Top 5 Free and Open Source – Mobile App Makers – Native vs Hybrid


Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps

 

Mobile Application Development is booming in the Industry in a rapid pace. We all feel that we need be part of the web but that opinion is changed from Web to Mobile First.

While working on JS/HTML5 mobile apps, I have stumbled upon a huge stash of Freebies &  open source applications that gives the ease of mobile app development by just adding JS/CSS/HTML coding and in just few minutes you have your App ready to deploy.

Some of the best online app makers:
http://www.appmakr.com/
http://ibuildapp.com/
http://buildfire.com/
http://www.appypie.com/
http://www.shoutem.com/

Some Custom HyBrid Apps:
http://phonegap.com/ (Simplicity)
http://www.appcelerator.com/titanium/ (Efficiency)
http://cordova.apache.org/
http://www.sencha.com/products/touch/

Create amazing apps
The beautiful, open source front-end SDK for developing hybrid mobile apps with HTML5.
http://www.ionicframework.com/
https://www.polymer-project.org/0.5/
https://github.com/reapp by Facebook
https://software.intel.com/en-us/html5/tools

 

As you see there are many options in the market to choose from, but one question always itches my head is: “Which is the best for my product/website?” and the Million Dollar answer is very simple its hidden in your requirement, example lets take a scenario:

#1: I would like to make a simple website for Deals & Shopping (like everyone does !!) that will have a 3 folds: header – body – footer panel. The header will have my logo and a menu icon. Menu will be dynamic and change based on trending categories. Posts will be dynamic based on current trends in shopping and deals. Post will an image and summary of the post and on click provide details of the product and the vendor/shopping site to purchase from.

Solution: Create a HTML5 Mobile site using PhoneGap or Titanium Appaccelerator as the site is completely dynamic in nature and the app can be Update & release faster than  native apps.
Best bargain in Cost of Development, Cost of Release and Cost of Time – to develope the App.

But in this same scenario if you want to use the Contacts Book, GPS, FB/Twitter Direct Share, Open Products from Apps installed, Smooth UI – movement in UI element fading, show/hide etc, then I would suggest Native Apps.

How to Choose an App Maker

Let me know whats your opinion on this topic.

 

I would soon be adding another post on my experience in Native vs HyBrid Apps

 

 

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SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings for devops and infradev


SaaS: Software as a Service eg: CRM, Email, Collaboration, ERP, CMS etc

PaaS: Platform as a Service eg: Web, App Development, Decision Support, Video Streaming etc

IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service eg: Caching, Networking, Security, Technical, System Management etc

Exciting news for Developers and thanks to ripienaar creating a Git repo called free-for-dev.
The repo is a not a App/Code/Site info, but a list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers/offers of interest to devops and infradev

Choose your freebies and open source interests and try it.
Explore the latest technology built by developers and Open Source authors and try their services offering free tiers.

Some of my favorites:

  1. Source Code Repos
  2. Tools for teams & Collaboration
  3. Code Quality
  4. Code Search and Browsing
  5. Management Systems
  6. Analytics
  7. Search
  8. Email
  9. CDN and Protection
  10. Web Hosting
  11. DBaaS
  12. Storage and Media Processing
  13. Data Visualization on Maps
  14. Analytics, Events and Statistics
  15. International Mobile number verification API and SDK
  16. Payment / Billing Integration
  17. Data mining

Source Code Repos
https://bitbucket.org/ – Unlimited public and private git repos for small teams
https://github.com – Free for an unlimited number of public repositories

Code Quality
http://tachikoma.io – Dependency Update for Ruby, Node.js, Perl projects – free for Open Source
https://landscape.io/ – Code Quality for Python projects, free for Open Source

Code Search and Browsing
https://sourcegraph.com/ – Java, Go, Python, Node.js, etc., code search/cross-references – free for open source
https://searchcode.com/ – comprehensive text-based code search – free for open source

Security and PKI
http://vaddy.net – Continuous web security testing with continuous integration (CI) tools. 3 domains, 10 scan history for free
https://www.globalsign.com/en/ssl/ssl-open-source/ – Free SSL certs for Open Source projects

Management Systems
https://opbeat.com/ – Release, deploy, monitor. Free for 3 users
https://bitnami.com/ – Deploy prepared apps on IaaS. Management of 1 AWS micro instance free

Analytics
https://parse.com – Unlimited free analytics

Search
https://www.algolia.com – Hosted search-as-you-type (instant). Free hacker plan up to 1,000 documents and 50,000 operations. Bigger free plans available for community/open source projects.
https://swiftype.com – hosted search solution (API and crawler). Free for a single search engine with up to 1000 documents. Free upgrade to Premium level for open-source projects.

Email
http://mailchimp.com/ – 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month are free
https://sendloop.com/ – 2,000 subscribers and 10,000 email delivery every month is free
http://sendgrid.com/ – 400 emails per day for free/25,000 free transactional emails per month for emails sent from a Google compute instance

CDN and Protection
http://www.cloudflare.com/ – Basic service is free, good for a blog
http://www.bootstrapcdn.com/ – CDN for bootstrap, bootswatch and font awesome
https://cdnjs.com/ – CDN for JavaScript libraries, CSS libraries, SWF, images, etc!
http://www.jsdelivr.com/ – A free super-fast CDN for developers and webmasters
https://developers.google.com/speed/libraries/ – The Google Hosted Libraries is a content distribution network for the most popular, open-source JavaScript libraries.
https://www.asp.net/ajax/cdn – The Microsoft Ajax Content Delivery Network (CDN) hosts popular third party JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and enables you to easily add them to your Web application
https://toranproxy.com/ – Proxy for Packagist and GitHub. Never fail CD. Free for personal use, 1 developer, no support.

For more info: https://github.com/ripienaar/free-for-dev

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