Analysis of mobile development approaches


Which mobile development approach fits your needs? If you don’t know, read this overview about the possibilities. Also find out which approach Justin James thinks is mobile developers’ best bet for long-term success.

Mobile Web applications

Mobile Web applications are at the opposite end of the spectrum. With mobile Web applications, you can use your existing Web development knowledge, and learn the techniques to make it work well on mobile devices. Even better, you can reuse your existing Web applications if you have them already, and you can reach 100% of the smartphone market with a single codebase.

Cross-platform development tools

There are a number of cross-platform development tools designed to help you bridge the gap (Appcelerator is one example); these tools let you develop for their model, and then they create native applications for you. This can be a great approach, although you may need to learn an entirely new set of skills to work with the tool, depending on which one you pick. These tools can also do a great job at making your app look and feel right on each platform it supports, and they will provide access to the lowest-common-denominator of native functionality.

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