People, who prefer smart phones and tablets over personal computers and laptops are increasing significantly every year. The trend is likely to continue with technology becoming cheaper and easily available, particularly in the developing nations. Several trading companies have forayed into the online platform. The majority of data inflow for these e-commerce sites comes from the Smartphone devices. It is imperative to have innovative mobile applications to survive in this extremely competitive business environment. So it has become a norm for these companies to build mobile based applications, to extend their reach to the larger section of the audiences.
While developing an application, a significant number of factors like the client’s business cycle, data, application platform, etc, influence a developer to pick a particular mobile application tool.
We are listing few factors that a developer should consider before opting for a software development tool for the mobile application.
An application development tool should reduce the burden of the developer. Even if it doesn’t, at least it should not make the job of the developer difficult. The design of the tool should be in such a way, that it functions exactly the way developers intended it to work. The interface of the tool should be easy to handle. A tool which is simple makes it easier for the developer to develop an effective mobile application.
It is important to see that the development tool is taking care of all the security procedures and leaving no room for errors. All functions and services should be adhering to the rules and regulations of the government policies. The tool has to be compatible on different platforms without comprising on the element of data security.
The application development tool has to be flexible. It should be able to accommodate the other programs. The tool should ensure a continuous integration of the data among multiple systems and should be able to bind all the components of the software.
Developing an application is not an easy task; it involves a patience and great effort. After developing the application, it has to undergo several tests to ensure the proper working. The applications have to be checked for vulnerabilities, deployed on a web server and hosted on cloud services.
There are services that provide the developers with the templates or the code samples. In most of these services, reusing of the code is also possible. They also provide the option of customizing the specific components.
When you are building the application across the multiple platforms, the native apps, though expensive and take a very long time to develop, offer the quality performance and great user experience. The web applications are easy and quick to develop. However, they are not as scalable as the native applications.
The Developers must clearly understand the client’s business. Understanding the purpose of the mobile application, its target audience etc. will help the developers understand which tool to use to build the client’s application.