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Mobile App UI Frameworks You Should Explore Today
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JustAlex 2019 May 21 11:14

There are plenty of ways to make your app development easier and more efficient. If you know the right frameworks for the right job, your work is half done.

UI frameworks give you the much-needed cross-platform support and the ability to impart a consistent look and feel to your app across the various platforms.

These frameworks also let you bring in a native look to your hybrid apps and are basically libraries that you can incorporate into your code to access the UI control elements provided by them.

So, here are some popular UI frameworks that you can start with for making some really cool apps.

1. jQuery Mobile

A brainchild of the jQuery project, jQuery Mobile is one of the most widely used and popular mobile frameworks. It provides a number of third-party plugins, tools, extensions, themes and much more.

This framework also primarily covers the important features, such as navigation and transition between views, and is designed to work with a responsive web design (RWD) context to enable you to target a wide range of devices. It is furthermore free to use under the open source MIT license.

2. Bootstrap

Bootstrap is one of the most popular HTML5 UI frameworks used by the majority of apps and by some of the WordPress themes as well. It is capable of creating responsive websites and supports a wide range of devices and browsers.

Bootstrap is a strong competitor to the jQuery UI framework in terms of the features that it offers. Many of the Bootstrap JavaScript components require the use of jQuery and are not as fast as other frameworks, such as Topcoat and Ratchet.

3. Kendo UI Mobile

Kendo UI is a performance-oriented framework developed by Telerik and is a paid framework with annual subscription charges.

It comes with both UI widgets and app framework functionality and is part of the Kendo UI framework that can be used to develop apps for both mobile and desktop devices.

Kendo UI also provides Dataviz which is a data visualization library.

4. Sencha Touch

Sencha touch is a mobile-focused HTML5 based framework that provides a variety of UI functionalities and that fully supports Cordova.

This framework can be used as a full app framework, makes use of HTML5 and CSS to provide a high- performance UI and works in the MVC style. It is available in both free and paid versions.

5. Topcoat

Topcoat is an open source UI library from Adobe that can only be used for developing mobile apps. Supporting a wide range of platforms and giving a native look to the apps according to the platform they are deployed in, this single code base adapts itself to the various mobile platforms.

It is only a CSS library and does not use JavaScript.

6. Ionic Framework

Ionic can be called a CSS framework as well as a JavaScript UI library. Many of its components are based on JavaScript and are independent of jQuery.

Ionic is designed specifically for use in mobile devices and is optimized for AngularJS.

7. ZURB Foundation

Originally designed for responsive web apps, the ZURB foundation is becoming a widely used library in WordPress theme development and in mobile web app development.

It has detailed documentation to help new users and is compatible with many modern browsers. Furthermore, this library supports AngularJS and provides a motion UI support for creating animations.

8. Ratchet

The open source library, Ratchet, makes use of a Bootstrap base and includes JavaScript components. The library supports both Android and iOS, but there is no official support for Windows. It is a relatively new framework and has good documentation to get started with it easily.

9. Onsen UI

Onsen UI is based on Topcoat and includes AngularJS, React, Vue and Font Awesome.

The web browsers supported are Google Chrome and Safari. Onsen UI is simple to use and has a lot of documentation to speed up the learning curve.

The choice of the right framework depends on many factors, including the type of project, software architecture and team background.

Since there are many interesting options, you should try out at least four to five of these UI frameworks to choose the one that fits you the best.

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