Way back in the early 1990s, when the present day avatar of mobile was still a non-existent entity, man did not have the faintest idea that within a single decade mobile phone would be the next big thing after the discovery of wheel. The journey of mobile phone from minuscule communicative device to a contraption which could capture your world in your palm didn’t take more than 2 decades and it has been disruptive in every possible extent.
Not only it has proven to be disruptive force which has changed man’s lifestyle, it has changed the way man speaks, writes or maintains his interpersonal relationship. It is the year 2013 and man has bowed to the instrument called the smart phone. As a major disruptor, the device in the present times is responsible for the ways by which mankind interacts in sync with the computer and how mobile software in form of apps is in the helm of the carrying the mobile revolution forward.
If we look back 5 years ago, developers were more focused on one single platform based on the Windows computer. They were in the process of tweaking and tuning and refurbishing software for one single operating system and that too, Windows. Within the few years the influx of smart phone and brought with it a barrage of operating systems, or platforms, which has changed the perspective of computers.
Thus smart phone has brought in disruption in the field of development process as well. The developers throughout the world are still coping to the new ways of the new platforms. They are facing a huge transition the way they built, debug, test the platform or deploy. This blog post would be taking up the necessities which would help developers of 2013 to acclimatise with this kind of predicament. :
The Ways to Build
As it has been said earlier the device called smart phone with its inception has given life to several other platforms or more specifically operating system for mobile phone. Theses platforms are based on writing and compiling of codes. Be it IOS, Android, BB OS, J2M, Windows Os, or Symbian, these platforms are driven by IDE and SDKs which becomes a tad too confusing for the developers.
Being a developer, you have to be acquainting yourself with the latest tool which can help you work on multiple platforms. It is highly advisable for a beginner to focus on one platform. Minimize time in managing software while investing more time on the writing of the software.
Plugging problems through Debugging
The debugging software for mobile application development is still in its stage. The process takes place in form of a twofold process. Mobile emulators installed within the desktop helps in development of the apps. The apps are tested on the mobile phones. If any of the bugs are found, then the app is tested on the desktop and the bug is removed. It is again applied to the smart phone for a test run.
The process of debugging might be important but it is quite a tedious one. Developers in the present times have to wait for a better way out.
Trials and Tests
The developers have to go through automated test, before deploying the product into the virtual market. If compared to old school Window system, when testing was much simpler, the procedure is tad too difficult. The test has to be run through different operating systems, but different devices as well.
With cloud computing on the role, the processes of testing and trials have gone through improvements, but still much has to be done.
Way to the Shop
After the apps have been thorough tested and tried, the app gets its way through the virtual app store and they to the hand of the palm top of the user. The app developer would be focusing more on the one click, multi platform deployment software to make the process easier.
We still belong to the stage when smart mobile application development is still in its nascent stage and there are so much more to see in the future. If you are willing to know more about apps development, you can always go for GetAProgrammer.