Ionic 4: Should you Build a Hybrid App?



Is Ionic 4 right for your mobile app compared to Flutter, React Native, or Native Script? Get my opinion in this video and explore the changes the latest version of the framework. https://itnext.io/should-you-use-ionic-4-fa04daebaffd

– Ionic 4 Beta https://blog.ionicframework.com/announcing-ionic-4-beta/
– Flutter https://flutter.io/
– React Native https://facebook.github.io/react-native/

Mobile App Development Services

Companies from Fortune 500-size to startups use mobile applications to target customers, streamline their processes, provide a service or, increasingly, as the backbone of their own business. While there is currently a strong push for mobile-first (or even mobile-only) within the business ecosystem, there are a few things to consider before hiring the developer or writing the check.

Here are five things to consider before kicking off a mobile app project:

Identify your users: Is this app internally-facing or external (meaning customers will see it)? Who are the people using the app and what are the demographics? Who will serve as the admin who can add / delete users and data? Without drilling closely into this question, you might waste money building for what you think is your user and not who your real target audience is. Do not fall victim to this – early in the brainstorm process, get all key holders in a room for a discovery workshop to has out requirements and agree on direction.

Research your competition: If you are moving into a crowded space, building a matrix of your competitors can be very helpful in building an app of your own. Identify what you like and do not like about their applications – and why. Read their customer reviews and find out how users feel about the apps and what they are lacking. Then, see if that is something you can capitalize on.

What problem does my app solve? Maybe you are building an extension of your e-commerce website onto a mobile platform. Perhaps you want to take advantage of the features a phone provides like location, push notifications, and onsite photos in a new way. But beware – if your app is not going to enhance your existing business or present a unique interaction with users, really take some time to consider the money and time you are about to spend.

Native or Hybrid? For fast proof-of-concepts or simple data entry applications, a hybrid platform like Phonegap or Ionic might be the right choice. This option lets a development team save time by writing only one codebase that works for both iOS and Android. However, if you're envisioning a more complex app, considering spending the extra time for native development, meaning a different build for the different operating systems of iOS and Android. This allows the app to utilize the latest features of a native-only experience, such as Apple Pay, rich push notifications, Android Pay and TouchID. These all let the developer and client utilize the innovation happening in our pockets and purses. Furthermore, in general, native apps see better mobile behavior and research shows are more accepted by users. However, the cost and time to market difference may be worth a discussion.

Plan for post launch: Okay, you have a great idea and the plan is in place. What happens after you launch? How will you gather and respond user feedback? Who will make changes for incremental releases – the original build team or someone in-house? And realize that mobile phones change often, with new functionality added every few months. An app is different in that, unlike a website, you can not make changes on the fly. Setting a plan with a release schedule to add features, make changes and continuously provide a reason for users to open the app will help you be successful once you release your new mobile baby to the wild.


Build a Mobile App with Geolocation and Google Maps in 5 Minutes



This video shows how to build simple, yet real mobile app with Geolocation and Google Maps in 5 minutes

Build A Meditation App With Javascript HTML & CSS!



I am super excited to bring you another vanilla javascript project that we are going to build from scratch!

We will be creating a meditation/ambient sounds app that a user can enjoy by picking the amount of time to listen to and choose different ambient sounds.

We will take a look at working and manipulating music and video with javascript and how to build out a timer.
Feel free to add this project to your portofolio if you wish!

Lets build out a meditation app with html css and javascript!

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-Working with audio tag and video tag in HTML
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-Manipulating video with javascript
-Creating a javascript project for your portofolio

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10 Key Steps to Turn Your Mobile App Idea Into Reality

Many people and companies are coming up with new mobile app ideas to make it big in their field. They either want to reach a new audience or better serve their existing customers.However, people are reliably unaware of the steps or process needed to turn a mobile app idea into reality. Due to lack of ability and information among startups and established companies, most of them do not know how to go about shaping the app idea.

I have helped several companies build their mobile app. Here are the 10 key steps I have followed in my 6 years of experience. I believe that my list can help anyone from any industry get their mobile app idea turned into reality.

Step 1: Write down your feature list

Conceptualize your idea begins by taking some notes. Before doing anything, you should write whatever comes to your mind. Writing down the feature list on a piece of paper helps you focus on your idea and expand on it. I recommend writing your idea several times and in many ways. This list will also be helpful when you are discussing with your co-founders, designers, investors or developers; they all are going to ask for it. Note that you should have them sign an NDA before you share your feature list. Your feature list should be clean and easy to understand. Also make sure it has popular and unique features, which will play the major role in success of your product.

Step 2: Do the market research

After writing your strong list of features, you want to do market research to find the competition, trends and market needs. Make sure there are no similar apps in the market. If there are, find out their reviews, ratings, feedback, and what is missing in them. Add features in your app that would make it unique and more attractive to the audience. After doing market research, you should update your feature list.

Step 3: Identify the users / audience

It is very important to find who would use your app and who the audience would be for your product. Your users are from a particular industry, gender, region, age group, existing customers, income group, specific profession, or any other group. Once you identify some demographics about the audience, you can find out what people from these demographics prefer or like. Knowing your audience helps you re-engineer your app and the features in it to cater to them. Your whole project moves around user engagement. You can also conduct focus group studies to find out what your audience may like or dislike. Your audience will decide your product's success, and this insight from focus study can go a long way in defining product success.

