20+ Mobile Apps Development Frameworks To Kick-Start Your Project

November 20, 2011 · 5 comments

by Dustin Betonio


20+ Mobile Apps Development Frameworks To Kick-Start Your Project

Frameworks and libraries help you, the web developer, focus on creating rather than figuring stuff out. Rather than reinventing the wheel, you can use a framework or library to delegate brunt, non-creative and repetitive work, freeing up your time and energy to create the actual mobile app,website or application.

These frameworks can help you create the right applications for example, whether we are talking about desktop applications or mobile apps. Web development is supposed to be fast and creative, and most of your time has to be taken by the actual creation and not the figuring out how to do low level technical stuff. In this article, I will feature new frameworks that will help you in order to develop desktop and mobile applications that if picked wisely may significantly speed up and make your development more effective.



1. 960 Grid on jQuery-Mobile

960 grid

jquery-mobile-960 is a port of 960 grid to jquery mobile. It merge the flexibility of 960.gs, and the ease of jquery mobile. It aims to bring more flexibility to jquery-mobile layout and thus make iteasier to use on tablets.

2. Amplify


Amplify is a set of components designed to solve common web application problems with a simplistic API. Amplify’s goal is to simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified API for various data sources. Amplify’s store component handles persistent client-side storage, using standards like localStorage and sessionStorage, but falling back on non-standard implementations for older browsers. Amplify’s request adds some additional features to jQuery’s ajax method while abstracting away the underlying data source.

3. DHTMLX Touch – HTML5 JavaScript Framework for Mobile


DHTMLX Touch is an HTML5-based JavaScript library for building mobile web applications. It’s not just a set of UI widgets, but a complete framework that allows you to create eye-catching, cross-platform web applications for mobile and touch-screen devices.

The framework is compatible with the major web browsers for mobile platforms. Applications built with DHTMLX Touch will run smoothly on iPad, iPhone, Android-based smartphones, and other popular devices.

4. DHTMLX Touch Visual Designer

DHTMLX touch virtual designer

an easy and intuitive way to build web interfaces for your mobile apps. All you have to do is drag-and-drop the needed components into the Visual Designer and then set up their properties.

5. iX Framework

IX framework

iX Framework is a javascript GUI / Javascript Widget consist of comprehensive components, such as : Grid, Chart, Tree, Window, Panel, Field, Validation, Combo and more.iX Framework is a comprehensive, powerful and affordable professional web framework that remove the boundary between web and desktop application.

6. Behat


Behat is a BDD framework for PHP which has been inspired by Ruby’s Cucumber project.
Unlike any other php testing framework that tests applications inside out. Behat is testing applications outside in. It means, that Behat works only with your application’s input/output.

7. MobDis


It enables users to create rich media mobile web apps and advertisements without needing to code.

8. Wijmo


Wijmo, a mixture of JavaScript, CSS3, SVG, and HTML5, is a complete kit of over 30 UI Widgets. It is an extension to jQuery UI with every widget built to its standards and framework. Each widget is ThemeRoller-ready.

9. Flurid


Flurid is a fluid width grid system optimized for flexibility (fluidity) and is the only fluid grid systems to work in Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 (and 5, with the exception of the push/pull classes) without hiding pixels in margins.
It comes with a companion jQuery plugin to help make developing with the framework easier. Along with some additional features like equal height columns, the jQuery plugin can also automatically append alternating “odd” and “even” classes to rows and columns and apply the “last” class where needed to fix things for Internet Explorer 7 and below without the need to include these things directly in the HTML.

10. The-M-Project

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write cross platform mobile apps.

11. Treesaver.js


Treesaver is a JavaScript framework for creating magazine-style layouts that dynamically adapt to a wide variety of browsers and devices. With this framework designers use standards-compliant HTML and CSS for both content and design with no JavaScript programming is required.

12. Gury


Gury is a JavaScript library designed to help in the creation of HTML5 and Canvas applications. You can create a canvas tag, resize and style it, add renderable objects, animate those objects, and place it anywhere on the page in a single chained expression.

13. MooModel

For infinity

MooModel is a javascript framework built on top of mootools, to simplify the use of objects and classes in javascript. It comes with an elegant syntax and built in support for object oriented features. Additionally it provides observable attributes, ActiveModel like validations and a REST persistence adapter.

MooModel makes use of the powerful object oriented features provided by mootools. With the latest introduction of server side mootools, it is possible to use same javascript on your browser and server. The current version of MooModel (0.0.1) is not CommonJS compliant and does not support server side mootools either. However, I am working to release a server edition soon. Follow this article to know more about using mootools as server side javascript.

14. jFormer


jFormer is a form framework written on top of jQuery that allows you to quickly generate beautiful, standards compliant forms. Leveraging the latest techniques in web design, jFormer helps you create web forms that:

  • Validate client-side
  • Validate server-side
  • Process without changing pages (using AJAX)

15. Not Just A Grid

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Not Just a Grid is a flexible and modular CSS framework that is designed to assist in the rapid prototyping and development of websites. It has been designed for the future with larger screen sizes and the use of CSS3 for progressive enhancement and richer user experiences.
Not Just a Grid includes separate stylesheets covering multi-column layouts, typography, forms, tables and user experience enhancement.

16. Galleria


Galleria is a JavaScript image gallery framework built on top of the jQuery library. The aim is to simplify the process of creating professional image galleries for the web and mobile devices.

17. Zepto.js (beta) – Minimalist JavaScript Framework for Mobile

Zepto Js

Zepto.js is a minimalist JavaScript framework for mobile WebKit browsers, with a jQuery-compatible chaining syntax. It will handle the most basic drudge and repetitive work so you can focus on getting the real stuff done.

18. Mobl


Mobl is an open-source HTML5-based language designed to speed up your building of mobile web applications. It has fantastic (Eclipse) IDE support (such as as-you-type error reporting, code completion and reference resolving) and has a rapid save and test cycle – No more lengthy compilations, the mobl IDE compiles your modules whenever you save, ready to be tested in the mobile browser.

19. LimeJS – Game Framework

Lime Js

LimeJS is a game framework that combines lots of different HTML5 technologies and allows you to build games for mobile and touch-screen devices, but can also be used within modern browsers as applications.

20. PUF: PHP Utility Framework


PUF is a PHP utility framework (that’s what PUF stands for). It’s a comprehensive collection of useful and popular PHP utility functions created to save time for developers that regularly use those functions when building web applications.

21. Initializr


Initializr, based on the HTML5 Boilerplate template, is an HTML5 templates generator that helps you get started with your HTML5 project. It does that by generating a clean customizable template with just what your project needs.

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Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Attrecto.com September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

http://www.instappbuilder.com is also a good framework for creating Android and iOS apps. WP7 and Windows 8 builds are also coming soon


NexuStudio.Net October 31, 2011 at 11:31 am

IMHO, you should also mention one of the most accomplished framework:
senchaTouch (http://sencha.com)


Pepe October 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Just another one:


Web Technology News April 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Don’t forget the HTML5 Boilerplate at html5boilerplate.com


Leonor Suyma April 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

wow! thanks for this..very useful for people on the go like me


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