Mobile applications are an essential part of any business. They can help you increase your revenue and reach new customers. But developing a mobile app isn’t easy, and it takes time to build one that is stable, secure, and scalable. The following tips will help you develop robust mobile apps:
1. Consider the Importance of DevOps for Mobile Apps
DevOps, short for “development” and “operations,” is a set of practices for agile software development. DevOps aims to improve collaboration between developers and IT operations professionals. It focuses on building, testing, releasing, and maintaining applications by breaking down the barriers that traditionally separated these roles.
To get an idea of how important DevOps is for mobile apps, let’s look at how it fits into the CI/CD process. First up: continuous integration (CI). CI involves frequently integrating code from various branches into one branch to test new features before they are released to production. The goal of continuous integration is to help minimize errors in your software by ensuring that every change you make passes through automated tests so problems can be identified early on in the development cycle. Once all the tests pass successfully—and with no failed tests—you’re ready for deployment!
So what does this have to do with DevOps? In addition to its role in CI processes like those described above, DevOps also plays an integral part in deployment lifecycles once your application has been developed entirely and successfully tested through automation tools like JIRA Ticketing System or Jenkins Jobs plug-in. For more insight, JFrog recently uploaded a case study describing how it drastically reduced a massive European bank’s application deployment time from weeks to hours.
2. Be Clear on the Purpose of Your App
Another important consideration is to be clear on the purpose of your app. Why do you want to create an application? What problem does it solve? What are its key features, and how will they help users achieve their goals? Who is it for?
While some apps may have a simple purpose, others have more complex purposes that require detailed planning. The more complicated the product, the more time you should spend defining its purpose, so you know where to focus development efforts and decide what content to include or exclude from your app.
3. Choose a Programming Language That Supports Cross-Platform Development
Choosing a programming language that supports cross-platform development is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when developing a robust mobile application. Many of the biggest names in technology offer options to create cross-platform apps, including:
- Swift (Apple)
- Objective-C (Apple)
- XCode (Apple)
- Android Studio (Google)
Eventually, the goal of cross-platform development is to create an app that can be used on any device. While this isn’t always possible, it’s a worthy goal that can save you time and effort in the long run.
4. Integrate Third-Party Software Capabilities When You Need To
Integrating third-party software capabilities in your mobile app will add a lot of value, but it can also be a double-edged sword. If you don’t do it right, you might end up with a buggy or unstable product.
When integrating third-party software into your mobile app, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure the software is robust and reliable enough for your needs.
- Don’t use third-party software as a substitute for your code.
- Don’t use third-party solutions just because they’re available; they might not be suitable for what you need to accomplish with them (or worse yet, they may not work at all).
5. Build Your App in Stages
Another advantage of building your app in stages is that it enables you to test and refine each component. This approach can help you identify any problems with the core functionality before building the UI, which can save time and money in the long run.
You can begin by designing and building only the core functionality of your mobile application, such as making sure that users can access all essential features or trigger specific actions. You should then create a user interface based on how users will interact with these features or triggers within the context of other apps on their phones.
Finally, once you’ve created core functionality and an appropriate user interface for your mobile application, test those components separately before integrating them into one cohesive product.
The mobile app market is a rapidly evolving one. It’s essential to stay on top of the latest trends and developments to continue delivering quality products. We hope these tips have been helpful for you as you consider how best to develop your mobile applications.