Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review:Rhomobile vs Appcelerator/titanium vs PhoneGap Which one is Best?

What all Products are available for Mobile Application Development?
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There are plenty of players available for Mobile Development.
The major frameworks in market are
·       Appcelerator Titanium
·       DroidDraw
·       PhoneGap
·       Rhomobile
·       Application Markup Language (AML) etc.

Each of these frameworks has its own advantage and disadvantage. The choice of frameworks depends on project’s requirements.
Each platform for mobile applications also has a development environment which provides tools to allow a developer to code, test and deploy applications into the target platform environment. There are also Legacy Providers which are platform specific. 

In following table we have shown comparison of Rhodes with Legacy Provider and other frameworks.

Legacy Providers
Other Framework
Support all Smart Phone
Native UI
App Language
Model View Controller
Barcode/Signature Capture
Support all OS
Native Push API
Hosting Facility

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Why Rhomobile is different from other products in market?

·       Model View Controller
Most of the other framework available in market are based on HTML and JavaScript . Hence other frameworks force us to put all business logic into the view and JavaScript. However, as Rhodes is ruby based framework and its structure is similar to popular framework Rails it also support Model View Controller, so code written with Rhodes is more structured and easy to understand.

·       Cross Platform Support for All Devices
Rhodes supports far more device operating systems than any other framework: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and Symbian. The best thing is you have single code base from which you can build application for different smart phone. It does not work legacy way that we have to write seperate code for different types of phones.

·       Offline Capabilities using Rhosync
Rhomobile supports local synchronization of data. Older sync servers don’t support modern smartphones such as iPhone and Android. Most iPhone developers that need sync just end up writing their own synchronization code or process. As we can synchronize the data using Rhosync it provide offline Capabilities. We can work even if you are offline.

·       Object Relational Manager
Rhodes provides inbuilt Object Relational Manager called Rhom. It is similar to Active Record in Rails but with basic functionality only. It helps us to write queries without thinking about which database is being used by phone

·       Rapid Development
One of the interesting features of Rhodes is that it imposes some fairly serious constraints on how you structure your applications which help us for Rapid development. Rhomobile products are properly structured and well organized which enforce  us to do rapid development. Modern web developers have found Rhodes to be very comfortable, familiar and massively productive.

·       Scalable Sync Server
The Sync Server uses NoSql Database which makes it scalable. In addition, RhoSync has several compelling advantages over other sync servers yet built. Specifically it is the only sync server that has a built-in “no SQL”  Redis key value store, making it more scalable than other sync servers who offers internal relational database servers for caching. RhoSync also performs its push-based sync using the native smart phone push SDKs, which no other sync server does.

·       Liberal use of code generation
 Rhodes/RhoSync can write lot of code for you. For example, when you need a class to represent a table in your database, you don't have to write most of the methods. Rhodes even offers an application generator that creates an initial app based on the structure of your models or business objects in your app. It’s very similar to the scaffolding offered by most modern web frameworks with basic “list/create/read/update/delete objects” functionality. For each basic CRUD action, views in HTML are also offered. App developers spend most of their time just modifying views as they see it. No other framework provides an app generator, nor does any SDK. Rhodes looks at the table's definition and creates most of the class. You'll find that you're writing only a fraction of code compare to other frameworks.

·       Metadata
Every enterprise application that is used to run a company’s core business has a different schema for its business objects. For example, every application has varying and customized structure that changes with time. It is not possible to install the client application again and again for a small change. Metadata framework provides a way to handle the view from Rhosync server. It also provides validation and custom template.

·       Hosted Development and Build
Rhomobile also provides a hosted management and Build through Rhohub. We can deploy Rhosync app and build our Rhodes code for different phones with it. No other products in market offer such functionality or feature as of now.
PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to write native applications with web technologies and get access to Native Capabities of phone with ease. PhoneGap uses standards-based web technologies to bridge web applications and mobile devices.

Strengths :

  • Can use HTML5 and CSS3
  • Deploy your app to Multiple Platforms (Symbian and Bada is also supported)
  • Access Native Features
  • Use JavaScript to write your code
  • Licence under Apache Software Foundation
  • Very well documented
  • PhongGap APIs are more generic and can be used on different platforms such as iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, etc 
  • No MVC
  • No ORM

Appcelerator Titanium
Appcelerator Titanium is an open source mobile application development tool for iPhone and Android. We can also create Desktop application with titanium. It allows you to code apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Titanium primarily uses Javascript and JSON code to write your Native application. It supports Ruby, Python, and PHP scripts for broad developer coverage. If you are creating any social media mobile app then it is better option as Facebook, Yahoo etc API is available with titanium.
Documentation is available here:


  • Compiles to truly native application code, not HTML5
  • Very large library of APIs for all kinds of activities and data access
  • Uses Javascript/JSON for primary language
Titanium appears to be more feature rich than PhoneGap by bridging more mobile phone functions to javascript. 

  • Only support iphone and Android
  • No MVC and ORM
Rhodes and Phonegap does NOT compile your html, css or javascript code into "native bits". When the application runs, these resources use  UIWebView control and run there. From architectural standpoint, these the frameworks are very similar. 

Also i have presentation in RubyConfIndia 2012 about "Which Mobile platform should i choose?"