Uses of JavaScript in Mobile Application Development

Designing sites or web apps for the mobile web is not a task that most designers like, as it is rather difficult. The user interfaces are optimized for use with fingers and not with a traditional mouse cursor that most people are used to. Moreover, there are bandwidth limitations to contend with. Hence, for people who have been designing for desktops all this while, there is going to be a drastic change in the way they need to think. JavaScript frameworks come to your rescue and help make the task easier.

One of these frameworks is JQuery Mobile that is a great help in developing mobile app UIs across several platforms for mobile devices like Android and iOS. The advantage with this framework is code base that is extremely lightweight (weighing just 20KB when) in addition to several other elements like sliders and switches. If you do not like JQuery Mobile too much, you could try using some Moo Tools plugins that will help.

Titanium Mobile is another great framework for web development that is quite powerful and lets you use JavaScript, CSS, and HTML while designing apps for operating systems like Android and iOS. It already has a dedicated developer community whose members are willing to lend a helping hand to other developers. Moreover, this framework supports user interface elements of the mobile operating systems like popovers, table views, and tabs. The built-in features enable interacting with the mobile’s file storage system and camera as well.

Developers must have surely heard of The-M-Project which is another JavaScript framework that can come in very handy while using the new HTML5 features that enhance the development of mobile apps. The framework is based on the sought after bit of software architecture called model-view-controller (MVC) which most developers of today depend on. The additional benefit is that developers can work even without Internet connectivity as there is offline support as well. The project has an easy guide for new users who can get acquainted quickly.

One other framework that is specifically meant to be used by developers who work on mobile devices that are HTML5 capable is Jo. In addition to Android and iOS, they can work on Chrome OS and webOS platforms as well. The framework has user interface elements like widgets for login screens in addition to the widget for popups that is helpful for providing additional information anytime a user needs it.

For development tasks like event handling and DOM manipulation and good animation effects, developers can use the framework called xui.js which is meant for Internet Explorer or WebKit. Similarly, EmbedJS is a framework meant for embedded devices like mobile phones, tablets, and even TVs. It is armed with multiple builds and can be used on platforms and browsers like Firefox (Mozilla) Android and iOS. You also have access to the tool EmbedJS Build Tool that lets you customize your build. This framework is based on Dojo; hence developers used to the API Syntax (Dojo) can start using this framework without any hassles.