For the last decade, web application development has been changing at a rapid pace. The web has become far more globalised and open with the advent of mobile technology allowing for browsing on the go. 

This means that alongside new opportunities comes new tools to try and capitalize on such opportunity. So, with that in mind, what are some of the top tools that people are using at the moment to engage with sound and effective web application development in 2017?

What tools should ambitious, budding developers look to start learning?

  • PhoneGap. A rather interesting tool to start with, PhoneGap is essential for quality development in 2017 for many reasons. A full FOSS environment, this allows easy development for all typical platforms on the mobile market, and makes the most of standard web development languages. Those who are familiar with Java and/or HTML should have no problems in getting to grips with PhoneGap. It’s also got the Adobe Air add-on that makes it even better to use, ensuring you can maximize its features for things like location usage, camera management and accelerometers. 
  • MoSync. The rather interesting MoSync has become a big player on the market for various reasons, not least because it’s one of the best SDKs for mobile development. It’s built around languages such as PHP, Ruby, Python and Javascript in the long-term, at the moment is works around languages such as C/C++. A great option for those looking to do some creative development for all major mobile operating systems. 

 

  • Appcelerator. The rather aptly named Appcelerator is a premium tool for those who are looking to help program new applications in HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby and/or Python in equal measure. A fine choice for all manner of reasons, it has shot to the top of the applications development industry thanks to the fact it powers over 1000 new applications every single month. With 300 APIs to work from and all manner of analytics and metrics, it’s great for planning, creation and optimization of any mobile web development need. 

 

  • RhoMobile. Rho is one of the most popular projects of its kind at the moment, giving you access to a Ruby-built open-source frame to build around. This allows for the development of high-end native applications, ensuring that you can match up with the operating system that you feel your market is going to be most suitable to. It’s made for building a large volume of mobile-based apps today, and has become one of the most popular tools for doing so.

While the process of development can feel increasingly challenging, tools such as the above help to strip back some of the uncertainty and confusion that reigns supreme over the whole industry. If you are interested in learning more about mobile development, or development in general, then you would do well to invest in any of the above tools.

For what looks to be the near to medium-term future, these tools are going to play a critical role in app development overall, starting today.