Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Whenever it comes to mobile application development, today people are using tools to create the Cross-Platform Mobile Applications. And the first name that comes to the mind is PhoneGap. It’s an Open source tool that acts as a bridge between the individual mobile OS SDKs and common development practices. But when IBM acquired Worklight and comes in the market with advanced technology add-on then it raised a very important question of discussion; how IBM Worklight is different as compare to PhoneGap.

In today’s article we will throw some light over its differences, features and which application is better. 

First of all we have to understand that both of them are not the same thing. Though they develop mobile apps for a cross-platform mobile apps but there are major differences in both of them. PhoneGap is an open-source tool that acts as a bridge between individual mobile OD SDKs and common development practices. And this tool supports multiple mobile OS like iOS, android, Blackberry, Windows etc. It allows you to create mobile apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript; and has the ability of wrapping up your work for definite mobile OS. Well, Worklight offers the same things but in a better way, like it’s suitable for the development of mobile applications for both consumers and enterprises. 

It works for different SDKs and Mobile OS like iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry and is compatible with HTML5, web, hybrid and native apps etc. which is an added advantage to the tool. In this it’s different from PhoneGap by an added feature like WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) which is not present in the PhoneGap.

IBM Worklight mobile app development controls PhoneGap and adds to its capabilities as a deeper mobile solution. IBM Worklight actually comes packed with PhoneGap. And it extends its reach as a full Mobile Application Platform as opposed to just being a script library or mobile app packaging client.

IBM Worklight vs PhoneGap –





Feature               
PhoneGap
IBM Worklight
Supports HTML5, CSS3, Java Script
Yes
Yes
3rd Party extensible
Yes
Yes
Development IDE/platform
No
Yes
WYSIWYG
No
Yes
Access native common controls tab bar, options menu, and more
No

Yes
Build


Cross-platform support
Yes
Yes
Web apps
Yes
Yes
Hybrid apps
Yes
Yes
Native apps
No
Yes
Desktop apps
No
Yes
Integrated shell coding
No             
Yes
Deployment and Management
       
                                                               
Application server
No
Yes
Mobile browser simulator
No
Yes
Authentication framework
No
Yes
Integrated backend connection
No
Yes
Encrypted offline storage
No
Yes
Runtime skinning
No
Yes
Unified push notifications
No
Yes
SMS delivery
No
Yes
Direct update
No
Yes
Version management
No
Yes
BI reports integration
No
yes

The above table shows all the major difference and how IBM Worklight is better than the PhoneGap. Though IBM Worklight comes packaged with PhoneGap but it offers all the extended features and benefits which makes it standing ahead in the crowd of mobile apps development. More importantly it saves time in every phase of development and it uses minimum resources in the development period which saves lots of cost. It is secured and well-coordinated which makes it really best choice for any enterprise for mobile application development.
For more information regarding IBM mobile applications, you can visit their website (http://www-01.ibm.com/software/mobile-solutions/)

1 comments:

  1. I firmly believe that phonegap development has been quite successful over the years. I do not think that anybody will now prefer to develop any particular application individually for all the platforms, keeping in mind the cost and time spent during the development process. PhoneGap is one easy way to develop apps for all the platforms easily.

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