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5 Ionic Framework App Development Tips and Tricks

Ionic is an incredibly useful framework for building HTML5 hybrid mobile apps. It is a great starting point for creating Cordova/Phonegap mobile applications. It provides common mobile app components that are reusable and adaptable. Ionic also provides a very useful CLI (command line interface) that allows you to create, compile, run and export mobile apps with ease. It is continuously adding new features pushing it beyond just a front end framework. Need to put together a prototype before building a native app or responsive web app? Ionic is a great choice for prototypes too.

In this article, I wanted to provide an overview of some of the most useful things I uncovered. I hope that it helps new developers get their own apps up and running faster.

These guides will assume you’ve got a project up and running in your CLI. We will use one of the templates found on the Ionic “Getting Started” page. For example, ionic start myApp blank. This is definitely the best way if you’re starting from scratch. You’ll get access to all of the Ionic CLI features along with their core starting template.

I’ll start with something almost every app will want to do – customization.

Where Is the Best Place for My Custom Styles?

I’ve played around with a few ideas within the project structure looking for the best method. One that would be clean for my own expanding projects but would also work with the ionic Gulp set up. I didn’t want to change the default Ionic Gulp file unnecessarily.

Just Put Styles in www?

It may be tempting to rush into things and throw new scss files into the www folder somewhere. Near the code for the Ionic styles and then add a reference to your CSS file within the index.html. Avoid that! It doesn’t work so well with the Ionic Gulp set up. Better not to add things in there.

A Better Way – Adding Styles into ionic.app.scss

In the folder called /scss, you should find an ionic.app.scss file. This is the main SASS file that compiles all the styles for your app. This is what Ionic’s Gulp set up will refer to. Want your code to work and compile with everything else, including live refresh? The ionic.app.scss file is self-explanatory. You can add plenty of new styles at the end of this file. This will work well for small and simple apps with a few customizations.

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