DrupalGap is an amazing tool for creating multi-platform mobile applications. It allows the developers to present the content on the web with versatile capacities. DrupalGap is a connection between mobile applications and the Drupal based websites. It is an open source application development kit that is used to build mobile apps and web apps for Drupal websites. It is created by Tyler Frankenstein with the first release in the year 2012.
There are basically three types of apps:
Native apps are created to target a specific mobile. The internal features of the mobile devices can be integrated in native apps. These apps are available for download on Apple app store and Android Play Store (Google). Native apps deliver great performance to the users.
Mobile web apps are the apps that can be accessed on any mobile devices with internet connection. There are a number of apps nowadays and any app can be downloaded from the internet easily. Cross platform compatibility is there in mobile web apps.
Hybrid apps include the features of both the native and the mobile web apps.
If a mobile application needs to be created using Drupal, then the best choice from the above apps is the native apps. Some of the advantages are:
DrupalGap has three parts:
Drupal Module is responsible for all the reliable communication between a mobile app and a website.
DrupalGap module is responsible for the deployment of View Datasource modules and services that are required for an easy communication using JSON.
The service module provides URLs that can be used by mobile applications of Drupal websites. DrupalGap uses the service module and also manage the user authentication with Drupal.
The ViewDataSource of Drupal is used to retrieve the JSON results from various views on the Drupal website. The View DataSource can be added to any view of a Drupal website.
Mobile Application Development Kit is used to build custom mobile application that can run on any platform.
The web application development kit is used to create amazing web applications.
There are basically two tools that are used by Drupal to create amazing apps.
JQueryMobile is used to build the web interface or the user interface. It allows a proper interaction between the user and the mobile application.
JQueryMobile is an HTML-based user interface system that allows the developers to create responsive websites. These mobile applications developed using JQueryMobile can be used on any type of platform. This is one of the great advantages of JQueryMobile.
PhoneGap is a free, open-source framework that allows the developers to create standard mobile applications using various web APIs. APIs are different for different platforms.
PhoneGap is required for compilation of the App before installing it on iOS and Android mobile phones.
PhoneGap can also be extended with native plug-ins and this allows the developers to add extra functionality to the mobile applications.
Now, the development kit has been installed, the next step is to add a custom page using DrupalGap. The above mentioned steps are quite easy to do and this makes your mobile application ready for execution.
Push notification is a great contribution of the DrupalGap. Initially, it was a very simple and straightforward idea.
Android push notifications can be set up using the Google Cloud Messaging. After setting up the Google Cloud Messaging, the developer can go to the Drupal website in order to install the push notifications and DrupalGap mobile application plugins.
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The mobile applications created using DrupalGap are compatible with the following platforms.
It utilizes Drupal concepts like menus, blocks, pages, themes, regions for the content and user interface. The Drupal techniques like themes, modules, hooks, templates are used for customization of the Drupal websites.
DrupalGap is a powerful platform for mobile applications as it is the best low cost solution to content management. Mobile application development with DrupalGap will refine more in the coming years as more mobile operating systems come in the mobile OS market. At IndianAppDevelopers company we have brilliant Native and Cross Platform mobile application development teams; you can always feel free to contact us today to know more about DrupalGap app development.
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