1. Davinci SDK</div> </span> Link: http://www.davincisdk.com Price: Free / Commercial Mobile platforms supported: iOS, Android We will start with a "unique" bird. Unlike other candidates Davinci SDK is IDE built around Eclipse made to help you create HTML5 web applications (mobile included). They have combined a wide variety of open source frameworks such as jQuery Mobile, KnockOut, Underscore, Handlebars, Backbone, etc. to aid you in HTML5 web app development. All in all this is an excellent idea, precisely what jQuery Mobile really needs, a good IDE. Combined with a large number of related frameworks, where I would like to single out Backbone and Underscore. It offers ready-made presets and an action editor with which HTML5 content may be created without a single line of coding. This kind of IDE and development will appeal to iOS developers. Don't forget that it supports native binary compiling for both iOS and Android OS.
- WYSIWYG development, almost everything is point and click
- Structure based on jQuery and the jQuery Mobile framework, documentation and support will not be a problem
- Model View Controller (MVC) and Data Binding provided thanks to additional frameworks
- Data Binding tool provides easy integration for 3rd party open APIs
- iOs and Android native packaging, no more Phonegap.
- IDE has more sense then one made for Sencha Touch, still Sencha Touch is much faster
- This is what jQuery Mobile should become
- Built on jQuery Mobile. This is my subjective comment and I'm providing it to you as jQuery Mobile developer. While it is a great framework it lags behind its competitors. It's simply not fast or robust enough for complex HTML5 mobile applications, not to mention that it looks rather bad when viewed on desktop browsers. This will of course change with time.
- Lack of information about the framework itself (Framework age can easily explained this).
- Commercial version. This is only problem because you can also buy Kendo UI, which will not provide you with this great IDE but is faster then jQuery Mobile.
Author notesThis is a must have IDE for jQuery Mobile developers primarily it includes tight integration with Backbone, Knockout and Underscore. Phonegap is no more needed for native support. I can't stress this enough, Phonegap and jQuery Mobile combination is killing them, if possible stay away from Phonegap. If you are a jQuery Mobile developer intent on fast and easy development this is a tool for you. On the other hand, if you need speed steer clear from jQuery Mobile.
</div> </span> Link: http://joapp.com/ Price: Free Mobile platforms supported: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, WebOS Jo is a lightweight HTML5 mobile app framework which provides UI widgets, a flexible event model, a wrapper for sound, and a light data layer. Minified it takes only 12 Kb, which is around 25x less then jQuery Mobile. It requires Phonegap as a native wrapper. I personally don't like Phonegap it but that's just me. It is optimized for Android (even version 1.6), iOS and WebOS usage, so, you guessed it, it runs fast.
- Small and fast, unlike jQuery Mobile this one actually works OK combined with Phonegap
- Extensive widget support, I can't believe so many of them are gathered in so little code.
- full desktop and mobile browser support, unlike some pure webkit frameworks.
- Documentation, the disease of many great HTML frameworks. While extensive it lacks images and working examples.
- To few framework images what so ever. It may sound stupid and shallow but images are there to sell products. Why would I want to spend my time with a framework I cant initially see.
- Available theme. It looks nice but I wouldn't call it native like. It's designed for mobile use but it still feels like using a web app.
</div> </span> Junior is another jQuery based HTML5 front-end framework for creating mobile apps that look and behave like native. Unlike Project M and Davinci SDK it is based on Zepto.js and has integration with Backbone. It uses Ratchet CSS for its UI components. For those of you who don't know Ratchet is used to prototype iPhone apps with simple HTML, CSS, and JS components. Inclusion of the Zepto.js and Retchet tells you that this framework also aims at been light and small. Link: http://justspamjustin.github.io/junior Price: Free Mobile platforms supported: iOS
- Small and light
- MVC support with Backbone included
- jQuery based which makes it easy to master
- Modernizer support
- Retchet UI is nothing special, I don't find it to be ready and responsive for a mobile HTML5 framework. There are numerous better solutions. But lot of blame is also on a Junior implementation.
- Documentation don't exist. Because it uses several frameworks you will need to look at their specific pages.
- UI is problematic, visual errors and problems are noticeable
- In a perfect world combining several distinct frameworks looks like a good idea .... in the real life its not.
Author notesI don't know what to think about this framework. Form one perspective it is small and fast. On the other hand it is formed form several distinct frameworks that may or may not work correctly together. From may experience this is a fast but lazy development. I am most disappointed with its UI, it simply don't have a native feeling, not to mention constant visual errors.
