Ionic Continues to Build Out its HTML5 Hybrid App Development Platform

Posted 7/1/2015 1:00:38 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Ionic Continues to Build Out its HTML5 Hybrid App Development Platform
Ionic continues to build out its open source front-end SDK for developing hybrid mobile apps with HTML5. Ionic offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components, gestures, and tools for building highly interactive apps - built with the Sass CSS extension and optimized for AngularJS.

Ionic is focused mainly on the look, feel, and UI interaction of an app. That means the platform is not a replacement for PhoneGap or Javascript frameworks. Instead, Ionic fits in well with these projects in order to simplify one big part of an app - the front end. Ionic currently requires AngularJS in order to work at its full potential. While developers can still use the CSS portion of the framework, they will miss out on UI interactions, gestures, animations, and other things. The company plans on releasing Cordova/PhoneGap plugins in the future to expand the capabilities of the platform.

The platform has seen significant growth since it was launched the last part of 2013. In June alone the company has announced Ionic Push, Deploy, and Analytics, along with an upcoming Ionic Market – a place where developers can market Ionic addons, themes, and plugins. 

The company recently offered a blog post providing a snapshot of where the program is today and the functionality developers can expect for the future.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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