The process of app development is defined as the process of writing software for a mobile application to run on various mobile operating systems.
The different mobile platforms or rather operating systems include Blackberry, Android, iOS, and Windows mobile.
It is prudent to understand that you cannot take an app from a particular mobile platform and port it to another. Each mobile application store has its requirements.
Before deciding which kind of mobile application development you want, you need to consider the following:
- What kind of app do you want to be developed. Is it a utility, informational piece or a gaming app?
- Which platform will be best for your mobile application? Many people use Android phones. However, they tend to go for free apps. As for iOS users, they are more willing to pay for apps, but it ‘s hard to be published by Apple.
- What is your definition of a successful app? Is it the amount of money, number of users, etc.?
- What features are you going to incorporate into your app? Will your target market want to use them?
- Once published, what next? How are you going to sell your application?
If you can answer the above questions, then you are ready to approach a software developer and sell him your idea. That is if you are not able to develop the application yourself.
If you can find a developer to help you reach a decision on the questions above, well and good.
Application Development Terminologies and their Definitions
Below is a brief description of the standard terminologies that you may come across as you develop your app or work with a developer to make it happen:
i. Development Life Cycle: it refers to the procedures and process involved when creating a product, system or program.
ii. Programming Language: this is an artificial language used to create programs that control how a machine behaves.
iii. Web Application: it is an application program that resides on remote servers and is delivered over the internet to the user’s device.
iv. Application Wizard: this is an element of the user interface that presents the user with a sequence of dialog boxes. These boxes are used to lead the user through a series of clear steps.
vi. Application Maintenance: this refers to the process of modifying an application to improve its attributes or performance and to also correct faults.
When all the coding is done, you are published, and you launch your app, you need to get feedback from users. Their feedback will help you the updates you will make to the application to retain user confidence in your app.