</div> </span> Now this is something I like. The project M is an alternative version of jQuery Mobile, think of it as a pimped out version of jQuery Mobile. It provides developers with an MVC-based architecture for structured and convenient application development, something that original jQuery Mobile really needs. That is not all, you don't need Phonegap any more as a native app wrapper. Everything you need comes with a nifty tool called Espresso. It is a powerful build tool, that eases up the development process in many ways: It initializes the project, creates required components, provides a built-in web server, optimizes and packs the application, deploys it to e.g. an ftp server and builds native iOS/Android apps. Basically it's similar to the (un)holly combination of jQuery Mobile and Backbone and Phonegap, with everything positive that can provide, without most of their combined problems. Link: http://www.the-m-project.org/ Price: Free Mobile platforms supported: iOS, Android (Blackberry and Palm webOS - without native support)
4. The Project M
4. The Project M
- jQuery Mobile is the core framework
- integrated MVC support - something that original jQuery Mobile needs the most
- No more Phonegap
- Internationalization support
- Sencha Touch syntax compared to jQuery Mobile HTML approach
- Offline support (automatic cache manifest generation)
- Documentation again. Because it uses completely different development approach original jQuery Mobile documentation is almost useless. Some documentation links are broken (nobody fixed it, even after 7 months after this problem was reported)
- While better then original jQuery Mobile it is not much faster
- It lags behind original jQuery mobile, not much but still a problem if you want some new goodies.
</div> </span> Link: http://phonejs.devexpress.com/ Price: Free / Commercial Mobile platforms supported: iOS, Android and Windows Phone PhoneJS is another jQuery based mobile framework that proves jQuery is more then capable to run in the background. It can support MVVM combined with Knockout (I usually don't like different framework combinations but int his case it works fine, mainly because it was created with Knockout in mind). It provides real native look and feel with themes created to mimic iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. They look same or even better (in case of the Android theme) then Kendo UI themes but that's just a subjective observation. Code syntax is very similar to jQuery Mobile and Kendo UI, HTML markup mixed with jQuery and Knockout.
- Easy syntax - jQuery Mobile / Kendo UI like
- Fast thou not faster the Sencha Touch or Kendo UI
- MVVM support in combination with Kendo UI
- Fuck*** great documentation, even better then Sencha Touch one
- Best native looking themes so far, Kendo UI is really close
- Price but only so I can object over something, price on the same level as Kendo UI
- Phonegap is used as a app wrapper, to me this is a limiting factor
Author notesThrough time I fell in love with this framework. It should be viewed in the same light as Kendo UI. Both frameworks are great and fast, the use similar syntax, have similar MVVM support, almost same price. If you are willing to pay for mobile HTML 5 framework you should toss the coin and decide between this framework and Kendo UI.
Fuck*** awesome documentation and examples, I can' stress it enough.
- Fast native execution, even with complex UI
- Good looking, ready for easy customization
- Easy to master, just like jQuery Mobile
- It's not jQuery based, just for the sake of diversity
- Documentation is rather slim, it simply requires better one
- Does not stand out among the competition
Lungo should be considered one of a better HTML5 mobile frameworks. It is easy to master and learn. Unfortunately it does not stand out among the competition. Thou I would highly recommend it for apps not trying to look native like, it is simply extremely easy to modify and customize.
</div> Link: https://trigger.io/ Price: Free trial / Commercial Mobile platforms supported: iOS, Android Trigger.IO is another special case, mainly it is not a HTML5 framework. So why put it here? Because like Phonegap we can use it to create hybrid mobile applications. You can use any framework you want, create anything you need and almost instantly deploy it as a native app. It is simply a Phonegap on steroids. It provides much more then Phonegap .... for price. Here comes a bad part, it is not cheap ... by a long shot.
- Easy to use
- Slightly faster then Phonegap and more stable
- It works with everything you can think off
- Larger native support then Phonegap
- It can create native UI components, just like Phonegap
- Expensive Expensive Expensive
- Expensive Expensive
- Still expensive
I must protest here, skip this part if you don't like subjective comments. Trigger.IO is great but man it cost damn too much. I really don't understand why would anyone pay that much for a glorified variation of Phonegap (and I hate Phonegap). It will not make any HTML5 mobile framework run faster, it will only give them a larger support for native functionalities. Each pricing range has a limited number of supported apps. If you take into the account that only small percent of app store applications are earning money that alone lowers the value of this system. Trigger.IO is a tax for lazy mobile developers. Objective comment would go like this: "Excellent (better) alternative to Phonegap .... just to pricy".