Are you developing with responsive design in mind?
Responsive mobile apps are the new standard, but building them without understanding the proper tools can be daunting. To ensure you are up to the challenge, take a look at the following tools. Especially when used in conjunction with the new Appery.io Visual Builder, these tools can help you create some fantastically responsive mobile apps.
Twitter’s Bootstrap is the reigning king of responsive UI frameworks – you can easily go from desktop to tablet to smartphone, since Bootstrap adapts to the change in platforms and their screen sizes quickly and efficiently.
In addition to the regular HTML elements, Bootstrap contains other commonly used interface elements and advanced typographic capabilities. The elements include buttons with advanced features — including the grouping of buttons or buttons with a drop-down option, navigation lists, horizontal and vertical tabs, and labels. The components are implemented as CSS classes that must be applied to particular HTML elements in a page.
AngularJS is an extremely popular web app framework designed to combat the challenges encountered in developing single-page applications. Its goal is to simplify both the development and testing of single-page applications by providing a framework for a client-side model–view–controller (MVC) architecture.
In general, HTML is great for declaring static documents, but has issues when you try and use it for for declaring dynamic views in web applications. AngularJS extends the HTML vocabulary for your application, creating an environment that is expressive, readable, and enabled for efficient development.
In terms of building responsive and dynamic apps, AngularJS is a fantastic tool for multiple reasons including it’s two-way data binding: AngularJS allows you to automatically update the view whenever the model changes, and, vice versa, you can update the model whenever the view changes. This means you can remove DOM manipulation from your list of things to deal with, making responsive development faster and easier.
In the App Builder
The Appery.io Builder has supported PhoneGap capability for a long time, and recently we’ve updated the Appery.io Builder to also include AngularJS and Bootstrap support. With the new AngularJS and Bootstrap Visual Editor, you can use Bootstrap’s responsive utilities, such as the grid system, for showing and hiding content depending on screen size. Also, you can easily use UI components like drop-downs, button groups, and alerts.
Try to build responsive apps with the new Appery.io Visual Builder by going through these tutorials.
Happy responsive coding!
Originally posted on the Appery.io blog.