Develop cross-platform apps or take a native approach? The debate has rumbled on for years and continues to plague developers in all corners of the application world. The benefits of each approach are well documented: focusing on a single platform arguably gives you more power and performance, whereas a multi-platform strategy helps you to reach more of the potential market for your product. Conversely, a native approach restricts your market and going cross-platform can lead to bloated code, performance issues and debugging difficulties.
Fortunately, there is a collection of tools that can help you to build apps for multiple platforms without sacrificing native performance or requiring time-intensive porting: Intel INDE.
INDE, or the Integrated Native Development Environment to give it its full name, allows you to use your preferred IDE to create C++ or Java apps for Windows, OS X and Android. It comes with a range of tools, libraries and compilers as well as analysis and debug options. There is also comprehensive support, a quick start guide and code samples available for download should you need them.
Not only is it now possible to create cross-platform applications with native performance, Intel INDE Professional version is also currently free to download from the Intel Developer Zone website. If you want to see it in action before downloading it, you can check out a video walkthrough here.
• This blog post is written by Softtalkblog, and is sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone, which helps you to develop, market and sell software and apps for prominent platforms and emerging technologies powered by Intel Architecture.