The beauty of AppMobi's slick, cloud-based IDE for building cross-platform mobile apps runs only skin deep
There was an option to test over local Wi-Fi, so long as the development machine (running the browser-based XDK) and device were on the same network. Alas, this setup also proved buggy, and the content updates unreliable.
In addition to using the AppMobi XDK, I tried AppMobi's PhoneGap XDK, a separate browser-based IDE that spares you the need to install the PhoneGap SDK locally. Although compatibility is not so straightforward as to allow you to just copy and paste in PhoneGap code, adopting the PhoneGap XDK does wed you to PhoneGap. In other words, you'll be reliant on AppMobi to update in lock-step with PhoneGap going forward. Personally, I'd rather work in PhoneGap directly than attempt to eke minimal gains from AppMobi's IDE.
Smart developers, dumb tool
To its credit, AppMobi is quite adept at building out and enhancing underlying platform resources. The AppMobi team has spruced up PhoneGap and rewritten jQuery to produce a faster, smaller UI framework (jqMobi). It even created a new browser (mobiUs) that offers offline functionality, local storage, and solid gaming performance via its DirectCanvas framework.
Web app development is clearly AppMobi's forte. And by open-sourcing much of the work, AppMobi has drawn a good deal of attention.
But the AppMobi XDK isn't among the company's best work. It offers a good starting point or a way to get your feet wet, but anyone serious about developing mobile applications should look elsewhere. Ultimately, it's more a gimmicky emulator than a true IDE -- hardly a compelling platform for real-world mobile development.
This article, "Review: AppMobi XDK brings more style than substance to iPhone, Android development," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest news in programming and mobile technology at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.
You may still be better off sticking with Win7 or Win8.1, given the wide range of ongoing Win10...
Microsoft buried a Get Windows 10 ad generator inside this month's Internet Explorer security patch for...
Here’s the best of the best for Windows 10. Sometimes good things come in free packages
The creator of Linux talks in depth about the kernel, community, and how computing will change in the...
A long, rocky relationship with Apple products and tech support culminates with a tangled up Apple ID...
The iOS Web Debugger for Visual Studio Code is the latest attempt by Microsoft to woo iOS developers
APIs not only bridge the gap between microservices and traditional systems, they make microservices...