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Friday, 12-Apr-2013 13:25 Email | Share | Bookmark
Phonegap or native for a TV Guide app

Really the decision to use phonegap comes down to abilities,Nikita series resources and performance needs. Phonegap will be slower than native just by it's very nature that it's another layer on top of native whereas native is optimized to be as fast as possible. Then the second question is your resources. If you only plan on releasing to one platform and have the ability to build native, that could make the most sense. On the other hand if you don't have the resources and want to build to multiple platforms quicker, phonegap will definitely fill that need.

For frameworks, there is sencha, jquery mobile, Dojo Mobile (I find that framework to be the most difficult to use) and Kendo UI (newest of the bunch but not really free either).

PhoneGap just wrapps a native-app South Park Season 14 hull around a browser-application. This means: the phonegap-app must simulate a webbrowser and its javascript-engine. It does not convert your application into a real native app. This makes phonegap-apps slower than native apps.

I made bad experiences with an app that is scrolling through a long table of more than 1000 items, each of them holding five text-strings and two icons. Scrolling through the first 10 or 20 items was reasonable, but at item #50 it became really slow, and beyond item #100 scrolling was almost imposible.


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