This article originally appeared on TheServerSide.com: http://www.theserverside.com/opinion/A-cloud-service-to-build-mobile-apps.
I’m sure you’ve heard about platform-as-a-service (PaaS) or cloud-based services like Google Apps Engine, CloudBees, Heruko, Engine Yard, and Cloud Foundry. All are excellent platforms that ease the process of managing, maintaining, and administering the platform on which an application you develop runs. Most tend to be focused on the hosting and managing side of the finished application. But what about a cloud-based service that enables you to build an app, and specifically a mobile app? Well, such a service already exists. The cloud-based service is called Tiggr Mobile Apps Builder.
What is Tiggr?
Tiggr is a cloud-based mobile app builder. It enables you to build both mobile Web and native apps. To get a native app, Tiggr uses the PhoneGap library. The beauty in Tiggr Mobile Apps Builder is that there is nothing to download, nothing to install, and nothing to configure or set up. Creating a new mobile app in Tiggr takes relatively little time compared to traditional methods. Tiggr saves developers time when configuring projects with various libraries.
Building a Mobile UI with jQuery Mobile
Tiggr uses jQuery Mobile components – cross-platform and cross-device mobile components. As you can see from the screen shot, the mobile palette on the left holds all the components and you simply drag and drop them into the phone.
You can rearrange components or set properties. A powerful Grid component is available to simplify building apps with complex layouts. An app can have any number of screens, of course.
Adding HTML events and actions