GETTING STARTED IN APP DEVELOPMENT

As mentioned, apps are part science, part art. The artistic part is the concept of the app; the user interaction and experience. The science of an app relates to the actual development and coding.

Apps as an art

Like any new product but especially with apps, the importance of something being creative and new cannot be under stressed. With more than a million apps out there, today’s apps also need to be engaging to hold their user’s attention, and that means being a quality product. Any app in the modern market needs to be very consumer friendly and very useful.

Apps that are worth billions today started out as pencil sketches in a notebook. Typically an app’s conceptual design can be drawn out on something like a storyboard. Once a basic idea has been hammered out, the developer can start thinking about background features, design themes, and other app accoutrements.

Once an app concept has been firmly established it will be time to transfer this idea to reality through coding and development.

Apps as a science

When it comes to putting an idea that has been worked out on paper onto the screen of a smartphone, the more programming and coding experience the developer has the better. Having zero experience in this field is okay too. Developers can start with one of the many programs out there that creates a basic app in a step-by-step process. However, creating pre-formatted apps usually sacrifices the developer’s original concept because the idea has to fit within the confines of the app-creating program.

Professional app developers will need to become familiar with the coding language associated with the operating system they want to work with:

  • Google’s Android is based on the Linux kernel
  • Apple’s iOS uses its own coding language which is based on Mac OS X (the Unix-based programming language for Apple’s Mac computer series) – both of these are based on Darwin
  • Windows Phone OS is based on the Metro design language, also referred to as Microsoft design language
  • Blackberry mobile device series are based on QNX