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
By Paul Krill | Network World US | Published: 17:14, 04 January 2013
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.
Icenium is a newly available “integrated cloud environment” for building iOS and Android apps. User Chris Jackson, a software engineer at mobile healthcare technology vendor CellepathicRx.com, lauds Icenium Mist, which enables browser-based development. “I can hop on any PC, hop to a URL, and get some work done.” He also likes that applications are lightweight - just a couple of megabytes each. "I’ve enjoyed developing with it just because it’s simple [and] quick." Though Jackson would like to see some Icenium extensions for Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE, he says, "I really don’t have any major complaints. I look at this as a fairly new piece of software."