Process of developing an application
In our articles, we try to indoctrinate our readers and clients with different aspects of our work. Whether it is more technical issues or questions related to the organization of the workflow or management, we try to go into all the important topics to keep our processes transparent and clear to our customers.
In this article, we would like to go into the process of developing an application. After all, we just gathered here to make interesting and high-quality projects, right? Application development cycle is funny and ambiguous. If it is possible to express so in the process of creation of a ready product. This is due to the reasons for which we sometimes have to rebuild our workflow. But let’s talk about the most frequent cases.
Since our company specializes more in mobile development, this article will be about Android, iOS, and Agile. Sit back comfortably, today there will be a lot of text, technical facts, and other things. But it will be interesting, so “stay tuned”. Let’s begin!
Mobile software development lifecycle
The beginning of the project is sometimes the most difficult part and a starting point of any development. From small single-screen applications to whole complex architectures using servers, databases, encryption algorithms and other things. Everything has its beginning.
At this stage, our managers begin communicating with the client in order to clarify all the details, as much as possible. Why is this important? Read our article about the specification requirements, a question described in more details, with all sorts of reasoning and conclusions. The article is from those that sometimes need to be re-read even by the managers themselves, so I recommend that.
In short, this is done to achieve the desired result in order to make the product as much as you would like it to be.
So, what do we get after the successful execution of this case? Ideally, it is an excellent specification that does not require edits and allows to proceed with the next steps in product development. But in real life, it does not always happen that way. However, as I said above – you can read about this issue in another article. But this is in case if the were no previous specifications.
If the document was created before, then instead of compiling it begins its discussions and editing. In order to bring it in such way that it was clear to both the client and the team.
Some kind of User Story
The process of app development continues with the steps of analysis, our favorite part. Why? Because without analysis it’s impossible to carry out any project. Well, it’s possible to develop, but whether it will be enough for a positive result – unlikely.
At this stage, we try to determine precisely main goals of the application and the target audience, and also to anticipate their possible interactions with the future product. Further, it is made out in the likeness of a plan (though more likely a branched algorithm with many steps).
Prototyping and / or design
As no application can exist without at least some user interface (not counting console applications. But they also need an interface although), so no development can exist without the prototyping and design phase.
By the way, we also wrote about this earlier, for more details about difference between wireframe and mockup, click the link please.
Before the direct creation of design and coding goes the process of splitting the application into screens and simple wireframing. This is done to make the application work more simply, both for the customer and for the team. Thus, you can quickly change blocks by “adding” or “deleting” functions and connections between them, without having to rewrite the code or change the design.
And finally, it turns out an interactive guide of the application for the customer, designers, and developers.
Great, we finally got close to the most interesting – to the process of direct development. As I wrote earlier, it’s about developing for Android and iOS. Are there any differences between these platforms? Of course, and it’s not even so much about the openness of the platform and the “secrecy” of the other. More differences can be found in the approaches to developing and optimizing for specific devices, the use of various tools. Are these differences significant? Not within this article, let’s assume that development for different platforms does not have special differences. In addition to the development time, it is worth noting that writing an application for android can take up to 20-30% more time.
You may not believe, but we have an article about it! If you want to see comparison of android and ios development, you can safely follow the link.
After the approval of all the previous cases, our managers initiate the development. At this stage, both the coding of the application itself and its backend (if necessary) and the creation of its graphical user interface. More often, to save time, these steps go in parallel, but options are possible.
Since we are striving for maximum productivity and reducing the delivery time, the whole development process is divided into sprints. Of course, this is done according to a previously approved plan, so that the customer is easier to monitor and control the work on the project. As a whole, and separately for each item.
Creating a quality product requires constant and scrupulous quality control, without this point you can not even talk about the application as a finished product. To avoid bugs and errors, our specialists monitor the quality of the developing software at all stages.
It might seem common, but then the final product is delivered to the customer. Also, for example, if it is really necessary, we can publish the applications in different stores. But it would be too easy, right? We, here in Erminesoft, we do not just send the product to freewheeling. We, like real parents, before releasing the young bird from the nest, give it a lot of advice. Because we want that the products we develop always be on top!
Steps to creating an app
The other steps to creating an app can be described in the list below:
1. Idea – we do not doubt that you can come up with an amazing idea. Moreover – we are sure in it! Therefore, the first step is to invent or form an ingenious idea;
2. Contact us to discuss details, we are always glad to new ideas and interesting projects!
I’m kidding, but jokes are half-meant. We are really always open to cooperation, so if you have any questions, feel free to communicate.
App development process is the art of creating a complete and complex product. Like an artist who shapes an idea, prepares the right canvas, chooses the type of paints needed. Then he prepares the right palette and starts to work, doing certain strokes, creating new drawings and techniques for painting and mixing paints. No, I do not want to say that it’s necessary to reinvent the wheel every time, you can use ready ones, getting an excellent result. I just talked about the fact that in our company we try to find the right approach to each project individually. After all, it is impossible to create a masterpiece without getting dirty in the paint.
So, what have we sorted out today? In fact, not so much, because the process of creating an app can vary from project to project. Although its main elements remain unchanged. Someone may find that this is a bit uninteresting, but I assure you, when you receive the finished application, you will not remain indifferent. Why? Because for us the process of creating an app is every time a special occasion to do something wonderful or to test our skills. With each new project in our team, one developer is becoming happy. Joking, In fact – the whole team is delighted!