Native apps with HTML5?

Native apps with HTML5?

Summary: A colleague flagged up Trigger as an interesting development platform for creating native Android and iOS apps with HTML5, as you can apparently access real native User Interface components, rather than “faking” them with disguised web components. The Trigger websiteWell worth a play, I thought, and also of interest is their pricing structure.

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A colleague flagged up Trigger as an interesting development platform for creating native Android and iOS apps with HTML5, as you can apparently access real native User Interface components, rather than “faking” them with disguised web components.

Trigger.io - mobile engine for web devs
The Trigger website

Well worth a play, I thought, and also of interest is their pricing structure. It’s a similarish model to Heroku, where it’s free to create a basic application, and then when you need more resources, you add them and pay for them. But the resources in question for the professional plans are phone support, training and plugins.

I wish that Acquia, the Drupal CMS service providers, offered a similar free starter pack. But instead, their pricing starts at $165 a month, which I don’t think will entice new developers onto the platform.

Postscript: after signing up for Trigger, I received a personalised email from a co-founder. Nice touch. I replied to it, and then he replied, welcoming me on board. Even nicer touch :)

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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  • Acquia plans to release a free developer tier for Acquiia Cloud this summer. We've heard the requests. We already offer a free tier on our SaaS offering Drupal Gardens, which will have a major update later this year as well. The Acquia Dev Desktop is a free download to develop Drupal apps on a local Wndows, Mac or Linux machine.

    We would love to hear more about new things we should develop.

    Tom Erickson
    CEO, Acquia
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  • @Tom Erickson > Acquia plans to release a free developer tier for Acquiia Cloud this summer.

    That's brilliant news, it will make it so much easier to recommend Drupal to someone. Good work!
    Jake Rayson