Titanium: Cross Platform at it’s Best
- September 16, 2015
WHAT IS TITANIUM?
But that’s not all. Titanium does much more than just building apps that run on multiple platforms. Its true power comes from how it helps you build best of breed, native apps that take full advantage of the platforms on which they run. By this, we mean apps that:
- Use hardware-specific features, such as the Android menu button
- Use OS-specific controls, such as the Cocoa UI controls on iOS
- Participate in the platform ecosystem, for example using platform-appropriate notification mechanisms
HOW DOES ONE PLATFORM DO SO MUCH?
WHAT MAKES IT THE BEST?
The Titanium framework is loaded with exhilarating features, which is probably why it has become one of the most preferred frameworks among developers. Some of the features of the Titanium mobile framework are:
- Entails Trending Web Technology: It utilizes web technologies that are both trendy and powerful, including AJAX, HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery.
- Supports Multiple Platforms: Titanium has exclusive features that can be used to deploy applications without compatibility issues on various devices such as tablets, desktop and mobiles.
- Ensures Native Support: This framework comes with platform-independent API that ensures full access for native-supporting features.
WHY SHOULD YOU GIVE IT A TRY?
- Easily Available: Titanium framework is free and open-sourced, so it is readily accessible to developers.
- Easy-to-Access Native Features: Titanium framework comes with a platform-independent API that can make applications feature-rich because it can access advanced features such as touchscreens, cameras, GPS, navigation, contacts, storage, and much more.
- Simplified Coding Structure: Because it supports HTML5 and other robust web technologies, developers can build apps that are compatible with iOS, Android and other powerful platforms. In short, there is no need to code one application multiple times for different platforms.
- Superb performance: The Titanium framework is packed with various functional entities that will definitely deliver a high-performance application.
- Deliver Quick Prototype: It comes with an integrated environment that will help developers build quick prototypes so they can get user feedback as quickly as possible.
The Titanium framework offers flexible, scalable, and cost-effective application development capabilities.
IT CAN’T BE PERFECT. WHAT ARE THE DOWNSIDES?
One of the major downsides of using Titanium as a framework is that it still doesn’t offer as much support as most hope for and want today. This is mainly due to the fact that Titanium API connects directly to the native platform, and taking up a new platform is a lot of work. For this reason, Titanium only supports the larger platforms in Android, iOS, and some level of mobile web browser support. Also, some user interface components do not perform as well as their native counterparts. The Titanium team stresses that they are committed to spending a great amount of time working on this issue but the fact remains that Titanium can never support all native APIs and device functionality, which continue to grow and develop on the native platforms per each new release and update to the native operating systems.
TO INVEST IN TITANIUM OR NOT TO INVEST, THAT IS THE QUESTION.
Just as in everything else, in every design approach, in every technological decision, there are advantages and disadvantages. For simple, some projects Titanium is a good choice but if you’re looking forward to use it on robust apps choose native development environments.
Once you have an understanding of the unique way that Titanium works as a platform, you can understand the power of what is being offered:
- A solution to create mobile applications currently on Android or iOS without having to learn to program code individually for each respective platform.
- A platform that is able to access native controls and device functionality directly and offers a better user experience by offering behavior and animations a user expects.
- Most of all a free platform for mobile development offered under the GNU General Public License.
This framework, even with its drawbacks, is offering more than other competitors and will most likely be further adopted.