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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.


Xamarin MonoTouch and Mono for Android

MonoTouch enables use of C# to build iOS apps, while Mono for Android supports Android development. “I've had nothing but good experiences with MonoTouch and Mono for Android, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them or use them on future projects,” Jon Lipsky, of ElevenWorks, says. Lipsky used the tools to build TouchDraw, a 2D drawing and diagramming app, and lauds them for producing native apps. "I've had no major problems, and the Xamarin support team has been excellent in addressing any minor issues I have found," Lipsky says, adding that built-in tooling for profiling applications could be improved. "This is currently possible using the native tool chains; however it would be nice to have a consistent way to do it within their environment."

  • 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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