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What is mobile app development?

Mobile app development is the creation of software specifically designed to work in wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets to accomplish precise tasks in the specialized operating systems.


Before defining mobile app development in a simple way, we better start from the basics and clear out the differences between websites and web apps, which are similar to mobile apps.

In simple words, a website is a set of related web pages filled with information under a single domain address (name). Its main characteristic is that a website is mainly informational, it might have some user interaction but to a limited extent. To give a clear example of a limited interaction, let’s pretend we are on a blog. What can we do on a website’s blog? Search information, go from one page to the other, subscribe or share in social media. That is the most interaction a regular website has with a user. On the other hand, a web application implies a lot of user interaction in order to see something happen on the page. A web app may also be considered informational but in a way in which the user can control how he or she consumes the information. This interaction doesn’t have to be very specific or detailed but it provides different options for the user to customize, adjust or analyze the data provided on the page. There are also hybrid websites, which have both a website (informational) and a web app (custom user interaction) in a single domain address and sometimes gets really hard to differentiate between them.

After making these concepts clear, we can start going towards the definition of mobile app development.

Mobile app development can be very similar to web app development and sometimes, within the IT sector, both are contrasted with each other. The main difference between them is the native programming language. For web apps, developers use programming languages such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, Node.js, JavaScript, etc. On the other hand, native mobile apps are mainly programed in Objective-C or Swift (iOS) or Android (Java) and are made for a particular mobile operating system (iOS or Android), while web apps are supposed to run on all modern day devices (computers, cell phones, tablets, etc.). In an attempt to close this gap, we can develop hybrid apps in Cordova that use a single code base to run in several different platforms including: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, web browsers, FireOS, etc.

Another way web apps and mobile apps are different is that each of them are designed to perform and solve issues in different ways when running in different environments such as web browsers or mobile phones. For example, you may have a web app written in Ruby on Rails that records students personal information in order to track their progress through the school year and you may have a mobile app that you use to collect information and send it to the web app via API endpoints. Here, we are not interested in having a lot of functionality on the mobile app because it’s mainly a way for teachers to input the data that will be saved in the database for later analysis on the computer. In addition, teachers could retrieve live data from the database via the API in order to check information about a particular student.

In order to conclude this explanation, we are going to simply define a mobile app as a software designed specifically to perform explicit tasks in mobile devices.

So, what is android mobile development?

After all these clarifications we can say that android mobile development is the creation of software specifically designed to work on wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, smart clocks, etc. to accomplish specific tasks in an operating system called android.

As said before, android apps are written in the Java programming language but is also possible to program in C and C++ using the Android native development Kit (NDK). Recently, there was an introduction of a secondary “official” Java language called Kotlin that is very similar to the original but easier to understand and process.

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Types and benefits of the top 3 development languages for 2018

To start, it would be good to first define what a programming language is since it’s the foundation of any website, web application or App development project. A programming language is a set of commands or instructions, similar to any formal language but to communicate with computers, used to create programs made up of a group of algorithms.

Languages used by programmers to write code can be divided into “low level languages” and “high level languages”. Low level languages are directly recognized by the computer and high level languages are designed to be easy to understand by the coder or help automate many areas of computing systems. For example, high level languages allow programmers to use source code (a base of a program that contains rules, instructions, loops, everything a program needs to function), in a very natural way. It uses words like function, if, or symbols like <, >, =, which are very common words and symbols that anyone can naturally understand.

We have many different options when approaching web application developmentwebsite development or mobile app development. We can create simple websites using a commonly used CMS (like WordPress) or a more complex web application in Ruby on Rails, PHP, Node.js, etc. On the other hand, if you’re planning on carrying out a mobile development project, you might consider languages like Objective-C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android or create a hybrid application using Cordova. At the end of the day, everything depends on the objectives of your software development project and we’re here to advise you on the most cost-effect way to approach your project.

Let’s go a bit deeper on high level languages; Java, C++, Perl or PHP are categorized as high level languages. They are also called compiled languages because they have to be compiled in order to run. So what does it mean to be compiled? To be compiled is to convert the source code (high level languages) into machine code (low-level language), this process is mostly done by a compiler that translates everything written. PHP or pearl don’t need a compiler but an interpreter so they are not called compiled languages but interpreted languages.

There are several high level languages but let’s talk about what are thought to be the top 3 programming languages of 2018 which are:

SWIFT

It is a language specifically used to create native iOS and Mac OS applications, making it also one of the languages with the most potential to shape our future. The current growth of this language is due to the fact that it is based around the previous successes of C and Objective-C.

Swift is considered to be fun to use and highly user friendly. This language was created by Apple for iOS with the benefit of Xcode tracking which allows you to keep track of your errors easily. Another special benefit of this language is that it also hosts the Automatic Reference Counting, a well-known feature that manages an app’s memory usage to make sure that it is not taking too much disk space.

RUBY

Ruby is an object-oriented programming language created in 1993 that is currently 5 times in more demand than Python and seen along Java as one of the best growing programming languages. It was used to create well-known websites such as AirBnB, Pxlr, and Groupon.

It is a dynamic language that is easy to read as it looks like English. It is in fact so used to maintain code databases for high end websites that it can be relied upon by DevOps roles in order to ensure the reliability and efficiency of servers.

PHP

PHP is used by almost 80% of the world´s websites thanks to the widespread use of WordPress. Also, big websites such as Facebook and Wikipedia also use this programming language. PHP is known all over for its flexibility as it allows for the creation of all sorts of features to solve different problems.

PHP allows you to create dynamic, beautiful websites and applications; it may be used to create e-commerce websites, mobile apps, and content management systems. It is open source, making it easy for you to find useful resources.

These are the top 3 languages and their advantages to take into account when deciding on creating your own web, software or app developing project.

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