Tuesday, October 13

7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

If it can be done, chances are that there’s already a mobile app somewhere to help you do it. From ordering takeout on a Friday night, booking tickets for a movie show, translating a baby’s cry or flipping a coin (I am not even kidding), there’s a whole wide world of mobile apps to cater to your every whim, no matter how trivial, banal or downright crazy (see: ‘Pocket Girlfriend’ app).

Point is, the time is ripe for mobile app developers to strike. And the development process itself has never been easier to manage. Many app ideas don’t need any previous knowledge in native development; a working proficiency with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS are enough to get you started.

What you DO need is a framework, and here are our top 7 choices:

Sencha Touch

7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

This one is particularly popular with Hybrid mobile app developers. The framework is based on HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. The latest stable release version 2.4.2 can work across platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle, Windows, and Tizen.

It may take some time to get the hang of it, but once you do, you’ll realize why it’s frequently rated as one of the best frameworks available today. Sencha Animator, Ext Designer, and Sencha Designer provide comprehensive HTML5 solution that is unparalleled by anything else in the market.


7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

Ionic is an Open Source framework used for developing Native-like mobile apps with CSS, HTML5, and Sass. Released in 2013 and still in beta-stage, this framework comes with a huge support community.

This framework is great for professionals who have dipped their toes in AngularJS. Despite being in beta stage, it is one of the best Hybrid frameworks out there.

Mobile Angular UI

7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

This is an HTML5 framework that’s used to create interactive mobile apps using Bootstrap 3 and AngularJS. It includes Bootstrap 3 mobile components (switches, overlays, sidebars) and AngularJS modules (angular-route, angular-touch, angular-animate).

Since the responsive media queries are isolated from Bootstrap as separate files, you only have to add what you need. It doesn’t have any jQuery dependencies either, so a few AngularJS directives are all you need to create great user experiences on mobile.


7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

Appium is an Open Source test automation framework for both Native and Hybrid apps for iOS and Android. It uses a flexible, two-layer approach; popular test-engines first and its single API after.

It uses Apple’s UI Automation test engine for iOS, and Google UI Automator or Google Instrumentation TestRunner for Android apps. The Selenium WebDriver API uses an architecture that’s commonly available to most programming languages and contains plugins and tools for basically any IDEs anyone could ever use.


7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

Sculpt is lightweight, mobile-first, and responsive framework based on HTML, CSS, and Sass. It’s specially written to cater to devices with relatively small dimensions. Additional media queries can be added as the device dimension increases. It has three active built-in grid sizes (732, 960, and 1140 px).

Since Sculpt uses Sass (.scss) stylesheets and variables, the apps built on this framework will not leave users of IE8 or those without JavaScript support behind. A mobile version of the website will always be there for IE8 users, ensuring greater usability.


7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

A jQuery based HTML5 framework for developing mobile apps which look and act like Native. It is based on Zepto.js and is integrated with Backbone. UI components are used from Ratchet CSS, which in itself is used to prototype iOS apps with simple HTML, CSS, and JS components.

It’s small, lightweight, and easy to use effectively since it’s based on jQuery. It has Modernizer and MVC support with Backbone. It works hard at combining the best of existing frameworks.


7 Mobile App Frameworks for Developers

This one is another Open Source framework for developing HTML5 and CSS3 apps. It’s short, lightweight, and easy to master. Most of the things you will need to kickoff a front-end app is provided with here. It ships with Ajax and LocalStorage adaptors which, again, are easy to use and even recreate.

It also has an active support community on Google and github. So even if you get stuck, there are always others who will be able to lend you a hand.

Keep the goals in your mind that your app needs to accomplish; your audience, their preferred device/platform/browser, and your own specifications. There’s no one-size-fits-all adage that can be applied to mobile app frameworks. You may want to choose a framework and create an app with huge JavaScript and CSS stylesheets. Sure it would make for a great mobile user experience, but it would go to waste if a majority of your audience has no JavaScript support.

Don’t give your audience what you want. Give them what they need.

Happy Developing!

Author Bio: Lucy Barret is a WordPress developer and a Blogger. She is associated with HireWPGeeks Ltd., a PSD to WordPress Company. She handles all the major projects of WordPress customization and has a team of experienced WordPress Developer. You can follow her company on social media networks like Facebook and Google+

Monday, October 12

Featured Designer: Oliver the Magnificent Icon Maker

Today’s featured designer is Oliver from Bucharest, Romania whose main goal is to solve problems through well-crafted and eye catching designs.

When you hear the word “icons,” you think simple illustrations like social media logos, mail, Facebook thumbs, and elements like arrows and gears.

