Thursday, 16 July 2015

What Intel XDK IDE brings to Mobile Development

Mobile app development and Intel? Well, we know Intel isn’t really synonymous with mobile app development and is more in the processor and chip design realm. Also Intel’s forays in this space (mobile) have not been very successful as you can see from the reception that the Intel Atom chip has got. But of course, Intel is Intel and they’re not going to go back.

So, they’ve come back to mobile development with something seemingly new up their sleeve again. Yes, we’re talking about the Intel XDK IDE. Developers today need a development environment that allows them to work with multiple technologies and devices. XDK IDENTITY gives you precisely that. It lets you write applications using HTML5, Javascript and CSS 3 and test them against multiple devices. But go a little deeper and there is more to it than merely this.

No Native apps

Intel XDK IDENTITY will not allow you to create native apps. When you build a native app, you build it so that it will have access to more APIs than that are available when you use just HTML5 and Javascript. But that’s just a small bargain for the rest you get.

The advantage with XDK is that you get to develop the app with technologies that you are familiar with, and you can then deploy them in multiple platforms.

The XDK Editor

This is the most important part of any tool where you write the bulk of your code that forms the design of your application. The best part is that the Intel XDK delivers here. With solid syntax highlighting, easy usability, reducing the amount of text, it has got all that a code could possibly ask for. XDK’s code completion stands at par with any commercial editor that you can find.

The only grudge that the coder could have here is that it doesn't come with the ability to install plugins. Poor that.


With XDK, you can also define the positioning of the device, for when you wish to test out code which makes use of the devices accelerometer, as well as changing the screen orientation of the device itself. This is handy for testing your code across multiple devices without having to spend thousands of pounds. Cool!

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