Two-in-one! Trigger.io and Crashlytics were the two topics receiving all the attention at the Omaha Mobile Meet-up hosted at CRi on August 6, 2014. Alex Reed of Aviture spoke to the pros and cons of the Trigger.io framework while David McRae of BuilderTREND wrapped up the event by speaking about the features of Crashlytics.
Reed began by defining Trigger.io, a development framework that enables the creation of native applications for multiple platforms from a single HTML5 code base.
“Trigger.io is for building apps for iOS, Android and Windows without knowing native implementations,” said Reed.
It is a framework for developers who are familiar with web stacks and for those who do not want to maintain two code bases.
“It’s also for any developer who is simply curious,” he said.
However, with the variety of frameworks available, why would anyone consider Trigger.io? Reed explained that there is one code base which makes it easy for developers to quickly develop for multiple mobile devices. It also offers a cloud based build service, a remote debugger and push updates to applications. Additionally, it allows native modules and access to features such as the camera and SMS.
One negative aspect that stuck out to Reed was the cost.
“The free trial is only two weeks and after it becomes really expensive,” he said as he described how for him personally it would take longer than two weeks to create a really great application outside of his full-time job.
Transitioning the topic to Crashlytics at the Omaha Mobile Meet-up, David McRae describes how it is known for its crash reporting software.
“We started using Crashlytics about four months ago,” McRae said.
It runs in an application and allows you to gather more information about a crash when it happens. Crashlytics also provides a list of each process that was running at the time of the crash to provide more detail.
Beta and Answers were recently released from Crashlytics as well. Beta is a way to distribute an application for beta and Answers is an analytic framework.
“If you don’t have this tool, you should,” McRae said.