Introduction to Creating an App
If you’re considering developing an application either for use in-house in your business or organisation or for more commercial purposes, we would always recommend that you make use of the services of experienced and reputable apps developers. Unless you have a skilled application developer or software engineering expert in-house, creating an app with a professional app developer is necessary if you want to ensure that your resulting app is well-designed, usable and that it provides a substantial return on your investment. It often helps to develop a basic understanding of what goes into the process of creating an app, and even though different developers will have different methods that they will use, they typically all start an application development process by answering the following questions.
What is the Purpose of the App?
It goes without saying that all apps and applications are developed with a purpose in mind, they wouldn’t be applications if they didn’t, but this purpose needs to be one that is very specific and detailed. If they’re creating an app for business use, a developer needs to know exactly what that application will be expected to do. Simply stating that the app needs to improve the way that records are managed isn’t detailed enough; successfully creating an app relies on the developer knowing all the small details of the records in question. Without being fully aware of the overall purpose of the application no app developer, no matter how experienced they are, will be able to to go about creating an app in the right way.
Who will be using the Finished App?
Application development used to be concerned solely with the specifics of the application itself – what it would be used for and how it would be used – but application development in the 21st Century is a much more intuitive process. Today app developers want to know about the end users of the applications they are creating – who they are, why they are using the app and what type of device will they be using it on. When it comes to commercial applications, Smartphones and Android devices offer users multiple interaction points and elements, so creating an app for these devices needs to make use of them. This type of thinking also leads developers into considering where users will be when they make use of the apps that are being developed; different user environments can have an impact the development methods used when creating an app.
Which App-Building Method is more Appropriate?
Although most application developments will usually have a preferred method for creating an app, different types of applications may require different app-building methods depending on the financial and time restrictions placed on them by their clients. If a business or organisation needs a simple, cost-effective web or mobile app a developer may choose to utilise an automated application builder or modify an application template instead of building it from scratch. More complex projects will require more substantial app-building methods, and the app developer may also incorporate techniques such as Joint Application Development – a process of development that involves the end users of an application as well as its owners and developers.
You can find out more about why its important to use the services of professional developers when creating an app or application in the next article in our series – Developing Apps, the Need for Expert Guidance. If you’re looking to hire an application developer or development company, our App Developer Buyer’s area will provide you with everything that you need to know.