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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.


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Socialize AppMakr

Socialize AppMakr provides a code-free environment for building iOS and Android apps, and features its own social network. “I like the quick, easy way to make apps, rather than coding,” user Matthew Flaig says. Flaig dislikes that the free version of AppMakr now puts ads in free apps, and that simple updates can take weeks or months. (AppMakr also offers a premium, fee-based service.) Jeremy Caverly of Quotient Concepts also lauded AppMakr. "They were one of the first to market with a ‘DIY’ solution. It’s always been easy to use. The help forums are a great resource, and their staff is always happy to find a solution as quickly as possible," he says, though he laments a dearth of new features in the past year.


  • 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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