Before, building hybrid apps was in a routine, just not because
it was difficult to build web pages, but because it was difficult to build
full-cycle web applications. With coming of AngularJS, it changed. As a result,
Angular became the core innovation through which building hybrid apps became
possible. The enthusiastic developers at Drifty were some of the first to
realize this and thereafter created the Ionic Framework to link the gap between
AngularJS web apps and hybrid mobile apps. An year after launching, the Ionic
Framework has quickly grown in popularity amongst developers and their main
Github repo has over 13K stars as of this writing.
What is Ionic Framework?
Ionic is an open source framework that is used for developing
mobile applications with native look and feel. It provides tools and services
for building mobile UI. Ionic framework requires native wrapper to be able to
run on mobile devices.
Ionic is front end HTML framework built on top of Cordova and
AngularJS. According to official document, the definition of the Ionic
Framework is given below:
Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework focused at
building hybrid mobile apps. Ionic is the front-end UI framework that handles
all the look and feel and UI communications your app needs in order to be good
looking. It is a kind of like "Bootstrap for Native," but with
support for a wide range of common native mobile elements, sleek animations,
and beautiful designs.
Ionic provides the same functionality for AngularJS that Android
UI elements provides for Java, and that iOS UIKit provides for Obj-C/Swift.
Core mobile UI prototypes are available to developers out of the box, which
means that developers can target on making apps, instead of common user
interface components. Some examples of these include list views, action sheets,
tab bars, stateful navigation, and so much more.
Ionic Framework Features
Following are the most important features of Ionic framework:
Ionic uses AngularJS MVC architecture for making single page
highly rich applications, optimized to run on mobile devices.
These components offer almost all elements that a mobile
application needs, with native look and feel. Components default styling can be
easily overruled to apply your own design.
can't be done with HTML and CSS alone.
Apache Cordova plugins offer API required for using native device’s
This is NodeJS utility is equipped with commands to start,
build, run and emulate Ionic applications.
This is very useful platform to upload, share and test your
application on native mobile devices.
Ionic is released under MIT license.
Ionic Framework Advantages
a)Ionic is used for hybrid app development. This means that you
can build only one application for IOS, Android, Windows Phone and Firefox OS
and can save your lots of working time and money.
b)Ionic provides useful pre-generated app setup with simple
layouts so, starting your app is very easy.
c)The apps built through it are highly maintainable and easy to
d)Ionic developers have a proper communication setup with Google
developers to improve the functionalities of the framework.
Ionic Framework Limitations
•Due to hybrid working of the app, the testing can be tricky for
a finished app because browser always can’t give you right information about
every phone’s environment.
•It can be hard to combine different native functionalities. You
may run into plugin compatibility issues, which can leads to build errors that
are hard to debug.
•Hybrid apps tend to be slower than the native ones, but since
the mobile technologies are improving fast this will not be an issue in the