To overcome this situation some developers got together to make prototyping of mobile apps an easier task. They came out with a frame work called Ratchet. Till version 1.0.2 Ratchet only supported iOS apps, but now with Ratchet 2.0 the support has been extended to Android apps too. The themes that you get with Ratchet 2.0 help you in designing prototype for a particular platform which can easily be switched to other.
You might be wondering that when frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation are already present in the market, why we need Ratchet for creating mobile apps. What new does it bring?
Comparison between Ratchet and Other Frontend Frameworks
- Ratchet even extends support for creating “Title Bars” similar to native mobile apps. These “Title Bars” have behavior similar to that of native platform title bar.
- Most frontend frameworks don’t boost of themes that inherit the behavior of iOS and Android apps. But, Ratchets consists of a gamut of such themes.
- While using Ratchet you get a special set of icons for iOS and Android devices that aid developers in creating better mobile prototype. However, you won’t find such icons in other frontend frameworks and will have to include these explicitly.
- Ratchet mainly assists in creating prototype for mobile apps. Such prototypes bear similarity with the native mobile apps and aren’t suitable for desktop screens. Whereas, frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation aid in developing web apps that are responsive and dynamically rearrange the layout in compliance with screen size of the device.
- Ratchet supports “push.js” to make the app a “Single page Application” and the pages get loaded with the help of AJAX via “push.js”. You won’t get this feature in Bootstrap or Foundation.
- Lastly, the prototypes designed using Ratchet are lighter than web apps designed using responsive technology. Henceforth, making the pages load much faster on mobile devices.
At The End
Ratchet is an interesting frontend framework to prototype mobile app using web technologies. You even get some really cool components that are prebuilt and fasten the prototyping process. Developing these useful components will take up lot of time, if being built from scratch.
It’s just the beginning and Ratchet has a long way to go, but I feel it will end up being a really popular frontend framework.