Fuse for App Development vs Other Platform

Fuse is a cross-platform focusing on User Experience Markup and JavaScript. Similarly, with React Native, Native Script, allowing developers and designers collaborate together. Fuse uses UX Markup, XML based language building blocks uses for UI. However, fuses do not use a browser base platform like Cordova, or Capacitor, even though uses a JavaScript base code. Fuse provides a collection of polyfills which can you perform an AJAX requests or setting an interval for executing a code, and limited to the JavaScript code.

Fuse Upside

Cross-Platform – You can build an app both Android and iOS devices.

  • Native Performance – UXM is compiled to native code, that is why the performance is similarly comparable to a native. However, the difference between other platform is the animations, fuse uses OpenGL-Accelerated that is why mote smooth on user experience.
  • Declarative Code –  Effects, animations and transitions are declared via UX Markup, scripts focus on JavaScript that request to the API’s.
  • Developer & Designer Friendly – Fuse uses JavaScript for processing task and an XM Markup for UX. The UX are use for making UI in ease, which makes it easy to a designer.
  • Excellent Documentation – API’s are well documented, Fuse has also a collection of examples and showcases.
  • Extendable – Fuse use  a language named UNO to extend native functionality, it means that you can implement a custom functionality if want to work with native features that does not exposed via JavaScript API’s.

Fuse Downside

  • Community – Fuse has a young community compare to other Native Platform, is quite not really active to native app development community.
  • No Support for Existing JavaScript Framework – Fuse supports only Vanilla JavaScript, so if you have an experience from Vue, React, Angular and you want to extend your experience working with Fuse does not applicable.
  • Linux OS not Supported – Sadly to hear that fuse does not supports Linux OS. Fuse only supports Windows and macOS.
  • NPM (Node Package Manager) does not support – Fuse does not support NPM to install and use existing JavaScript libraries.
  • Native ES6 Not Supported – Fuse only support ECMA Script 5.1 for coding JavaScript. But you can transpile the code using Babel to convert ES6 to ES5.

How Fuse Works?

Basically, Fuse translate UX into native C++ code via UNO compiler. UNO is the C# like language code, which was used to write all Fuse’s Classes. All base code written on UX Markup along with Fuse framework, are compiled to C++. The JavaScript are translated by VM at runtime. Meaning that the UI and the logic are independent on each other.

Fuse vs React

Fuse and React Native are both LiveReload, ones the code has been change it will automatically reflected in the app instantly;

JavaScript API – Both fuse and React has JavaScript API’s native functionality, it allows you to access native device features such as camera, Geolocation, push notification through a JavaScript API. It is clear that React has more API accessible compare to Fuse.

Fuse Features compare to other platform.

Fuse has a previewing on multiple devices, this feature allows the developer and designer can review the app multiple devices with different view. If you want to use this feature you just connect your development machine unto the same network segment as the same with the devices.

Fuse has a desktop preview that allows the apps to be viewed on the desktop that let the device emulator runs on a optimize performance.

Fuse has Preview App that can be access using QR code which the app can be access as many devices as your required and changes can be seen automatically.

Fuse Code

Both Fuse and React offers a markup language as a backbone for the UI. Compare to React Native, React Native has more components which represent their native complement.

Compare to react native, React relies on JavaScript. As you can see the code below, the TextInput component relies on text to be initialized then updates on every time the text input by the end users change.

The code below works how the default text for text field is supplied

Fuse divide the logic from managing the UI are favorable in terms of relationship  between a developer and designer. UX markup is very easy to the designer to understand, so they can code and design while the developer handles the base code logic.

Extendable

Fuse is using the same language unto the core classes as way to extend native functionality. You don’t need to dig unto the core Native API of Android and IOS. Fuses Uno can be use as foreign code to make a native range of functionality. Presently Uno only supports Objective C for iOS and Java for Android. This class is can be called from JavaScript. However, React Native has an equivalent bridge module for Android and IOS. This bridge module serves as the bridge between native functionality and JavaScript. Similarly, with Fuse this need to have a knowledge of Objective-C or Java.

Is Fuse better than another native platform development?

Fuse is a production-ready. The main advantage is its performance how fast can go from design to prototype. Apps created in Fuse are fast and optimize suited for fast development. Fuse is collaborative between developers and designers are ease. The disadvantage is lack of community. however Fuse is clearly committed to be open source. Have fun coding..”

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