Making A Functional And Appealing App

Throughout the years mankind has produced groundbreaking advancements in technology that have played a pivotal role within the ever expanding infrastructure of our civilization. From the invention of the wheel to the latest in fully functional motion censored next generation entertainment systems, individuals continue to find new and innovative ways to quickly acquire, absorb and distribute an unprecedented amount of information.

In 2013 that evolutionary process has now reached unprecedented heights due in large part to the ever increasing number of consumers gaining access to a variety of high tech gadgetry such as personal computers, smart phones and tablets. Now, with the development of programming languages such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML 5 and Objective-C, manufacturers are utilizing mobile app development platforms to create software which allows users to navigate their way around the information super highway in a more streamlined fashion.

Known simply as apps, users can now take full advantage of a wide array of resources with just a couple of swipes and button presses. And thanks to satellite technology along with the versatility of mobile devices, common tasks such as web browsing and uploading/streaming/downloading multimedia content, which not too long ago required a local or wireless network connection, can now be done from almost anywhere.

Pretty soon industries of every kind wasted little time in an effort to update their business models as a means to maximize the profit potential of a new age. For those looking to purchase tickets, schedule flights or book hotel accommodations on the go, there’s an app for that. For those looking to shop around for products, compare prices and finalize transactions at a moment’s notice, there’s an app for that. These days, thanks to the number of skilled designers creating apps on a daily basis, a person can simply turn their smart phones into scanners, flashlights or even hotspots for other devices.

Due to increasing demand the limits of technology are constantly challenged. Web developers are encouraged to keep pushing the proverbial envelope coming up with new and ingenious ways of providing clients and business with a myriad of options in regards to enhancing productivity as well as enriching their own lives on a daily basis.

And thanks in large part to mobile app development platforms like JQuery, Adobe, Sencha and Syclo and many others, developers can fine tune basic functionality in addition to customizing the user interface in order to broaden accessibility and thus increasing the product’s overall appeal. As a result this enables applications to achieve the standards of efficiency required for operating systems that run on PC’s and web-kit enabled mobile devices.

So while today’s society reaps the benefits of a booming technological revolution there’s no doubt that the much more compelling component when taking into account the plethora of wondrous tools that continue to be available to the masses, is what exists on the not so distant horizon.

An Introduction to App Development

Starting mobile app development can be somewhat daunting at first. If one keeps a few things in mind however, it can be an exciting field. First and foremost, one needs to decide on which platform to target. Many people are surprised to discover that this, and related matters will be the most difficult part of the development process. The creation of a development plan is often a more daunting task than writing the actual code.

The two most popular platforms at the moment are iOS and Android. The user numbers for both tend to shift around quite a bit over time, but in general the numbers tend to be somewhat even. Obviously, a developer will want to target both platforms. This is made quite a bit more difficult by the fact that each uses a different programming language. Android uses a subset of the Java programming language, and iOS uses Objective C. While there are similarities between the two, for the most part this means that one can’t simply share a codebase between an Android and iOS based app.

That said, there is one shared point between the two platforms. HTML5 based applications are usually thought of as something which only exists within a browser. It’s actually possible to take HTML5 based apps, basically embed them within a browser’s functionality and then distribute them as one would any other app. It’s even possible to include hooks to native operating system functions in order to provide a more native experience to the application. However, while this is possible on a technical level there is a significant downside. At the moment, Apple disallows something known as JIT compilation within their embedded browser. The end effect is that an otherwise native and deployed HTML5 based app on iOS will function significantly slower than it would if loaded directly into a browser. For some apps this won’t be much of a concern. Basic calculations and anything which mainly works with text shouldn’t suffer any real world detriments from the lack of JIT compilation. Anything which uses a larger amount of calculations will probably suffer significant slowdown though. If this isn’t an issue, the HTML5 model of development may well be the easiest path to creating a fully platform independent and yet native application for a wide variety of mobile devices.

If one needs full speed for both platforms, things can be more difficult. In these cases it will be necessary to either drop support for one platform or to simply work with two mostly separate codebases. If one does decide to keep a separate branch for each platform, it’s imperative that he or she also adhere to a strict and clearly written design spec. It essentially means writing a clone of one’s own program, so it will be vital to ensure that one has a set procedure of requirements for it.