FOSSMeet 2017

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azharullah shariff


Cross-platform app development with Ionic framework

Submitted Jan 12, 2017

Ionic is a complete open-source SDK that helps you build native-feeling mobile apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Ionic is focused mainly on the look and feel, and UI interaction of your app. Built on top of AngularJS and Apache Cordova, Ionic provides tools and services for developing hybrid mobile apps. Apps can be built with these web technologies and then distributed through native app stores to be installed on devices by leveraging Cordova.

Ionic apps work on devices running iOS 8+, Android 4.4+, Windows 10 and Blackberry 10. Ionic is a great solution for creating both mobile web apps and native apps as the apps are built in very clean and modular way, so it’s very maintainable and easy to update. It also has one the best developers community with around 5 million developers and 100 meetup groups in 200 countries with more than 3.1 million apps already developed.

This talk/workshop intends to give the audience an introduction to hybrid mobile app development and it’s advantages. They would hopefully be able to get hold of the working of the framework and deploy a simple ionic app by the end of the workshop.


The talk would begin with briefing of hybrid mobile apps and their working. It would then be followed by a quick run through the basics of AngularJS required for Ionic. Then we would jump into building a minimal ionic app and deploying it to an android device.
Here is a brief outline of the workshop:

  1. Native vs Hybrid mobile app development
  2. What Ionic is and how it works
  3. Why Ionic over other hybrid app development frameworks
  4. A quick run through Angular JS
  5. Developing a sample Ionic app and testing it on an Android device


A laptop with the ‘Java JDK’ and ‘Android SDK’ installed (for the android device deployment) is recommended, though not required as we would be still able to test the app in our browser.
The participants are expected to know the basics of HTML and Javascript.

Speaker bio

I’m Md. Azharullah Shariff, a final year undergrad at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut. I’m a developer by passion and have a significant experience developing and deploying websites, working with full-stack technologies and frameworks. I’m a Linux enthusiast and a part of the team that handles the servers of Computer Science department at NIT Calicut.



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