Hot Tips That Will Skyrocket Cross-Platform Development Results!

Serge, Web developer - May 18, 2015
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Application development is not an easy task to do, especially if you are trying to satisfy everybody with just one solution. Did you know that almost every enterprise in the US has a backlog of 10-15 applications? And one single app may take several month to a year or even more before it’s released. Sounds like quite a time period, right?

Taking things slow decreases return on investments and revenues but you can’t just speed burst through the development process. You do have other concerns like security, performance, usability, etc. to worry about. Meeting up to deadlines is hard, especially if you are only developing apps in-house. However there are several nice practices that we use, which may boost your cross-platform development cycle if used wisely.

Don’t!

Simply don’t go for cross-platform solutions from the start if User experience is your primary priority. It’s not that all cross-platform apps will be bad in such cases, no. But you can’t just rush with this decision. Consider Native apps first, go through your requirements and resources you are willing to invest in development. If you are willing to port a native app to a different platform usability will be of your greatest concern, not functionality. After all you will prove users with better interfaces, common navigation and gestures they are already used to. And porting native apps reduces code bloat not mentioning that a decent team of developers + a native approach = fully met expectations.

Move towards hybrid apps

Pure cross-platform HTML5 apps are amazing, however in most cases the mobile app has exactly the same functionality as your website, hence wrapping everything tidily with usage of solutions like Apache Cordova or PhoneGap will be a really fast way towards your goal realization. And user experience will not suffer if your team is skilled and experienced and their strong sides are JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Your helpful native plug-ins will additional enable more required functionality this way.

Use appropriate tools

There are plenty of amazing tools available today. But there are lots of options for a reason: most tools are great with one kinds of a task and are horrible with everything else. Make sure all tools your teams will be using are designed to add value to exact mobile platforms you are targeting at.

Documentation is your panacea!

It’s strange for me, as a developer to say this, but documentation is truly our everything, and there is no point to debate on this matter. Especially if things go the cross-platform way. If you develop such mobile solutions you either document everything good or you will end up with a failed project.

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