Cross-platform app development

Aditi Dosi
2 min readSep 23, 2022
Ionic and Xamarin are two popular frameworks for building a hybrid application. The difference between Xamarin and Ionic is not limited to performance only, but it is also applicable to the size of the application, UX/UI experience, Code reusability, third-party SDK, etc.

Cross-platform app development is possibly an alternative of fully native engineering. In the classic native approach, we produce the two different applications: One written in Java for Android and other in Swift or Objective-C for iOS. The development in this way is pretty time-consuming and expensive because in this case, we have to write the same code twice. On the other side, it ensures the highest code consistency whose look and feel is similar to the original app.

In contrast, Cross-Development allows the engineer to write the code once and apply some parts of it’s across the entire platform. Mostly this happens at the cost of performance and behavior. Cross-Platform communities reduce these advantages by continuously introducing new approaches and tools.

Advantages of the Cross-Platform Development are:

Cost-Effectiveness: It enables the investigation just once and in a single team.

One Technology Stack: Developers can use the single technology stack for a wide variety of engineering tasks.

Reusable Code: Up to 90% of codebase can be reused from one platform to another, instead of designing the same functionality in another language.

Easy Maintainability: It is easier to maintain and deploy the changes because there is no need to maintain applications on each platform separately.

If we want to develop the Cross-Platform app, the next challenge is to decide the tool which we want to use. Each framework has its Pros and Cons. Here we will consider the basic selection criteria for Xamarin and Ionic framework, which will help us to take the right decision.

  • Xamarin is a Microsoft-supported framework for cross-platform mobile app development which uses the C# and Native libraries wrapped in a .NET layer.
  • Ionic is the framework whose aim is to develop the hybrid app using HTML5 and Angular.