. They are:

  • UI Components
  • Platform Continuity
  • Navigation
  • Native Access
  • Theming

These components allow each application to have its customized look and feel. The pre-defined components have been designed in such a way that they are highly customizable to give a different look to each application that you will build.

Let us now discuss these core components of the Ionic Framework in detail which make it so popular.

  • UI Component

Ionic Framework can be termed as a library of UI Components. The UI Components are reusable elements that serve as the foundation for any application. Ionic components are built on standardized web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These components also allow the application to be themed globally to change the appearance of the entire app.

  • Platform Continuity

The ionic framework provides a similar app experience across different platforms with subtle design changes. However, the theme will depend upon the platform used by the user to access the application. An application downloaded from Apple’s app store will get the IOS theme whereas the application will get the material design theme if downloaded from the Android play store or viewed as a progressive web app in web-view. The developer can also configure and decide about the usability of different platforms based on various scenarios.

  • Navigation

Traditionally, a user needed to navigate forward and backwards in a web app using linear history in comparison to the current mobile apps. The mobile apps, on the other side, use parallel navigation as there is a tabbed interface that helps the user to navigate. However, the Ionic framework enables the developers to make an application that can provide the benefits of both navigations that is history-based as well as tab-based.

  • Native Access

The ionic application can be downloaded from the app store and play store that means the IOS and Android provide web views and can also have access to SDKs i.e. software development kits. The accessibility of the SDKs allows the developers to use the native features of the device i.e. Camera, GPS etc. with the help of projects like Capacitator and Cordova.

  • Theming

Ionic framework is built by using CSS that means it offers the flexibility which is a very important feature of any framework. The flexibility in properties of the framework helps the developer to customize background colours and text colours by overriding the defaults to match a brand, company logo or the desired colour palette.

How did I, an accounts executive, ended up designing web applications for my company?

I was given a chance by the tech lead of our development company Core Innovative Solutions to research on IONIC STUDIO and design the frontend of the mobile app. And for me, it was a great learning experience that taught me a totally different skill and gave me a much-needed break from the boring accounting schedule. I’d personally recommend every budding developer to try using IONIC and design a mobile app.

After that, we have also started providing training on IONIC in our webcooks academy. If you are living in Amritsar, and are currently looking for industrial training where you’ll learn how to build mobile apps, join webcooks.

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