Noteworthy Guidelines to Create a Mobile HTML5 App via App Framework

Today, the mobile app development is not that daunting task as it seems to be. There is a plethora of proficient frameworks and development tools available that facilitate efficient app development. Among numerous frameworks, the App Framework is the much sought after choice for developers. It offers a convenient way to create a desired feature-rich application with a blazingly high speed.


App Framework: A Foreword

The App Framework is a jQuery that facilitates HTML5 mobile app development. However, it is considered as more efficient than jQuery Mobile, since it possesses powerful elements. These elements are

  • a library of GUI (graphical user interface)
  • a library for event management and queries
  • a plugin to support the WebKit library

It supports all the popular mobile platforms including Android, iOS, etc., and augments augments the robust interface development. This powerful framework is extremely lightweight and needs only 3 KB of memory.

Let’s dive into the process of mobile app development while using the App Framework.

1. How to develop a page

  • Firstly, you will need to create a new page and save it as index.html in the root location on your server.
  • Copy and paste the below mentioned chunk of code in the “index.html” page.

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This code includes all the requisite script that forms the base for the app development. Here, instead of creating multiple divs only one div is created.

  • Now since, the RSS will possess an input featuring an RSS link (with RSS title list in the RSS flow). Make sure that you are developing the RSS on the main page itself. It also includes the div “content” inside the earlier created div “afui”

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  • For generating a label, you will need a submit button and an input element; so that users can easily enter the a desired URL and submit the details. To create a group of input fields in certain logical categories, the “fieldset” HTML5 tag will be used. By using the below mentioned piece of code, label can be generated efficiently. Here, the classes that are available in the “afui” div are included.

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  • The list form offers an ideal way to represent the result of the RSS feed. It can showcase a list of various titles in a clutter-free fashion. For this, another “fieldset” will be needed.

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2. How to create a Menu

The App Framework facilitates menu creation in two ways, either a menu on the left side or at the bottom of an app. However, this menu can be easily retracted via a Smartphone.

Let’s have a glimpse into the steps required to create a menu on the left side of an app.

  • Create another page in your application and with a “panel” class, generate a second div.

  • After doing so, use the nav tag external to the content. Here, actually the “afui” div has already created the menu, the used “title” class will allow you to define a particular section.

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3. How to create Ajax Requests

This process is very much similar to creation of Ajax in jQuery. Here since, there are certain browsers restriction over the cross-domain functionalities, it doesn’t support the development of Ajax requests exhibiting the cross-domain capabilities.

In order to fetch an RSS feed from a URL, generate an appropriate request over a server while implementing your proxy. With the below mentioned piece of code, the exact URL of the request is displayed by the proxy where an intermediate request has been generated. Finally, the proxy will create the request and the result will be forwarded.

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How to tweak the DOM dynamically

To generate a DOM (document object model), the App Framework facilitates a parseXML() function. This method is perfect to efficiently work with a collection of xml data.

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Wrapping Up:

Since, the App Framework is basically developed from jQuery only, they both exhibits several similar features. However, the featured rich libraries and remarkable performance makes the App Framework a great HTML5 frameworks that helps develop incredible mobile applications. It is simple to implement and delivers the result at a great speed. If your mobile app development project possesses a time constraint, this light framework is a viable choice.

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