Ionic Mobile App Development: Pros and Cons

  • The developer only needs to write one code for every platform which saves much time and effort.
  • Fewer codes mean less cost of developing and maintaining a codebase.
  • The Ionic framework uses web technologies to give a native-like look to the app. Therefore, there is no need to hire native developers.
  • Apps made using the Ionic framework can be easily maintained via built-in browser instruments and debugging tools.
  • The Ionic framework allows developers to easily transfer mobile apps into desktop apps.
  • The developer doesn’t need a deep platform-specific knowledge as Ionic is easy to understand and even offers various web frameworks to choose from.
  • Developers only need to know basic programming languages like Angular, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. There is no need for Java and Swift or Objective-C.
  • Ionic Framework offers a wide range of plugins and UI components to make the app development process effortless.
  • Being an open-source framework, Ionic is supported by the best developers across the globe. Therefore, if a developer faces any kind of problem while developing an app, he can get help from Ionic development forums.
  • When it comes to heavy application development like gaming apps, Ionic is not the best framework to use as it takes its graphic elements via a browser which takes several steps to show the image on the screen. The heavy graphic app puts more steps in between, thus creating more loading time.
  • Though there are numerous ready-made plugins in the Ionic framework, in some cases, these plugins don’t match the requirements, and the developer needs to develop the plugin himself.
  • Ionic doesn’t allow developers to use native codes for developing native plugins. For implementing native plugins, it needs to be transformed into JavaScript.
  • Sometimes native plugins aren’t stable and can clash with each other.
  • Developing an app using the Ionic framework can raise some security issues in both native as well as web apps. So, the developer needs to be cautious at all times.
  • Ionic doesn’t provide hot reloading, which means it does not allow the developer to make any changes without reloading the whole app. Ionic uses live reloading instead.
  • Ionic has complicated debugging which makes it harder to spot errors.



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