Cordova - Overview
The official documentation gives us the definition of the Cordova −
Let us now understand the features of Cordova in brief.
Command Line Interface (Cordova CLI)
This tool can be used for starting projects, building processes for different platforms, installing plugins and lot of other useful things that make the development process easier. You will learn how to use the Command Line Interface in the subsequent chapters.
Cordova Core Components
Cordova offers a set of core components that every mobile application needs. These components will be used for creating base of the app so we can spend more time to implement our own logic.
Cordova is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. Apache and the Apache feather logos are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation.
We will now discuss the advantages of Cordova.
Cordova offers one platform for building hybrid mobile apps so we can develop one app that will be used on different mobile platforms – IOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon-fireos, blackberry, Firefox OS, Ubuntu and tizien.
It is faster to develop hybrid app then native app so Cordova can save on the development time.
There are many community add-ons that can be used with Cordova, these have several libraries and frameworks, which are optimized for working with it.
Following are the limitations of Cordova.
Hybrid apps are slower than native ones so it is not optimal to use Cordova for large apps that require lots of data and functionality.
Cross browser compatibility can create lots of issues. Most of the time we are building apps for different platforms so the testing and optimizing can be time consuming since we need to cover large number of devices and operating systems.
Some plugins have compatibility issues with different devices and platforms. There are also some native APIs that are not yet supported by Cordova.