For Oliver, icons are more than just that—they are tiny, precious gems that can either make or break your designs. With that in mind, Oliver and his creative cohorts have racked their brains and sweat buckets to create gorgeous icon sets that you can use in practically any design project, especially for web and mobile applications.

Among Oliver’s featured creations is the Smashicons set. Composed of a whopping 14,000 icons, which are continuously being tweaked and added, Smashicons features elements under a wide range of categories. This includes medical, movies, file types, holidays, business, religion, and many others, all of which are available in four design styles: color, webby, outline, and solid.

Ready to see a new world of icons? Hop over to Oliver’s Dribble profile.

Featured Designer: Oliver the Magnificent Icon Maker

Friday, October 9

Featured Designer: Squeaky Clean UI Designer Mateusz Dembek

Today’s featured designer is Mateusz Dembek, a self-proclaimed design addict and teacher from the Medieval and gastronomy haven of Poland.

With passionate love for flat designs, Mateusz’ works are minimalist and beautiful. Using complimentary colors of mostly cool hues, sometimes sprinkled with bright warm tones, he creates designs that are sleek and clutter-free. This is a principle that he applies to all of his designs, regardless if it’s for a website, a mobile app, or a fancy freebie.

Dembek’s approach to UI and general designs make his work easy to tweak and a breeze to navigate.

Want to see more of Mateusz’ clean UI designs? Then head over to his Dribble page.

Featured Designer: Squeaky Clean UI Designer Mateusz Dembek

Wednesday, October 7

Featured Photographer: Brilliantly Sombre Silvia Grav

Today’s featured photographer is Silvia Grav of Spain. Putting down the brush for the camera, Silvia is continuously gaining acclaim with her brilliant and surreal images.

Silvia Grav was born in Basque Country. She started in fine arts but was frustrated and left during her second year to devote herself to improving her photography on her own. Since then, she has appeared in several major magazines and blogs, continuously working on artwork for various musicians and has been involved in various new projects.

Silvia seemingly has a penchant for the melancholic, with most of her works radiating a glum aura, which is further emphasized by her preference for black and white. Nonetheless, a closer look at her works and ideal use of various techniques such as solarization and superimposition reveals great depth and sensibility.

Visit Silvia’s Flickr and indulge in more of her wistful works.

Featured Photographer: Brilliantly Sombre Silvia Grav


Featured Photographer: Brilliantly Sombre Silvia Grav 2

Tuesday, October 6

Freebie: Huge Halloween Collection 2015

Trick or treat?! The night of the dead is coming, and as the preparation for this historically-solemn-turned-festive occasion begins, so comes the wave of fun and colorful graphic elements for your ghoulish project.

Centuries ago, Halloween was a rather plain and somber event. However, as time passed by, people’s fear started to wane, and what used to scare the living daylights out of little kids became a joyous day celebrated with sweet treats, splashy costumes, and loud parades.

If you’re planning to celebrate this fun holiday as well, then start primping your projects with these equally fun design elements. Don’t forget; you can also use most of them for that awesome Halloween party you’re throwing.

Brilliant Icons

Freebie: Halloween Collection 2015

This Halloween Icon Set includes six bright orange non-shaded icons, including a skull, pumpkin, spider, ghost, cauldron, and Frankenstein.

Colorful Ribbons

Deck your landing, home, and other web pages with fun Halloween Ribbons. Choose from eight designs featuring a Halloween item on black, orange, or violet ribbon.

Scary Font

Don’t just use any font for your Halloween design! Choose one as apt and chilling as the You Murderer BB Font, which imitates a dying message written with blood.

Countdown Vampire

Just how many days are left until the big spooky day? Let your visitors know with this Halloween Countdown Widget, which displays a cute vampire on your sidebar.

Halloween Logos

Freebie: Halloween Collection 2015 2

This Logo Set includes six cool typogragphy emblems over a black background.

Background Illustrations

Looking for the perfect background textures that will match the occasion? This set of Halloween Illustrations, which features orange and black argyle, plaid, and spider designs, are probably what you have been searching for.

Pumpkin Poster

What’s a party without a poster? Use this Halloween Pumpkin Poster for your website or family party.

Retro Poster Design

Maybe you’re not into pumpkins? Well, get retro and groovy with this Halloween Poster, which illustrates a castle atop a mountain.

Pumpkin Emoticons

Jack o’ Lanterns are often depicted with a happy yet frightening expression, but that doesn’t mean they can only flash a smile. This cute set of Pumpkin Emoticons includes 20 face expressions ranging from happy to sad to angry.

Halloween Emblems

Freebie: Halloween Collection 2015 3

This is similar to the set of logos above. However, instead of the monotonous white over black, this set of Halloween Emblems includes six typography banners in vibrant orange, red, and violet shades.