Our lead mobile app developer at KodeHauz, Ikechukwu, takes time out to lay out a path for upcoming mobile app developers.

Here are insightful things he mentioned on the subject matter.

Mobile apps are more popular than ever and there’s no denying it. Being a mobile app developer is a seemingly interesting and lucrative career path, but one needs to know how to go about it.

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Below are some ways to kick off your career as a mobile app developer.

1. Choose One Major Platform

The major platforms in the mobile app development world are Android, iOS, and Windows. There are others too like Symbian and Blackberry RIM, but you already know not to go for it.

So, either you can go for all the three major platforms, or you can choose one.

Thus, the first action is choosing the platform of your choice. Once you have control over one, you can expand your horizons to include other app development technologies too.

2. Get the Required Training and Education

Getting a formal training and education in software development processes is indeed required.

A degree in computer science and software engineering is a good foundation because it helps you get a grasp on key concepts of data structuring, designing, and programming.

But even if you have passed the graduation age and still struggling where to begin with, you can opt for online courses. There are several web platforms that offer online courses specifically in app development, of which we have the likes of Udemy, Coursera, PluralSight, e.t.c.

3. Master These Three Areas

Like any other discipline, app development requires you to take a stronghold on fundamentals. Here, the three core concepts are mobile user interface design, programming, and business expertise.

Mobile user interface design:

It all starts with the design. There are beginners who complain when asked to learn the intricacies of the interface. But that’s the core of an app. Being able to code an interface sets a launchpad for your career growth trajectory.

Programming­­:

It’s not the programming language that matters the most. It’s your ability to make logic and translate those algorithms into efficient codes. The person who knows how programming works can pick up any language he wants.

You should have knowledge of programming if you want to develop a mobile app.

However, you still need to learn a few languages to make it work.

1. Classic object-oriented programming language: Java, Kotlin, C++, Objective C. For iOS, Apple’s own programming language Swift is also being widely accepted by app development companies.

Practising is very important to keep your skills sharp. If you learn something but don’t end up practising regularly, you might forget. This is why one should constantly practise coding, programming, and even development.

2. Front end: HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript

Business expertise:

Business expertise? Yes, business expertise!

Missing a few fundamentals can work. They can be strengthened. But you should always try to understand the business cases of an app.

To be frank, that’s where the money revolves. You must know how to monetize an app. Or how to put fences within an app after which a user has to pay to use the app. Or how to make users spend more time on the app.

4. Practice Your Skills

Practising is very important to keep your skills sharp. If you learn something but don’t end up practising regularly, you might forget. This is why one should constantly practise coding, programming, and even development.

Here’s are some steps you can use to organize your practice sessions

Step 1: – Come up with an app idea

If you already have an app idea, start developing now. Look for apps already in the market and see if you can build a prototype.

The first step in developing an app idea is to look for a problem that people are facing in daily life and list them on a sheet. Find out how your app could resolve that problem and shortlist the one which makes more sense.

Step 2: – Detail down your app idea onto paper

This step will clearly help you understand how users will navigate your app, as well as it will help you figure out the features of your app that will help you in building a good user interface design.

Step 3: – Hire or collaborate with the people that can help you!

You cannot develop an app on your own from start to finish. You will need someone by your side that can guide or even help you in your app development process.

So, if you need any help, consider hiring people according to your need or collaborate with the people that can help you.

Step 4: – Test your app

Once your app development part is over, go for the testing part because new apps always have a bug. Have your friend test it for you, see where the bugs are, and fix them.

Step 5: – Convert it to other platforms

Once you have learned how to develop an app in one platform, try to convert that app on other platforms. Because different platforms have different requirements.

So, with each platform, you come to know about the different requirements and the problems of the platforms that will help you in the future app development process.

5. Apply for Internship

How amazing it will be if you could make your apps with an established app company. It’s not just that, you will be earning.

The best part of an app development internship is you learn the processes by which a project is organized and implemented. You also get to work on projects throughout the app development cycle.

An internship also serves as the recommendation of your first job as an app developer. So once you’re ready, log in to LinkedIn and start applying for intern positions.

Conclusion

Becoming a mobile app developer from scratch is a long journey. You need to feel motivated every day to sit on your laptop and fall in love with the world of apps.

If you are truly inspired to become a mobile app developer and want to see your app on over 1 billion devices, then this long journey will not bother you.

 

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