What is an Application Builder?
The term “application builder” is one that has been used by developers and software engineers ever since the early days of developing apps and applications. Over time however, the term has changed from describing the specific software programmes that were used by developers to build applications to a term that describes many different types of tools and automated application builder systems
So what are Application Builders?
Somewhat confusingly, an application builder is now a development tool that includes everything from specific application building software programmes – a good example of this type of app builder is Visual Basic – to automated web application builders that quickly and easily create simple web apps. Even those popular open source software programmes such as Ruby on Rails are considered to be an application builder by developers and software engineers, despite their primary usage as web development technologies.
An application builder suitable for use in the 21st Century varies in complexity and usability as well as the different types of applications that it can produce. A traditional software programme requires extensive coding and development skills to build applications with; however an application builder for mobile apps will provide easy-to-use tools that require minimal knowledge of application development techniques.
Who can use Application Builders?
Due to the extensive variety available, a number of different users with varying levels of knowledge and experience can make use of an application builder. The usage of a typical application builder depends on its complexity; however everyone from skilled developers and software engineers to app development novices can use some type of application building tool or software to create usable apps and applications.
Most automated app building tools can be used by individuals who have very little or no prior experience of web development or application development techniques. Due to their simplicity however, automated app building tools are only really suited to the development of basic or leisure apps. The more complex application building software programmes can be used to create the more sophisticated applications that are needed for business and commercial use; however they are only suitable for use by experienced application developers and software engineers.
What are the Benefits of UK Application Builders?
The versatile nature of the various types of application builder available in the UK means that when they are used correctly they can bring many benefits. The complex software-based application builders can be used to create flexible and responsive business applications that can improve the way that management information is both gathered and retained, helping businesses to achieve improvements with productivity and efficiency. Similarly, the most basic mobile and web app builders are a great way to explore application development, and are ideal for creating fun apps, games and applications.
Although an application builder will provide users with all the technical tools that they need to build an application, there are still application development processes that have to be followed to ensure the development of functional and usable apps and applications. We take a closer look at one of these processes in the next article in our series – How to Build an Application the Right Way.