following is a short interview with Succinctly
author Ed Freitas, whose new book, Ionic
Succinctly, was published on Monday, April 23. You can download the book on
the Syncfusion website.
What should people know about the subject of your
book? Why is it important?
The landscape of
mobile app development frameworks is fragmented. On one side, some platforms
attract developers because of their native performance gains, while on the
other side, the HTML-based frameworks have always made developers think twice
about even choosing them.
cross-platform frameworks, Ionic has been consistently gaining popularity and
the framework has become the de facto standard in hybrid app development.
Following are some convincing features for why people should be interested in
this framework, and thus my book:
Cross-platform—The Ionic framework lets you use the exact
same code base for all supported mobile platforms, eventually saving you a ton
of development and maintenance time and giving you cost benefits.
Free of cost—Ionic is open source and available under
MIT license, which grants permission, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
copy of the software, to deal in the software without restriction. In simpler
words, you can use Ionic commercially without paying a cent.
Strong ecosystem—Ionic doesn’t come with one compressed file
of the framework and make you do the heavy lifting of creating builds, setting
up environments, and doing packaging by installing tons of other libraries and
Based on Apache Cordova—Apache Cordova is an open-sourced app
packaging framework being used by many other frameworks, and Ionic therefore
has become one of the standards in hybrid app development. Ionic allows
developers around the world are working on web apps using the same technology
Supports Angular 2+ and Typescript
Strong community support
When did you first become interested in Ionic?
Approximately a year ago. I was looking for a way to write hybrid apps
without using different frameworks for each device platform. I explored various
options and Ionic was the one that caught my eye. It was instant love!
By writing this e-book, did you learn anything
Yes, very much. The whole writing experience was a continuous and fun
learning challenge! It was interesting to learn the front-end markup as
well as the code-behind using Angular and Typescript. The other great thing
about Ionic is that it enforces certain good development practices that allow
you to organize your code in a way that makes it easy to make changes much
How will Ionic change over the next few years?
It's just exponentially exploding in terms of improvements by the day,
with new side projects and frameworks that complement Ionic development, most
recently Stencil and Capacitor, also
from the makers of the Ionic framework.
Do you see Ionic as part of a larger trend in
It is indeed part of a much larger trend. Ionic was probably the first
serious player in hybrid application development along with React Native. However,
there are now various other alternatives in the market, such as NativeScript, Monaca, Framework7, and
others. The future of this space looks super exciting!
What other books or resources on this topic do
There are a lot of nice books out there that broaden this topic,
however, I recommend Mobile App Development with Ionic 2: Cross‑Platform
Apps with Ionic, Angular 2, and Cordova by Chris Griffith, published by