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Published : Mar 29, 2022
Mar 2022
Assess ? Worth exploring with the goal of understanding how it will affect your enterprise.

We've been debating the merits of cross-platform mobile development tools for nearly as long as we've been publishing the Technology Radar. We first noted a new generation of tools in 2011 when blipping about cross-mobile platforms. Although we were skeptical of them at first, these tools have been perfected and widely adopted over the years. And nobody can debate the enduring popularity and usefulness of React Native. Capacitor is the latest generation of a line of tools starting with PhoneGap, then renamed to Apache Cordova. Capacitor is a complete rewrite from Ionic that embraces the progressive web app style for stand-alone applications. So far, our developers like that they can address web, iOS and Android applications with a single code base and that they can manage the native platforms separately with access to the native APIs when necessary. Capacitor offers an alternative to React Native, which has many years of cross-platform experience behind it.

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