Would you like to create your own app for mobile devices like phones and tablets? Do you long to become a programmer? Marina Cherednichenko has some advice for those just starting out or thinking about starting.
Mobile technologies are definitely absorbing. Only a few years ago a mobile phone was just a means of communication, however, now it is an indispensable tool for interaction with the world around us.
Imagining a daily routine without any mobile applications does not seem possible. There are plenty of them installed on our devices. It is no wonder that this has increased development and it encourages everyone interested to play around with app creation. If you are one of them, but do not know where to start when it comes to mobile apps development, take a look at the tips below.
Choose a platform
The two most popular platforms are iOS and Android. Note that opting for the latter you will have to deal with a great number of devices of different dimensions and technical specifications. Also, consider the following differences:
iOS applications can be created solely on MacBook where you can deploy Xcode - an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for apps compatible with Apple devices. Android applications can be developed on any device, including the MacBook. To begin with, you need to install Android Studio, an IDE for the apps of the same name.
If you want to develop a native app, the choice is between Java for Android and Objective-C or Swift for iOS. Java is more general language since it extends to a variety of devices, such as BlackBerry and Amazon. Objective-C and Swift are strictly limited to Apple devices and aim to develop apps for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.
If you know none of these languages, Java might be a better solution. If you are familiar with C, mastering Objective-C or Swift won’t make a great deal.
Speaking of programming languages, I cannot fail to mention a cross-platform technology which implies creating a product compatible with different operating systems. Opting for it, you can write your app in C # and then process the code with a special cross-platform framework, like Xamarin.
Users are concerned about protecting their data. That is why you should pay attention to the following parameters before starting development:
Compared to Android, iOS provides a high level of security. iOS Security Guide (PDF) describes several classes of files protection. Each class has its own security key. The system is arranged so that the key is kept in the erased storage. Once the data is wiped out, the key cannot be recovered and the data cannot be reached.
Android has a very different approach to the data protection and assumes that the developer will set the encryption system by their own. However, some vendors offer custom solutions for the safety improvement, for example, Knox by Samsung.
Here you will have to fag away no matter which platform you develop for. Bear in mind that HTTPS is highly recommended over HTTP during the data transmission. In case of increased security requirements, consider using peer-to-peer technology, that is deployed by WhatsApp, Telegram, and other well-known apps.
Take care of usability
A concept of a user-friendly interface should be introduced before a single line of code is written. To some extent, Interface Guidelines may come to the rescue with their recommendations.
Note that Apple errs on the conservative side and does not allow significant deviations from its Flat Design. Android, by contrast, provides designers with a complete freedom and does not restrict a stretch of imagination. For all that, consider using the elements of Material Design if you want your app to be easy on the eyes within Android systems.
The purpose of this article is to give you a general imagination of the things to consider before you set about your first app development. Of course, there are more nuances left. However, they are more about specific instances that will be considered in the future posts. Stay with us!
Author: Marina Cherednichenko is a technical copywriter at Cleveroad. She writes about mobile apps, tech innovations, and progressive management models. Dealing both with programmers and customers she brings a digital world closer to people. Check her posts at Cleveroad blog.
- Written by Guest Poster
- Published: 08 August 2016