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Programmer picks: 6 tools for rapid mobile development

No-code, low-code, and cloud-based offerings give developers even more options for rapid prototyping and deployment of mobile apps

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The number of mobile application development tools is rapidly growing, including a new generation that enables developers to create mobile apps through their browsers, often with very fast results. Many of these no-code or low-code alternatives provide seasoned developers quick means for rapid prototyping while lowering the barrier of entry for novice developers seeking to get in the mobile app game.

We asked several developers to weigh in on their hands-on experience developing apps for a variety of mobile platforms using these tools, plus a few other heavier-duty mobile dev tools they are currently using. Add these to the growing list of mobile tools already on your radar.



Buzztouch is Web-based software for building Android and iOS apps. “With Buzztouch, you can create an app and immediately download the source code. This allows you to keep things ‘connected’ to Buzztouch's servers for rapid development and changes. Or you can disconnect all ties with Buzztouch, and keep the source code in your control,” says user Chris Robbins, owner of QuickPixel Media Solutions. Robbins, who previously had no background in mobile development, says Buzztouch has not required upfront costs or large monthly maintenance fees. “The only thing that I could say negative about Buzztouch is that they could use a little more staff. The amount of work that has been put into Buzztouch seems like it was impossible to come from such a small crew."

  • Programmer picks: 6 tools for rapid mobile development
  • Buzztouch
  • Telerik Icenium
  • Socialize AppMakr
  • Mippin BlackBerry App Generator
  • Xamarin MonoTouch and Mono for Android
  • RunRev LiveCode



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