The discussion on how to best code for mobile apps revolves around format. Developers argue between HTML5, native applications on the mobile device's OS and hybridized compromises between the two. While some claim that HTML5 is underdeveloped and can't match up to the power available from dedicating to a specific operating system, others affirm that HTML5 works just as well and that the versatility and cross-platform compatibility that comes with HTML5 makes it superior.
Telerik, a leading mobile app development platform, has come up with a solution to this dilemma by expanding their toolbox beyond HTML5. Now, Telerik users can work on apps in native, hybrid and HTML5 apps with ease. This lets developers work in the format that they are most familiar with, and that they prefer.
Before, Telerik only worked in HTML5, but this expansion shows their acceptance that not everyone who uses their product necessarily agrees that this is the best way to do things. “Mobile development isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' challenge,” notes Telerik CEO Vassil Terziev, “Telerik understands that every application is different, with different goals and requirements. Developing experiences the right way requires a platform capable of adapting to these differences.”
Ultimately, the new platform means that developers that use Telerik will have the freedom to pick and choose the format that fits the goals of their apps best. Some apps might only really be useful for Android (News - Alert), so even if HTML5 works just as well as native apps (as was alluded to in a recent survey by Telerik), there would be no reason to make this app available on a non-Android device.
Between hybrid, HTML5 and native approaches, there's still no clear winner. Either way, Telerik's cloud-based services allow users to design, develop and test their mobile apps – no matter the format. Each has advantages and disadvantages over one another, so Telerik is encouraging users to explore which works best for their apps.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker