Telerik Launches Plug-in Marketplace for Hybrid Developers
Developer tools and solutions provider Telerik has launched a new plug-in marketplace for hybrid mobile developers called the Verified Plugins Marketplace. The company describes it as a curated list of Cordova/PhoneGap plug-ins that have been "thoroughly tested, documented and extended to empower cross-platform hybrid mobile developers."
"Critical to the success of any mobile development platform is the plug-in ecosystem," said Todd Anglin, executive vice president of the Telerik Cross-Platform Tools group. "Plug-ins, particularly for hybrid, allow developers to access native capabilities of the devices where their apps are running. For hybrid apps, we think one of the key weaknesses has been a wild west of plug-ins. No curation, no guaranteed quality -- which adds a lot of risk for hybrid developers. To solve that problem, we've created a plug-in marketplace."
Plug-ins are critical here, Anglin insisted, because of their ability to extend the functionality of mobile apps to native device functionality beyond what Cordova/PhoneGap supports. Custom Cordova plug-ins already support everything from push notifications and social sharing to Bluetooth functionality, he said.
A plug-ins marketplace provides a "definitive source of where to go for functional, verified, and documented plug-ins for hybrid development," Anglin said.
Anglin said Telerik expects the new marketplace to become "the iTunes of plug-ins." At launch, the marketplace included more than two dozen plug-ins for apps running on Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8. The current list of plug-ins includes, among others: the Amazon Web Services plug-in, which provides app access to some popular Amazon cloud services; the Couchbase Lite plug-in, which provides app access to a native NoSQL JSON database; the Leanplum plug-in, which provides app access to the Leanplum SDK; and the Toast plug-in, which supports native text popups on Android via the native Toast view, and on iOS and Window Phone 8 via a custom UI designed to mimic the Android implementation. There are also several Telerik plug-ins, such as the Native Page Transitions plug-in, which uses native hardware acceleration to animate transitions between views.
The plug-ins on the Verified Plugins Marketplace are available with no access fees.