Coding and testing your app brings your app to life. This is a part of new series follows the process of developing a custom consumer facing app we are building and what the overall process would look like to build a custom app for your business or organization. If you would like to read the first post, click here.
An App Comes to Life
Once the first two phases of an app development project are completed and the overall scope is clearly defined, we will then proceed with coding and internal testing of your app. We classify our internal testing as the alpha build and we’ll proceed to make the app prototype come to life. Once we are completed with our internal testing, we’ll open the app up to users outside our organization. Depending on the app, it may be good to get feedback from of your customers before releasing the app publicly. The final destination of your app will determine the next steps we take after the initial coding has completed. If you are simply distributing to Devices within your own organization, the testing process is much quicker and we can proceed to deployment as soon as the app is working as it needs to. If you are looking to submit your app to Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store, And more rigorous set of testing needs to be completed to ensure that your app adheres to the guidelines of those stores.
What Does App Coding Process Look Like?
#1- Refining The User Experience
A prototype can give you a good idea of what the user experience of the app will be like but once the app is living on your phone, this is when you can really get a handle of how the app performs. Things like button sizes and how screens change may be something that needs to change.
#2 – Device Compatibility Issues
With our internal testing, we test the latest and most common devices within the iOS and Android ecosystems. While most devices are fairly standardized, we may find specific issues on a device that needs to be addressed. A public beta utilizing some of your actual customers would be a good idea apps that are destined to be consumer facing customer apps. We’ll be touching on this in our next post.
#3 – App Store Rejection
App Store rejections by Apple are a thing to consider and plan for as a part of your overall app development. We work hard to minimize common rejections in the planning phase of your app.
A Solid App Prototype is Key
All of these issues can be minimized with a solid start in research and planning, followed by a robust app prototype. Problems identified in this phase may require an additional prototype before proceeding with the coding process. The more problems that arise could change the scope or push back the overall timeline of the app launch.
Apps take lots of planning and require a lot of technologies to be in place within your organization before proceeding with the design and development. Our first phase of our app development projects is a planning process that helps takes your app idea into something more defined and what that distribution method should be. We also lay out what business requirements are needed to be in place before proceedings to the next phase of the app project. Business requirements include internal processes that are needed as well as technologies that need to implemented.