Cross-platform application development for desktop, mobile and embedded with modern web technology

The field of web technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Unlike Qt, which offers a complete, prepackaged solution, there is a multitude of tools and libraries which need to be combined into a functional stack. This article presents a stack proven in cross-platform projects and our experience gathered with it.

Introduction

Modern web technology provides a powerful foundation for cross-platform application development. By using responsive design techniques a browser based application can already cover desktop and mobile platforms. Using the right set of tools, such an application can be developed further into a real mobile app and/or an embedded touch interface.

The building blocks of a modern “cross-platform web application” are the web runtime environment, the single-page application and the back-end system. Let’s have a look at the definition of these three terms and their relation to each other.

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