6 Key Mobile App Development Tools for 2018

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With the new year here and a whole year of mobile app development work lying ahead of you, it’s time to start thinking about maximizing your work-time efficiency and effectiveness. To do that, getting familiar with and connected to the best mobile app dev tools is essential.

Here are six key tools to consider using going throughout 2018 and beyond, that will boost your productivity and make your job that much easier:

1.   Get the latest version of Retrace

Retrace is a classic tool for all manner of Web-based HTTP service monitoring, and it’s no less a high-performance tool for mobile apps than it is for non-mobile ones. Performance testing is essential if you want to ensure a prime customer experience from the get-go and not risk sinking your perfectly good app into oblivion due to a poor first impression on users. Click here to learn how to monitor Web service performance using Retrace and how its latest incarnation is superior to all the forerunners!

2.   Start using Xamarin for native applications

For native apps, Xamarin’s ability to reuse logic-layers and to quickly access data cross-platform makes it the ideal choice for programmers. It can handle large quantities of local data, offline programming mode, and image-recognition with ease. And being based on C-sharp and running on dot-NET, it’s perfect for iOS, Android, and Windows apps alike.

3.   Use PhoneGap for cross platform apps

PhoneGap is a great fit when you’re working on cross-platform mobile apps. It lets you create only one app and yet allows that one app to work well on every type of mobile device. It can use a number of different code-types, including JavaScript. And you can gradually improve your app with ease by adding new functions via PhoneGap’s plugin architecture.

4.   Speed things up with the “Appcelerator”

One key tool to speed up mobile app dev efforts is known as “Appcelerator.” Appcelerator lets you construct your new applications using fewer lines of code, which certainly saves you time and effort. It works well with both native and cross-platform apps and with iOS, Windows, and Android. It lets you write once, then run everywhere. And its coding is platform-targeted, which gives you a smoother run on any compatible platform.

5.   Get in touch with Sencha Touch

Sencha Touch is your MVC based JavaScript mobile application tool of choice. Its star feature is that you can program with it by touch instead of key clicks or mouse movements. It’s compatible with almost everything, and end users love it because it renders your app extremely responsive and easy to navigate from a smartphone.

6.   Use Ionic to make hybrid apps

Finally, another tool that should be in your mobile app development tool box is Ionic if, that is, you plan on making any hybrid mobile apps. Ionic is open source and easy to use for anyone with basic programming knowledge. It helps you build extremely interactive mobile applications with relative ease.

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Brihanna Watson

Brihanna has been a tech fanatic and computer nerd nearly all her life. When she isn’t chasing around kids or glued to her iPhone, she is updating app junkies like herself on where to find the latest go-to apps. Twitter & Tumblr @brihannajoi

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