A lot of people shy away from learning the actual app development process. People would say that that work is only reserved for dedicated mobile app developers. But, it is actually quite easy to understand the basics of the entire process. You just have to learn a few terms that is. Today, I am going to talk about the most common terminologies that developers use when creating an app.
Native or Web
All of the applications that you can see on your device’s respective app stores are actually cross-platform ones, but there are also those that only work in one operating system.
Native apps are those that only work in one operating system- may it be on Android or iOS. You may also have heard of web apps as well. These applications are created using HTML5 and may work on both operating systems- provided that you use a browser to access it.
For you to be able to develop mobile apps, you will need to know how to use different programming languages depending on the platform you’re going to build apps for. For instance, if you want to create iOS apps, you can use either Objective-C or Swift. For Android applications, you can use Java and the new Firebase platform.
Brief Overview of the App Development Process
For you to understand the entire process of building an app, you just have to refer to this list:
1. Defining Your Intent
What is the purpose of your application? Answering that question is necessary so that you will know what features to incorporate in your app.
2. Create a Sketch
Just like building a structure, you will also need to provide a sketch of your actual application. To do that, you have to create a wireframe that details all of the UI elements, as well as the functions of the application.
3. Do Your Research
Of course, you want to know if your app idea is feasible and for that, you will need to conduct market research. You want to know more about two things: your target audience and your competitors. You want to know what your target demographic likes, dislikes, and what they usually clamor for in an app that is similar to yours. You want to know how your competitors built their application by studying the design, the features, and any other pertinent detail to help you.
4. Define the Front-end and the Back-end
The front-end focuses on the interface and the design of the application, while the back-end mainly revolves around the things that the user cannot see (but is still integral to the functioning of the app).
Once the development process is initiated, the developers would have to create prototypes of the application so that it can be tested thoroughly before release.
After everything is done, the application will be submitted to the different app stores for approval. Once approved, your users will be able to download and install your application onto their devices.