Yikes. That’s a serious disconnect between how developers want to work and how they feel they have to work when developing mobile apps.
And it’s understandable: iOS and Android app development through web languages (known as hybrid app development) hasn’t been perfect in the past. Tools that facilitate this type of development haven’t been perfect, and device hardware and mobile internet speeds have been legitimate concerns for those considering hybrid app development.
Recently, however, with the proliferation of 4G and similar speeds as standard for mobile internet, and device hardware leaping forward, hybrid apps began reaching performance parity with natively developed apps, removing the need for natively coding separate apps (and learning Swift/Java) for iOS and Android.
That took care of one obstacle, but we still didn’t see a great platform for efficiently developing these types of apps with “web dev” languages, namely HTML/CSS/JS.
We know you probably saw this line coming a few paragraphs ago, but: That’s where Aquro comes in.
Our goal from the beginning has been to make it possible for every web developer to become an app developer using the languages they are already confident using.
Of course, there were already some platforms that allowed for this kind of development in its simplest form, but we felt that they left out a missing piece of the puzzle that lay in actually making an efficient interface and tools to help accelerate several of the processes involved in hybrid app creation.
Here are a few of these processes we’d like to highlight in particular:
Just as any other web application, most mobile apps center around the concept of pages, with each page having a specific purpose. In Aquro, we’ve worked to create a process that helps speed up page creation without sacrificing control.
Forms, fields, images, buttons, and beyond: To be able to quickly create and edit the components that live in your app is essential to any development platform worth its weight.
For this reason, all components created with Aquro’s Visual Designer are essentially HTML snippets with build-in Handlebars templating support. All ready-made components are completely open source within the Aquro App Studio, meaning you can copy and modify components in any way you see fit.
Of course, you can write HTML and Handlebars markup to create your own completely new components as needed. Again, our goal is to make processes easy and out-of-the-box, but still provide options when you need something we haven’t thought of yet.
Writing App Logic
Accessing Native Device Hardware
Accessing device hardware – camera, GPS, local storage, and more - with apps created via Aquro is easy, greatly increasing the types of apps you can create.
Our Theme & Mission
As you can probably tell, we’re working hard to fill the gap between dumbed-down drag and drop platforms and their tedious native coding counterparts. Specifically, we want to give web developers and other technically inclined individuals a way to develop apps that simultaneously increases development speed without sacrificing control and customization.
Will it work? You be the judge - try it out for yourself for free here!
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