The workshop, led by Perry Govier and Gerred Dillon, brought participants up to speed on how to use Ionic to build mobile apps on any platform. Govier and Dillon talked about how to build an Ionic app from scratch, various UI elements within Ionic, testing within the platform and how to set-up an environment within Ionic. There was also a good amount of discussion on how well Ionic and Angular.js work together.
“If you’re an Angular developer, you can basically write a cross-platform app [with Ionic],” says Hack Reactor grad Aaron Ward, who attended the workshop.
Even for those without an Angular background, Ionic reduces barriers for Software Engineers to start building mobile apps.
The workshop also covered ngCordova, a set of Angluar extensions that allow access to a phone’s hardware (such as the camera).
More than the framework’s functionality and ease of use, Johnson was impressed with the Ionic team’s drive to be at the center of mobile development going forward:
“The team is very passionate and very driven to have this technology be the go-to cross-platform mobile web framework to produce software.”