Poll: What's the best route to writing mobile apps?

Do you think native code, a cross-platform runtime environment, a thin native shell over Web services, or mobile Web services is the best approach to writing mobile applications?

A number of times in the last several months people have asked me if they should write a mobile app in native code or with a Web application. I've advised people to hedge their bets by making a mobile Web application; but, if they absolutely need a presence in an app store, I recommend using either a cross-platform development tool or the native UI purely as a shell to access a Web service.

The truth is the mobile market is shifting so quickly, and native development is so different from platform-to-platform (not to mention expensive), writing native applications can easily become a money pit as you try to cover enough platforms to really get market share. But I also know many strong proponents of native applications too. What do you think is the best approach?


About Justin James

Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.

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