In today’s dynamic cross-device omni-channel user-engagement model, mobile seems to be the only constant. From governments and retailers to education and healthcare entities, all are resorting to mobility solutions to reach out to their target audience and serve them better. Without any exception, PhoneGap is a powerful framework for mobile application development allowing user to build quality apps that can run on any mobile devices, irrespective of their operating system types. In the discipline of Phonegap application development, plugins are the game-changer as they help developers to equip their apps with functionalities and capabilities that the users need.
Discover 10 Hottest Plugins in Phonegap Application Development.
# 1. StatusBar
Role: Appearance of status bar can be controlled and customized using this plugin.
# 2. PushPlugin
Role: It enables push notification functionality on the device. Android uses Google Cloud Messaging. iOS uses Apple APNS Notifications. WP8 uses Microsoft MPNS Notifications. Windows8 uses Microsoft WNS Notifications.
# 3. BarcodeScanner (deprecated)
Role: A must for a retail apps. This allows the app to scan and read different types of bar code. It works with active participation of the camera.
# 4. SocialSharing
Role: It enables sharing of text, images (and other files), or a link via the native sharing widget of the device.
# 5.Facebook Connect
Role: A PhoneGap developer can harness the power of the official plugin to enable the app connect seamlessly with Facebook.
Role: A must have for every app where you want the users to text. This is an ionic Keyboard Plugin.
Role: It connects the app with the Google Analytics account and allow the app owner to have 360-degree view of the user’s behavior.
Role: Toast? A buttonless popup that disappears automatically from an app when remains untouched. A PhoneGap developer can make use of the feature to show a Toast on the app.
# 9. LocalNotification
Role: This is used in PhoneGap apps to empower users set notifications for their personal use. Users can update, clear or cancel them. The plugin facilitates different interfaces to query for local notifications and a complete set of events to hook into the life cycle of local notifications.
# 10. Custom URL scheme
Role: Developers can empower users to launch a PhoneGap app using this URL: mycoolapp://
Irrespective of what we do in our life, we are interested in knowing the result. The higher the effort is in achieving something, the greater the curiosity is in knowing about its outcomes. In fact, this is a human psychology. And a Swift app developer is no more alien to this trait. Probably, anticipating this, Apple has introduced the latest IDE, i.e., Xcode 7.3.
Besides the plethora of enhancements in terms of error-handling, syntax writing, etc., that the IDE brings at the disposal of a Swift app developer, Interactive Playgrounds is a key component that has given a new momentum to the Swift app development discipline. A developer can see the outcomes of his/her coding on real-time as shown below.
There are 3 panels. The coding part is done in the first, and its interpretation and result are displayed in the second and third. Interestingly, the process happens consecutively, simultaneously and spontaneously -- changes get reflected as soon as the coding receives any modification. Thus, a developer has more flexibility to play with the codes and make things happen as per the demand of the client. Interactive Playgrounds not just speed up the app development process but also entitles developers to put a check on bugs and all those that don’t work, and apply everything that add wow factor to the app and the user experience.
An iOS app development company can also harness the power of Interactive Playgrounds to educate Swift app developers with beautiful text and interactive code. Trainers can illustrate with suitable examples and learners can experiment with new APIs to improve their Swift coding skills. Thus, Interactive Playgrounds favors quantitative and qualitative improvement. Early identification and removal of bugs will ultimately save the valuable time of app testing and review team, and is likely to curb the app rejection rate (46%), which puts their credibility at a risk.
Hope you found the information useful. I’m wrapping it up, but will be back soon with more updates on Swift app development. Do share your opinions and views. Goodbye!
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