As someone who’s on his/her journey of exploring mobile app development using jQuery Mobile and HTML5, this is a post you definitely can’t afford missing. Here, I’ve jotted down a list of few must-know pros and cons of building mobile apps using jQuery Mobile and HTML5. Hope by the end of this post you’ll be able to decide as to whether or not you should opt for the same for your next app development assignment.
How’s it like developing mobile apps using jQuery Mobile and HTML5
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Now, we would be looking at the multiple pros of Mobile app development using jQuery and HTML5
1. jQuery Mobile comes with a narrow learning curve
2. jQuery Mobile works as the best option for developing cross-platform and cross-device mobile applications
3. Custom theme development is possible with jQuery Mobile framework
When it comes to developing the theme for your mobile application, jQuery Mobile has a lot in store for you. This framework comes with a built-in tool called ThemeRoller which allows you to create stunning app themes without the need for writing even a single line of code. Plus, there are remarkable layout grids which make it convenient for you to create the client’s product/service page, result page and a range of other custom pages. You can easily add collapsible menus to the applications developed using jQuery Mobile and HTML5.
4. A viable means of avoiding worries related to app store approval
A tremendously painful things associated with mobile app development is dealing with the App Store approval process. By choosing jQuery Mobile and HTML5 for developing apps, you can easily avoid the stress of getting your app(s) approved by the app stores. The reason for this being that the jQuery mobile apps come with all the qualities of a wonderful app that is well accepted by the multiple app stores.
Now, let’s get to know about some cons associated with Mobile app development using jQuery and HTML5
1. Multiple issues crop up simply because jQuery Mobile uses Ajax for navigating through pages
Yet another biggest issue faced while working with jQuery Mobile is its interaction with .NET, especially in case of update panels. In other words, each time the content was received from the server after a Postback, it didn’t return the desired HTML Class that had to be used for loading the style. I solved this issue by registering the script functions in the code located behind the one shown below:
private void RunScript()
/* Run script */
ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript(this.Page, this.GetType(), "CreateSearchResult", "CreateSearchResult();", true);
2. jQuery mobile apps are slower as compared to native mobile apps
One of the biggest disadvantages of jQuery Mobile applications is that even on the latest iOS and Android hardware, they are noticeable slower as compared to the native mobile applications. Although I still haven’t tested my jQuery mobile app on an older Android device, I feel the app would turn unusable there. Especially, if you’re targeting the iOS mobile platform, then there is a dire need to look into a reasonable performance of the browser for the app to function in the desired way.
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3. Limited capabilities as compared to native mobile applications
4. Page Transitions and Animations don’t carry a ‘native’ look and feel
Yet another noticeable drawback of jQuery mobile applications is that they don’t come with the look and feel of a native mobile app. That means, jQuery mobile applications are sluggish, poor in their visual appearance and might not function in the same way as the native apps.
Wrapping it all up
Like everything on this planet, even jQuery Mobile and HTML5 platform has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. While it isn’t suitable for all kinds of applications, it can turn to be a great option for apps that need to be updated on a frequent basis. So, before choosing the same, find designing efforts require to develop websites or apps, do analyze your requirements and expectations to a maximum level.