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App development- what you must know about it

App development- what you must know about it

Introduction to app development:

How many times have you used applications on your device? How many apps do you have on your device? Application is a set of procedures and processes included in writing software for different sized computing devices. The app is a very commonly used slang term for software application or software program that is used on a computer device for completing tasks easily, efficiently and effectively. Application development is the profession that employs people who can design, develop and deploy these applications. There are numerous software companies engaged in developing applications. 

In order to develop an app a developers need to go through the whole process of software development life lifecycle (SDLC).  This process contains step that are performed before and after the actual writing of computer program. These steps are planning, analysis, design, construction, testing, implementation and support. 

Three most common types of application development methodologies include rapid application development (RAD), waterfall development and agile development. 

Rapid app development

Rapid app development (RAD) or also known as rapid app building (RAB) refers to adaptive software development approaches. It is what we can say “less talk more action”. RAD approaches put more emphasis on an adaptive process and less emphasis on planning. 

Waterfall app development 

Waterfall model demonstrates the software development process in linear sequential phases. Each phase depends on the completion of previous phase. It is a less flexible approach as progress flows largely in one direction. It puts emphasis on documentation as well as source codes.

Agile app development

It refers to software app development methodologies that circles around the idea of iterative development, where solutions and requirements come from collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams.

Mobile and web applications

Mobile apps

It is a software application developed specifically for use on wireless, small computing devices like smartphones and tablets. There are three categories of mobile apps. Mobile apps can be web-based, native apps or hybrid apps. There are so many types of apps like gaming apps, fitness apps, business apps, educational apps, entertainment apps, utility apps and travel apps. If we come to talk about why we need mobile apps, there are numerous reasons for it. In business, mobile apps can improve efficiency, offer high scalability, secure your data, integrate with existing software, improve customer relationship and ease in project management. If you have any app idea cooking in your mind you can get it created from a mobile app development company.

Web apps

These are the application programs stored on a remote server and delivered over the internet through a browser interface. If you are confusing web app with websites then this blog is for you. A website is a set of web pages viewed on a browser. It offers viewers with details. On the other hand, web application is interactive websites with user engagement as an integral part. There are six common types of web apps namely static web app, dynamic web app, online store or e-commerce, portal web app, animated web app, web app with a CMS. Web apps are cost-effective, accessible anywhere, easily customizable and adaptable to increased workload. There are so many web app development companies for building web apps.

 Mobile apps VS Web apps

Mobile apps and web apps are two completely different things. People sometimes confuse native mobile apps with web apps. Here we will discuss a few points of differentiation between mobile apps and web apps.

  • Native mobile apps are built for a specific platform, such as iOS for downloaded and installed via an app store and have access to system resources, such as GPS and the camera function. Mobile apps live and run on the device itself. On the other hand, Web apps are accessed via the internet browser and will adapt to whichever device you are viewing them on. They are not native to a particular system and do not need to be downloaded or installed. 
  • Mobile apps are more expensive to develop than web apps, and because they are platform-specific, launching an app across different platforms pretty much means starting from scratch in terms of design and development. 
  • Mobile apps are much faster than web apps and tend to be more advanced in terms of features and functionality. 
  • Compared to mobile apps, web apps are usually quicker and easier to build but they are much simpler in terms of features.

Examples:

Mobile apps google drive, google play, YouTube, google map, Zillow, dropbox etc.

Web apps google docs, Evernote, trello, Netflix etc.

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