Mobile Application Development

Truly effective mobile application development (MAD) delivers apps and content that stand on their own - and are not just warmed-over Web pages. Top mobile application developers write apps specifically to leverage the flexibility and features of mobile devices.

Mobile app development presents unique challenges: not just different operating systems and devices, but also display sizes and on device features. Getting your beautiful app to run flawlessly on all devices within the required schedule can be a major headache. Here are a few suggestions we hope will help.

What kind of mobile app?

Native, Web, or hybrid: There is no perfect answer: all have advantages and disadvantages, and your selection may limit your development tool options later.

Native apps: Write your app using the programming language and interface for a specific operating system and device. This may deliver best performance, but requires a different (costly) version for each OS.

Web apps: Most new devices use a Web browser to deliver mobile "look and feel." This supports most devices, but often cannot access mobile device features, such as a camera or contact list.

Hybrid apps: A compromise between native and Web. You write in industry-standard Web programming languages, such as HTML5 and JavaScript, then package in a natively installable format for app store distribution. Save costs with code reuse.

Select your mobile application development platform

Integration: Software teams need a mobile application development platform to manage collaboratively through the product lifecycle, with linking of development artifacts.

Agile development: Short, multiple iterations can help keep you on track. Ideally you will have an integrated software versioning control system to automatically update the change set.

Update sharing: Change sets should be shared among team members before being fully integrated with the main code stream to ensure seamless matching.