Shifting From Web Development to Mobile App Development — Information That You Should Know

Have you decided to switch from web development to mobile app development?

Yes!

In this blog, you can find huge information on shifting from web development to mobile development that will help you in your task!

With the advancement of smart-phones, mobile devices become a prominent platform over traditional desktop computers.

Gradually, the smartphone market is overtaking the PC’s market as more and more number of people prefer to use smartphone than PC for any search.

However, tablet computers are also looking to overtake the sales of PC this year, and smart-phone sales may reach 776,000,000 units.

In addition to this, the mobile trend does not seem to be stopped as maximum number of people have a device that has an Internet connection. Last year in 2014, more than 30% of all web traffic came from mobiles and that number is expanding day-by-day.

What a Web Developer is doing?

If you are a professional web developer, you might feel that you are left behind if you are not updating your proficiency to include mobile. Now-a-days, responsive web design is also playing a vital role as it is a great solution for mobile.

Today, every single businessmen is looking to get one and various new multi-million dollar valued startups are based on them. However, it is also true that shifting from web development to mobile app development is a quite challenging task.

Let’s Discuss About the Solutions

When it comes to developing mobile applications, there are some of the very few paths. Choosing that which path is for you is mainly depend upon your goals, development environment and background. Mainly, there are three different options if you want to submit applications to the app stores and you can also have those apps installed natively on a users’ device:

  • Native iOS Development with Objective C or Swift
  • Native Android development with Java
  • Cross-platform HTML5 mobile development with PhoneGap

If you are interested about the mobile app trend, I would say that ask yourself the following questions that can help you to determine which approach you should take:

What’s Your Development Environment?

Which environment do you prefer — Are you looking forward to developing on a Windows computer or a Mac? Looking to purchase a Mac for development task?

What Kind of Applications do you really want to make?

Looking forward at making business style apps? Or Do you want to make apps like Facebook and Instagram? Or 3D games and processor intensive apps?

Which Skills and Proficiency Do You Have?

Have a strong web development background? Are you familiar with JavaScript? Or You have knowledge about languages like C and Java.

Which Approach You Should Select?

With in-depth information and knowledge about your goals and preferences in developing mobile applications, let’s have a look at different options that would match your needs:

1. HTML5/PhoneGap For iOS and Android

Today, you would find a lot of HTML5 mobile frameworks such as jQuery Mobile and Snecha Touch, which can be combined with PhoneGap in order to develop perfect mobile applications, which work on both Android and iOS without any hassle.

Through this approach, it becomes easily possible to get native app files, which can be installed on a device and distribute through application stores just like a normal natively built apps. The below mentioned approach is for you with the consideration to the questions above:

  • If you came from a professional web development background and looking for a simple change to mobile.
  • If you are developing on a Windows computer and looking forward to developing iOS apps (a Mac can also be used with this approach).
  • If you are looking for developing business style apps.

However, it is also true that this approach comes with some of the limitations when it compares to a standard native approach. Making use of this approach while shifting from web development to mobile development can make changes a lot simpler. Previously, performance problems stopped HTML5 from being viable option.

2. Objective C / Swift for iOS

By developing a right native application, users will get an access to absolutely everything as the device will offer them and may be it is a good option if you wanted to include the latest technologies and want rich quality for 3D games. The drawback of the course is that either you have to develop two separate applications for the main platforms — one for iOS and one for Android or users can take one platform over the other one. However, Native iOS development is one such path that you should take if you:

  • Have hands-on experience and knowledge about C-based programming languages, or a general programming background.
  • Are developing a Mac
  • Want no rules and regulations in the types of apps that you can develop.

3. Java For Android

When it comes to talking this approach, it comes with the some considerations as the earlier. It is the only matter of deciding that whether you are looking for developing Android or iOS. It also seems that developers have a lot simpler time making money from iOS apps, but Android has a dominating market share of 61.9% in the US, which looks to be growing.

From Where Should I Get Started?

No matter what your choice is as there are lots of mobile application development tutorials and books obtainable. Usually, most of the people are doing mobile development with Snecha Touch and PhoneGap. If you are also able to give a look at the Snecha Touch and PhoneGap documentation and search the Internet for various of free tutorials.

Objective C / Swift for iOS

However, if you do not come from the background in Objective-C with the recent introduction of Swift, probably it will be best for you to start with that. However, if you have decided to go the Objective-C route, they also have a course on how to develop your first application. You may also like to check out programming in Objective-C if you are more into books.

Java For Android

Of course, you can easily check out the Getting Started guide on the Android developer website and a team treehouse that have a course on developing a simple android application. If you made a decision about that which path is right for you, you can share your views by commenting below and let us know that what you are trying to get.

Stay connected with us to get more information on mobile app development solutions. However, you can also hire a professional web or mobile app developer, who can help you out in shifting from web to mobile.


Originally published at blogs.perceptionsystem.com.

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