The other day I wrote about an app builder called Onsen UI. I thought it was a pretty good system but still wary of the look and feel of the apps made with it because the underlying code is Apache-Cordova. It turns out there are five or six I have found now that I would suspect are the major players. Here is a link to an article about these so I will not go into that but will just discuss my feeling about them. Best-hybrid-mobile-app-ui-frameworks-html5-js-css.
I found Phone Gap a few years ago and did a little investigation to see if it was a viable solution for me. At that time it was absolutely not. Phone Gap is being handled by Adobe. I do not know if they are the driving force behind it and finance it but I know they have a big hand in it as the documentation is on their site. I also know that is how I found PG, by Adobe documentation looking for something else. I got into coding with the purpose of making an app. The first app I wanted to make was an app for woodworking that collated all the woodworking jigs into on place on mobile which would be very convenient to have in your shop. Having plans for building a jig right there without having to print it out or have your computer collecting all that dust.
The other day I found Onsen UI and that seems much better to me. It has an editor all the example code, way better docs, and a CLI just to name a few of its many features. All of these Cordova applications or editors are very expensive. I think a better word to elaborate the cost would be the word uber and not the taxi app. Totally expensive. Blew me away at the cost. Did I get my point across that they are a lot of money? I mean the apps that they are putting out are known to be slower and look similar to a native app but are nowhere near as pretty. All the sites have a lot of double speak saying this isn’t true but if you slow down and really read the documentation and look at the examples there are none that look good enough but to be inter office apps in my opinion. Not one that I would ever put into an app store or charge for. I mean, I thought these should be free to use and learn but it turns out that is not even the case. I can only guess this is true because once you use it for awhile you will probably find out that you wouldn’t put one of these apps in the store either and that would mean you won’t paty for it so they get the money up front.