I am willing to bet that you have a lineup of your favorite applications that you use on a regular basis. Perhaps, you use Facebook, a messaging app, and don’t forget some entertainment apps as well. As a user, you are enjoying something that was created by dedicated mobile app developers. They would sink a lot of time and money just for you to enjoy whatever application you’re using frequently. To help increase your appreciation, I will talk about some things you do not know about the mobile app development process.
The very first part of the process revolves around the concept. What is the application all about? Perhaps, you are running a business and you just want to expand your venture’s operations? Or maybe, you want to create an application that people would love to use on a daily basis. Or, you want to solve a particular problem and your application is the way to do it. Whatever the case may be, everything starts with an idea.
Developers can choose which architecture model they’re going to use when developing an application. Some of the well-known architectures are the Model-View-ViewModel or MVVM, the Model-View-Presenter or MVP model, and what is known as the ‘clean’ architecture.
Any mobile app development team would have to choose the right database based on what kind of application they’re going to create. They may use ORMLite, SQLite, among a host of other database options.
Similar to databases, developers would have to make use of different certificates. For the most part, Fabric and CI (Continuous Integration) seems to be the best choices for this. Continuous Integration is just a set of tools that will help streamline build management and allows developers to hasten the app creation process.
5. Backend and API
Every application would require both front-end and back-end processes. The back-end are those that developers create (through APIs) that would help the front-end communicate with a known server. The front-end is anything that deals with the interface of the application. In other words, this will revolve around anything that the user can see when using the app.
You do not want to deploy an application that is riddled with bugs, which is why you want QA-engineers to test them. They will not only test every nook and cranny of your application but they will also make a detailed report highlighting anything that they may find that is ‘out of the ordinary’.
The client and the app development company would need to communicate before the start of the development process. This is where the company would ask the client about the specifications of the application such as the user interface elements, functionalities and many more.
Research would have to be done in order to run the client’s concept into a feasibility assessment test. Once that is done, market research will also help so that the developers can add any features that they deem that will make the application so much better.
Of course, you want to integrate some error messages that will help the users troubleshoot any errors on their device (to continue to use the app).
As a client, you always want to improve your application to improve user retention. App analytics will help you find out what your users actually want to utilize in your application and what other features that they do not want to use (that often).