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IBM Worklight and Phonegap Comparison

Many customers ask us: “What is the difference between IBM Worklight and PhoneGap?” Well, here it is:

  • However, you should understand that IBM Worklight and PhoneGap aren’t so easily compared because they are not the same thing.
  • IBM Worklight is a Mobile Application Platform while PhoneGap is more of a JavaScript bridge library to use within your current IDE. There is a rather large gap in the between the two from a usage standpoint
  • Although this article compares PhoneGap and IBM Worklight, it is meant to show that they are not competitive products.
  • IBM Worklight leverages PhoneGap and adds to its capabilities as a deeper mobile solution.
  • IBM Worklight actually comes packaged with PhoneGap. Worklight extends its reach as a full Mobile Application Platform as opposed to just being a script library or mobile app packaging client.

We’ve broken down some of the features into 4 areas in the Mobile App Life Cycle: Design, Build, Deploy & Manage. You can also DOWNLOAD a PDF copy of this comparison..


FEATURES PhoneGap Library* PhoneGap Build IBM Worklight
DESIGN
HTML5, CSS3, JS SUPPORT
3RD PARTY EXTENSIBLE
BUILD WITHOUT NATIVE SDK
ACCESS NATIVE DATAVIEW AND SENSORS
DEVELOPEMENT IDE/PLATFORM
ACCESS NATIVE COMMON CONTROLS TABBAR, OPTIONS MENU, AND MORE
WYSIWYG
BUILD
CROSS-PLATFORM SUPPORT
WEB APPS
HYBRID APPS
NATIVE APPS
DESKTOP APPS
INTEGRATED SHELL CODING
DEPLOY
AUTHENTICATION FRAMEWORK
APPLICATION SERVER
MOBILE BROWSER SIMULATOR
INTEGRATED BACKEND CONNECTION
RUNTIME SKINNING
ENCRYPTED OFFLINE STORAGE
JSONSTORE
MANAGE
UNIFIED PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
SMS DELIVERY
FORCE UPDATE/DISABLE APPLICATION
DIRECT UPDATE
VERSION MANAGEMENT
BI REPORTS INTEGRATION

*PhoneGap as a library resource must be used with an existing environment so there are many things it cannot “do” by itself.

You can also DOWNLOAD a PDF copy of our OpenLogix IBM Worklight & PhoneGap Comparison.

For more information visit our IBM Worklight page.

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