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Bridging the Gap: Investigating Device-Feature Exposure in Cross-Platform Development

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Title:Bridging the Gap: Investigating Device-Feature Exposure in Cross-Platform Development
Authors:Biørn-Hansen, Andreas
Ghinea, Gheorghita
Keywords:Software Development for Mobile Devices, Wearables, and the Internet-of-Things
cross-plaform development, hybrid apps, interpreted apps, cordova, ionic framework, react native
Date Issued:03 Jan 2018
Abstract:By traversing academia and developer communities, two predominant approaches to cross-platform mobile development have been identified, specifically Hybrid and Interpreted. Previous research has established the use and integration of platform- and device-specific features to be core requirements for cross-platform frameworks. In this study we assess and discuss how the Hybrid and Interpreted approaches facilitate the use of native device features from within a JavaScript context, and how custom communication bridges are both developed and integrated. Our research motivation lies in data from an industry survey, stating that developers perceive device communication as a real pain-point. While both approaches exist to ease development of mobile apps, they are fundamentally different at a technical level. The article takes a technical approach, drawing evaluations and discussions from two app implementations. Our findings indicate that implementation and development of communication bridges are non-complex tasks, and that execution-time performance varies greatly.
Pages/Duration:8 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/50605
ISBN:978-0-9981331-1-9
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2018.716
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Software Development for Mobile Devices, Wearables, and the Internet-of-Things


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