@mug Sorry as well for not getting you an answer, I just learned about this forum today. So, let me give my background and all the different frameworks I have tried.
I am a ColdFusion, Flex (ActionScript), on databases (Oracle, MySQL, and MSSQL) programmer. When mobile dev started popping up, some of the first cross-platform tools looked very promising, especially because I do not do graphics (I am horrible at UI design). I first used Elips OpenPlug. It was awesome! My Flex code was compiled to native apps. Then they got bought out by Alcatel Lucent and that was that. Bye bye awesome tool.
So, at that point I decided to go native. My degrees were in C/C++ so I had a good base for Java and C#. My problem was, I just wasn’t strong enough in those languages nor was I given enough time to do some starter projects and so I ended up working on other stuff.
Then I heard about Xamarin. Great product, but their Forms is lacking at the moment and it just felt like I could get 50% with projects but not all the way. This led me to Ionic. Another great platform, but their cloud platform for UI design was lacking. I uncovered a few bugs and they confirmed them for me, but there is no solution at this time, so again, my project was dead. Additionally, the use of AngularJS is a show stopper for me. In my opinion, it is great for big robust applications, but for the small data driven apps that my company does, it is bloat that impedes rapid development (if you can’t tell, Angular is new and scary! ha!)
Onward ho to looking at Sencha and jQuery Mobile. Well, the money stopped me there and the horrible performance reviews regarding jQuery Mobile, so I left that be. I looked at Framework 7 and usually I was stopped by the use of Angular or some other large framework or the high cost for a dev license.
Then I found Monaca with Onsen. This in my opinion is the holy grail for me. The development (pure JS) fits my knowledge base without me having to learn anything other than some new syntax for the Onsen components. The Monaca cloud IDE is spectacular. It functions flawlessly for me and I don’t have to do any installations on my local machine as well as configuring anything. The UI is awesome and really helps with the overall UX.
In short, what has taken me months with other platforms, I have accomplished in weeks with Monaca and Onsen. Granted, poor @Fran-Diox has to be tired of answering my questions in stack overflow, but now I feel I have really gotten the hang of this platform and extremely quick. The dev license cost is exactly what I can afford. I am super stoked about Monaca and Onsen and my only fear is that they get bought out and another great product is removed from market.