Co-founder of BearTax
For all those web developers, who’s been looking at the app development space like an alien world while building and enhancing the mobile web experience back in 2012 — Ionic Framework, one of the earliest hybrid frameworks which is easy to understand as well as very well documented came as a gift for web developers.
They call it hybrid applications — Non-Native — works on both android and iOS in single shot.
With the same inspiration, we have built our Ionic application. however due to web app being bundled in a mobile app without using native libraries, some of the transitions are a bit stuttering, which makes it evident that the app is a hybrid one and not native. Facebook was also working on something of their own instead of Ionic. Most of this hybrid push in big companies is because web developers are more abundant resources compared to android and ios developers and cost effecient.
Since then, there’s a strong competition between React vs Angular and thus ReactNative vs Ionic Framework. React has good logic of loading DOM and have started getting traction quickly. Thus Angular has learnt all mistakes and now came up with complete new Angular2 which is recently updated to Angular4.
This elaborate explanation is to help you talk about the hybrid frameworks fluently, understand the resource allocation and choice of framework while going ahead with a project. Short answer would be “Ionic is a hybrid framework where web developers can build mobile apps”
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