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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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Mippin BlackBerry App Generator

This online tool enables publishers to quickly build apps for RIM BlackBerry and PlayBook. "I found App Generator very easy to use, as there is no required coding,” says user Geoffrey Smith, associate editor for public relations and marketing at BlackBerry Empire Canada. “App Generator makes submission of an app to BlackBerry App World a simplified process with easy walkthrough." Smith used App Generator to create an app for his blog. "The only place that I encountered a hiccup was trying to find the right size for an image and to get the colors looking proper to match my website’s theme. Once I had that tweaked out, it was really nice to look at."


  • 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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