What is application development and delivery?
Exploring how those colorful icons on your smartphone are made
How are apps developed?The first step in designing an app involves deciding what the app will do, and having a clear idea about what the app needs to be. After that, estimates for the time needed to develop an app vary, but generally are in the weeks, with one estimate for a total of 18 weeks, with 10 weeks on the back-end and 8 weeks on the front-end. Back-end activities include management of user accounts including passwords, integration of data with 3rd party websites such as social media, setting up the user experience, and designing app notifications. Front-end designing encompasses quality testing and optimizations, refinements to the user interface, data handling such as local caching to improve performance, and synchronization for use of the app offline. The final activity after all of the back-end and front-end work is the deployment of the app. Deploying an app involves getting it placed into the iOS and Google Play app store. This involves a registration and approval process which does take some time and money to accomplish.
The cost of app development
The rise of no code appsNot every enterprise, and in particular startup, can afford to hire a top tier firm to create the code to run their app. For those folks not afraid to get ‘under the hood’ on app development, there are many choices of software that with some know how can shoulder at least some of the heavy lifting. Analogous to lots of folks getting into website creation some years ago, now there is a trend towards creating apps in house. Keep in mind this is better suited for less complex apps for the novice app creator.
An example of app creation software is GoodBarber, which uses an online interface to create both iOS via Objective C and Android via Java apps. It claims over 30,000 apps published, fifteen years of experience, and the free 30-day trial certainly makes it risk free to take it out for a test drive. While no coding skills are required, the feature set is quite long, and any app created remains the creator’s intellectual property, with only the user’s ads and branding. It is also hard to beat their ‘triple data backup,’ which includes a daily backup to three geographic locations. Apps are created via ‘drag and drop’ construction of widgets, into one of seven possible templates, and checked for compatibility on thirty different devices. Libraries of images, themes, fonts and icons allow for a custom look. More complicated app development is also supported, such as sign-ups and logins via the popular social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter, SMS notifications, discount coupons, loyalty programs, push notifications, and comments. Pricing for GoodBarber is available via a monthly subscription, with the Android Standard plan for $40 (£31) per month, and the iOS Premium plan at $115 (£89) per month, with discounts available with an annual subscription. The rise and ever increasing importance of mobile platforms has shifted the conversation. While apps were originally just to extend the presence of the brand onto the smartphone, these days it is about creating a great customer experience on mobile, with the ultimate goal of penetrating new markets to increase sales.
Original Source: https://www.techradar.com/news/what-is-application-development-and-delivery Original Date: 9/4/18 Written By: Jonas DeMuro