An Inventory of Knowledge
Ionic also provides themes and components that allow hybrid mobile app developers to create apps having an intuitive and interactive user interface (UI). The framework offers both light and dark themes for mobile apps. And its features include typography, an extensible base theme, mobile components, and interactive paradigms that improve the app’s functionality. An Ionic app is developed through the Ionic command line (CLI) and requires a native wrapper like Cordova to operate as a native application. Also, the Ionic CLI comes with a built-in development server.
Ionic supports Android, iOS, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) for creating a cross-platform app using the same code. Thus, it requires less programming, effort, resources to develop an app that runs seamlessly on multiple platforms, and have a unified look and feel.
Ionic uses AngularJS, a widely used structure framework, to provide multiple functionalities using which designers can integrate appealing components into the app. Using AngularJS, Ionic also offers a robust structure that facilitates code management and improves the performance of hybrid apps.
Ionic has multiple default CSS and JS components that cover the majority of requisites for hybrid mobile app development. These components include shape inputs, routes, tabs, sliding menus, sliding boxes, and more. The default styles are basic and smooth, and developers can redo them by adding pre-defined CSS classes to the component.
Ionic uses Cordova plugins to allow hybrid mobile app developers to access various components and features like GPS, Camera, Flashlight, and more. Such plugins help in building an app that can reach its maximum working capacity by using one or more of these features of an operating system.
Testing a hybrid app is far easier with Ionic. QA engineers can test it on a desktop browser or even perform simulator testing for both Android and iOS using Cordova commands. Testing can even be done with a mobile browser or safari in iOS devices. Besides, they can directly test the app on the actual platform to get an idea of how the app would run.
Understanding the Ionic capabilities to get the most of the framework is the most challenging part while developing a hybrid app. However, Ionic has a huge community of active technology experts who help developers understand the framework’s ins and outs and provide solutions to every problem they face. Also, they keep on posting about the framework, Angular, and other related subjects on various forums to educate people in the best possible way.