This is a follow-up to the previous post where we talked about the growth of the mobile app market and how you could possibly benefit from it. In this article we discuss about the first general steps you need to consider before you join this app gold rush. And you can benefit, if you work smart, not necessarily hard but smart.
First step: Learn, Learn and Learn
Types of apps
Developing an app depends on the type of app you want to create. There are three major types of apps that are common today, namely Native, Hybrids, Dedicated Web apps.
- A native app is made using a specific programming language for the targeted platform. Some of the programming languages include:
- Objective-C for iOS,
- Java for Android,
- C++ for Symbian.
How to develop an app
There are 2 major ways that mobile apps can be developed.
- Mobile app builder;
Both methods have their own pros and cons.
For the guy who would rather not write code
Mobile app builder
This is the choicest method if you do not have any computer science qualification or simply if you would rather not write code and save time. Mobile app builders are programs that let you develop apps by simple drag and drop actions e.g. placing a button in the User Interface will simply need you to drag it from the panel and paste it on the phone emulator.
There are various mobile app tools on the internet that can help you design apps easily. Many of them are cloud based i.e. hosted on the internet, Examples are AppMakr, EveryoneApps, iBuildApp, Snappii, AppInstitute, Appbuilder, Appsbar.
Tutorials on how to can get started with some of the builders:
The advantage of using mobile app builder is that development takes very little time. However, innovativeness here is throttled because you have to adhere to what the builder offers and how it works.
Hard-code (getting your hands dirty)
For the guy who knows web technology
HTML5 came with the power to develop the finest mobile apps, in-fact industry specialists say 52% of mobile app developers use HTML5. This includes
- Websites that automatically reshape to match the size of the device’s screen,
- Web apps that are downloadable and can work offline and
- Web apps that are converted to native apps using programs like Appcelerator.
The guy who is experienced in web technology has therefore a good starting point on the development of mobile apps.
For the guy who knows Java, C++ or Objective-C
Good news, you are the guy in best position to create the fastest, smoothest and most reliable apps. All you need are some tutorials on getting started. For Android app development you can start with this set of tutorials, for the iOS platform you can start with this, and for Symbian app development this is a good starting point. Feel free however to google and find tutorials that are more suiting to your personal taste.
Next article we will be giving some tips on how you can begin working on your first major project. This will include naming your app, researching on competition, and uploading the app to the appropriate app store.