What are Hybrid Apps?
"A (hybrid app) is a software application that combines elements of both native apps and web applications. Hybrid apps are essentially web apps that have been put in a native app shell. Once they are downloaded from an app store and installed locally, the shell is able to connect to whatever capabilities the mobile platform provides through a browser that's embedded in the app. The browser and its plug-ins run on the back end and are invisible to the end user.
Why are Hybrid Apps becoming more common?
SearchSoftwareQuality explains that "hybrid apps are popular because they allow developers to write code for a mobile app once and still accommodate multiple platforms."
Can You Easily Build Hybrid Apps?
"By leveraging PhoneGap, Alpha Software customers can quickly create, update and deploy business applications that run on a wide range of devices and can leverage the key hardware features new mobile apps require."
- Brian LeRoux, Product Manager for Adobe PhoneGapAlpha Anywhere is a single development and deployment environment with rich design, security, integration and administrative features that slashes development time by 5 to 10 times, and simplifies the process of building HTML5 business applications. With one click, Alpha Anywhere 2.0 can then turn these HTML5 business applications into installable hybrid applications with full access to device hardware.
"We originally built our solution as an Alpha Anywhere responsive web design that worked on smartphones, tablets and desktops," said Max Hammond, CFO and Vice President at Advanced Practice Management, a medical practice management firm that provides software solutions for physicians. "Using the new Adobe PhoneGap Build integration in Alpha Anywhere, we have been able to quickly and easily transform our solution into an installable mobile business app that taps right into native hardware functionality and runs securely and responsively on any mobile device or desktop used in clinics."
The Benefits of HTML5 Plus Access to Native Device Capabilities and Deployment Through App Stores
Building HTML5 applications in Alpha Anywhere enables developers to rapidly create business applications that can run on a wide range of mobile devices and the web. Alpha Anywhere makes it possible to create hybrid business apps with one click by fully automating the process of building Adobe PhoneGap™ apps by integrating the Adobe PhoneGap Build service, which assembles PhoneGap apps in the cloud from HTML5 and standardized native code. As a result, Alpha Anywhere preserves the benefits of HTML5 development and adds those benefits commonly found in native applications, such as exploiting hardware features like barcode scanners, local storage and contact lists.
"By giving developers — even those without prior PhoneGap knowledge — a simple and fast way to turn their Alpha Anywhere-created HTML5 business applications into hybrid apps, Alpha Software has made the creation of powerful cross platform hybrid business applications a reality for even more businesses," said Brian LeRoux, Product Manager for Adobe PhoneGap. "By leveraging PhoneGap, Alpha Software customers can quickly create, update and deploy business applications that run on a wide range of devices and can leverage the key hardware features new mobile apps require."
"Using the new PhoneGap Build integration in Alpha Anywhere 2.0, developers can build impressive HTML5 business applications, transform them into hybrid business apps, and then deploy them through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store," said Dan Bricklin, CTO of Alpha Software. "We integrated Adobe PhoneGap Build so developers can build hybrid business apps from within the easy-to-use Alpha Anywhere environment."
Enhancements for Easier Development and Deployment of Responsive Business Applications
Additional new enhancements in the latest release of Alpha Anywhere include:
- Built-in, Wizard-Driven Support for Industry Standard Icon Fonts makes it easy to choose and use high-quality icons and design elements that are rendered as fonts instead of requiring multiple bitmaps for different screen sizes and resolutions. Developers can choose from a wide variety of professionally designed icons, allowing them to get a polished look with little effort.
- Support for Cross-Domain Ajax Callbacks facilitates getting data from third-party services.
- Number Format Genie makes it easier to specify sophisticated numeric formatting for data displayed on the screen, such as currency, part numbers and more.
- New Web Application Security Genie makes it easier to configure the Alpha Anywhere security framework.
- New capability facilitates the use of cURL commands on the server, leveraging a popular library for accessing files using URL syntax.
- Enhancements to automate support of internationalized versions of applications.
- Many enhancements to the List Control, including client-side group breaks, an index bar, and filtering and sorting, all of which enhance the display of lists.
- New Style Themes to support the iOS7 and Android look, which are in addition to the existing iOS6 and many desktop themes.
- New Quick Start Templates added to the Alpha Anywhere library.
Develop Hybrid Apps for Free
Alpha Anywhere Community Edition allows you to build hybrid apps for free.
Alpha Software empowers a wide range of business application developers with innovative development and deployment products that offer significant productivity gains. Alpha Anywhere is the complete front-end to back-end, prototype-to-production environment for rapid development and deployment of enterprise-level, cross-platform mobile and web business applications. For over a decade, developers and business professionals in tens of thousands of organizations in over one hundred countries have cost-effectively deployed enterprise applications with Alpha Software products in-house and in the cloud.