Cross-platform applications development is defined as the creation of applications (apps) that tend to be compatible with several operating systems and support a myriad of technical features. The underlying principle of cross-platform application development is “write once, run everywhere”. This is implemented by writing the code for an application with some codebase and technology. This code should make the application to be distributed across multiple different platforms, devices, and operating systems. For instance, a cross-platform application might run on the x86 architecture of Linux OS, on the x86 architecture of Windows OS, as well as on Mac OS X based on the x86 architecture of Apple Macintosh Systems. The cross-platform applications are capable of running on all the existing platforms or at least more than two platforms.

However, the recent demand for cross-platform applications to run across multiple devices seamlessly has created quite an upheaval among the business owners. They are under the pressurizing influence of other competitive businesses to create user-friendly applications that run on any device and operating system. The biggest challenge of cross-platform applications development is the hardware capabilities of different devices and the software stack architecture of the entire system

Approaches to Cross-Platform Applications Development

Even after the current level of competition, the web-based organizations & app developers are evolving in the field of developing applications for different platforms. Due to technical advancements, it has become easier for the programmers to create cross-platform apps. The recent strategies to cross-platform application development are:

Hybrid Mobile Application Development

In this approach, the app developers write down the fundamental of any application like the JavaScript or HTML5 mobile app. Then, they ensure the placement of a native device covering the given code.

 

RMAD (Rapid Mobile App Development)

Here, the programmers make use of programming technique & tools that tend to be code-free. RMAD offers the users the capability to develop and manage the internal apps quickly and efficiently. These internal apps could be used for addressing business-specific problems.

Windows Universal Apps

In this approach, the app developers make use of one codebase to be run on all the Windows devices. They enable the same application to run on the Windows PC, smartphones, tablets, smart wearables, or even Xbox.