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5 Ways to Speed Up Your Mobile App Development Process

How do you speed up mobile app development?  Here are 5 Ways.It seems to be the unchanging rule for mobile app development: Any project you undertake will take far longer than you want and waste too much of your time. But it needn’t be that way. There are surprisingly simple ways you can use to cut the time it takes to write mobile apps and put them into use more quickly. The TechTarget blog post “How to avoid wasting time in a mobile app development project,” has great advice on how to do it.

The blog’s first tip is to choose the right development environment. The writer defines that as “everything necessary to build and deploy an app, from the coding language to the development and deployment tools.” The blog advises spending a good deal of time deciding on your choice, because it will ripple through every part of the development cycle, from design to coding to deployment.

Next, be clear about each project’s focus. The blog writer’s advice: “Everyone needs to understand why they're creating the app and which problems they're trying to solve. Prototyping can clarify an app's focus and facilitate communication between participants.” He also advises that developer should “carefully balance agility with rigidity.” Agility is needed to adapt to good input and changing needs, but if a project is too open-ended and subject to endless input, it may never get done.

His third piece of advice is that developers pay close attention to their coding practices, particularly not wasting time on “rewriting code that already exists for common features such as JSON parsing or network calls.”

The fourth tip is that developers carefully focus on the user experience, because if they don’t, they’ll spend much more time later on fixing issues with it. He warns, “A poor UX can decrease user performance and productivity and cause the user to give up on the app altogether. If the app is inconsistent, unresponsive, too complex or difficult to navigate, developers will have to fix or replace it, resulting in duplicated and wasted efforts.”

Finally, he writes, solid quality assurance is a must: “The sooner developers can identify and correct bugs and other issues, the more successful the deployment and the shorter the development process will be. Developers should rigorously test and review each app using manual and automated UI testing as appropriate. Developers should also heed user feedback whenever it is available.”

What’s the Best Development Platform For Speeding the Mobile App Development Process?

If you want to follow the blog’s advice, you’ll need the best app development platform. Alpha Software’s low code/no code rapid mobile application development (RMAD) platform lets programmers and citizen developers write apps quickly, and quickly deploy them. Because of its low code/no code approach, you can iterate versions quickly, so it best meets user needs. And the Alpha TransForm technology enables savvy business domain experts and IT departments to work together to quickly and effectively digitize business processes and deliver tangible business impact. It lets line-of-business experts build mobile apps using their insight regarding workflow needs and efficiencies, while simultaneously enabling IT to control data integration with systems of record, and data security compliance.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.