PS works as a full-stack developer, specialized in e-commerce and mobile app development.
Development of the app is a tedious task involving financial investment, time and efforts. In most of the cases, you will require some amount to start a marketing campaign to spread a word about your app.
The best way to make your app highly cost-effective is to reduce development time. There is no denial in the fact that time is money, so long you take time to develop your app, the more it is going to incur expenses.
Here are some tips on how to reduce the development cycle to maximize your overall profit:
1. Cross-Platform App Development
Using cross-platform tools will reduce your app development time to half as it simply means, “code once, run anywhere”. These are great tools to make your app flexible enough to run across multiple mobile platforms with no extra coding and debugging and in fact, using the same codebase.
Here is the list of the most popular cross-platform development tools and some effective techniques to give a robust and faster mobile app:
Xamarin is the most popular development tool of all, used for building apps for Android, Windows and iOS with same codebase i.e. C#, .NET, and VS(Visual Studio) IDE. The apps build using this tool have system hardware and system specific APIs, which is compatible with every platform. Moreover, the usage of Xamarin Forms provides access to UI toolkit, which can be used on multiple platforms. It gives the application the same UI feel irrespective of the platform it is running on.
You need to download Visual Studio configured with Xamarin tools to get started.
b. Flutter SDK
Developed by Google, Flutter SDK is relatively new, yet it is preferred by lots of Android developers to expand their app to other platforms such as iOS.
The widgets are designed as per Material Design(Android) and Cupertino(iOS) guidelines. So, you have the advantage of creating a single user interface to run on both platforms.
As I said before the tool is pretty new, it currently supports only iOS and Android and offers limited support. The tool is based on Dart programming language, make sure you try your hands on this language before building your apps on Flutter SDK.
Though Dart had an image of not-so-good programming language. With the release of Flutter SDK, things have changed noticeably.
If you wish to try this tool, then go for it because it includes every feature that you need.
Other similar cross-platform tools are PhoneGap, NativeScript, Ionic Framework and many more.
2. Create an MVP
MVP, i.e. Minimum Viable Product, includes the core functionality of every app you build. MVP is an important aspect of every app development. So, make sure to create one along with the main project.
With the help of MVP, the further development of apps becomes faster and have fewer chances of errors. One startup company created more than six products within six months through the MVP strategy.
As soon as you are done with your very first MVP, start gathering feedback to release better MVP next time. Thus, you will get maximum return benefits by delivering the features that your user desires in the least amount of time.
In the worst case possible, your MVP may observe that the app has no scope in the market, but this is the biggest advantage of all as it is preventing any further wastage of resources and help you put on your guards to build something better.
3. Agile Development
Agile is all about “smart work”, which prefers short release development cycles, instant deliveries and an instant MVP technique to application development.
By following agile guidelines, you have the ongoing review from your client or users, which will save you time and correct mistakes before getting done with the project. This will ensure that your app doesn’t contain any unwanted feature.
Wireframe means to evaluate your design before actually coding it. It is the low-level visual representation of your final app’s UI design. Through wireframes, you have the option to decide the right design and structure for your app. This is quite a time-saving technique as it reduces the chances of any further discussion about the look and feel of the app, giving you enough time to write optimized code.
This is a very important part, especially when you are working with a team to generate a commonly understood language among all your team members. Consequently, it helps to avoid any chances of misunderstandings and further conflicts on the design issues.
To create a wireframe, you just need a pen and paper and then sketch your thoughts. You also have the option to create it digitally using various software available online as well as offline such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Powerpoint, MockFlow, Balsamiq and wireframe.cc.
5. Automated Testing
Automated Testing is used for running multiple tests within a short time to give early feedback about the app or software. The traditional methods of testing are pretty time-consuming, this is where automated or vigorous testing helps to build a high-quality application. Unlike traditional ones, the automated test takes a few minutes to test the complete scenario as it has the potential to simultaneously test the various methods at the same time.
Best-Automated testing software is known to be Appium. Appium has a robust automation framework built for Android, iOS, and Windows. The app can be tested without compiling its code again and again. It has cross-platform features as well.
Besides Appium, Calabash is another tool that can integrate with Xamarin Test Cloud. It is free and available to work with Visual Studio IDE.
6. Code Reviews
Code and quality assurance reviews are an essential route to have successful app development. According to a research conducted to analyze quality assurance requirement by SmartBear, it is reported that a company managed to save $150K through effective reviews. This helped them spent no money on bug fixes.
7. Third Party Assets
There is no use in wasting time to reinvent the wheel. There are heck lot of trustworthy websites that provide you with ready-made plugins which can be added to mobile projects as well as code. These can deliver a high-quality product without increasing development cycle time. For example, the Unity Asset Store is one such third party asset that includes a variety of productivity tools to help you build up a robust mobile game. Another such example is Adventure Creator.
If you need a helping hand, then there are plenty of options available to help your work get done within no time. You can hire a contractor or a freelancer or contact a development agency to help you build a specific part of your app.
PS Tavishi (author) from India on April 28, 2019:
Hi Davinder, thank you for reading the article.
I have recently started using Adobe XD. Earlier, I was designing mockups with wireframe.cc. I prefer Xamrin for development (MVVM model). I consider Jenkins a great tool for CI, have been using it for years.
Dav Vendator from Amritsar on April 28, 2019:
Good job there. I personally prefer first going for live mockup of application developed in Adobe XD or similar and then choosing development model (mostly MVVM) and then actual coding.
I would love to know your insights on CI.
Again great work.