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Calatrava for Hybrid mobile development

Mobile application development is in a crucial phase right now. With new models getting released almost every week, developing a mobile application that works with all these models is becoming a nightmare.

The problem with building native mobile applications seems to be duplication of code and effort and maintainence.
PhoneGap provides a facility to create a native app using HTML 5 that can be deployed in a variety of mobile operating systems. The main problem seems to be the richness of the UI that takes a beating. How can you create a mobile application that is rich and also doesn’t pave way for maintaining different codebases?

Last week, we got introduced to a couple of mobile frameworks one of which seems to be really interesting. Calatrava, a ThoughtWorks supported initiative.

Calatrava talks about developing mobile applications using the native API for the UI, but maintaining the core logic in JavaScript or CoffeeScript. A diagrammatic description of Calatrava from their site, is shown below.

Still at its infancy, it looks promising. You can read more about Calatrava from

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