Step 4: Identify the monetization strategy

Making money is the largest reward and energizes for your idea. You can make money from your app idea in several ways: subscription fee, in-app buy, in-app ads, user data, sponsorship. You want to know which one works for your app, audience and market. Launching a paid app does not work these days, but you can make the app free with in-app purchase option for more functions. In-app ads are also losing their shine these days due to user experience. Having user data is becoming a big monetization technique, as you can use it to make indirect money. You can find sponsorship for the app; this works for an app with a social mission. It is important for you to select 1 or 2 techniques that would give you good return on investment.

Step 5: Create a rough sketch / wire frame

You may not have done it before, or may not know how to do it. However, the rough sketch or wire frame helps you define the concept and refine the requirements of your product. You can draw a rough sketch using paper and pencil, while a wire frame can be created using online tools. When you start doing the sketch / wire frame, you will be able to polish your app idea and features list further. Also, this helps you decide the proper navigation of the application. You do not need technical skills for this step, but you need to have a common-sense understanding of how navigation works. Your wire frames, along with your feature list, will create very good specifications for you to build the mobile app.

Step 6: Approach local mobile app developers and get estimates

Once you have your first version of the feature list and wire frame, you want to start identifying sellers who can build your mobile app in a high-quality, cost-effective way. You should search for local vendors and some global vendors and reach out to them. Once you shortlist 5 to 6 good vendors, have them sign the NDA and send them the project details. A good vendor should check your details and ask you lots of questions. You should make sure to answer them in detail so that your idea is fully communicated. A good vendor should also be able to give you some suggestions to improve your idea. You should receive proposals from multiple vendors, with time and cost for development, and compare them. You should check the vendors on past performance, process, price, time, testimonial and their eagerness to work for you. Finally, you should be able to select one vendor and start working with them.

Step 7: Complete the UI / UX

Once you have selected the company, you should work with them to create the UI / UX of the app. You should have them first create the detailed wire frame of the application so that you can visualize each screen, function and flow of the application. After review, you can decide to add or remove features. Once the wire frame is complete, you want them to create the visual design of the application. It should give the color, theme, fonts and visual appeal for your idea. This step will give you a near-final picture of what your mobile app would look like and how it would flow. After completing it, have your vendor reevaluate the development plan, time and cost. If the first estimate of time / cost has increased, get more funding or cut some of the features. You want to pay the right value to your mobile app developer.

Step 8: Get the app developed and tested

Have your app developer start building the app for you. They should be able to send you the app (in progress) every week and you should be able to test and give them feedback. It is very essential for you to QA the app as they develop it, as this helps you control the quality, cost and timeline, and learn wherever the mobile app needs some tweaks. You can involve your friends in the testing as well. If you come up with new sets of features during the development, discuss those with your app developer and get the time and cost estimate. If it fits your budget, get it done right away. If not, wait for the next phase.

Step 9: Launch the app and market it

Once you are satisfied with the app, launch it in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. You should also start marketing the app. Get some consulting from experts on app marketing. You can also do self-marketing. Start on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as this is an easy way to spread the word about the app. You should also reach out to reporters and bloggers who may be interested in your app and write about it. A press release on free sites or a paid site can be very handy. If you have more in your budget, you can hire a PR or app marketing company.

Step 10: Gather market response and prepare for the next phase

After the first launch and marketing, you can collect user data, market response and demand. If you receive a good response, you can plan the next phase for the app. Repeat Step 1 through 9 for the next phase. This time, you should be able to do them a lot faster and more efficiently. If the app is not received well in the market, find out what is hampering growth and have a plan of action.


Build Your First Web App



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In part 1, begin with an overview of design thinking for technology and web development basics. Get set up with the tools you need to start building for the web. Learn from industry professionals about the everyday work of a software product manager, define user requirements for your product, start designing interfaces for your app, and much more. Create the foundation for what you’ll learn in Build Your First Web App – Part 2.

In part 2, add to the foundation from Build Your First Web App – Part 1. Get a practical walk-through of the process, as you find out how to build webpages using HTML, style webpages using CSS, and handle browser behavior using JavaScript. Plus, build a web back end using Node.js, store app data using a SQL database, and deploy your app using Azure.

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10 tips to build an app for billions of users



With a billion new users expected online by 2017, there’s a huge opportunity to grow your business. The Google Play Developer Console has many features that can help you grow your app or game business, and in this video you’ll find 10 tips that will help you get started and build an app or game for billions of users:

0:25 — Speak your users language, in your app and on the Play store
1:10 — Deliver the right content and features
1:35 — Allow for slow and intermittent data connections
2:09 — Accommodate low end devices and smaller screens
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2:44 — Optimize for less phone memory and shorter battery life
3:18 — Consume only the data you need to
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4:13 — Grow your audience with app promotion
4:56 — Engage and support your users locally

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How to Build an App for the Google Assistant



FYI: API.AI changed its name to Dialogflow!

Apps for the Google Assistant are the gateway for your users to engage with your services through Google Home, Android phones, iPhones, and in the future, through every experience where the Google Assistant is available.

In this video, @greenido shows you how to use API.AI and build an assistant app in less than 10 minutes.

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Web Application Development Tools – What You Need To Create Your First App

Do you have an idea for a web app, but do not have the programming knowledge or the budget to hire a developer? In this article, we'll discuss the main tools you'll need to build the first version of your app. You do not need to be an expert, but you do need to learn the basics.

To start with, you need an application stack. What's that? It's the main software that will power your app. Most people use the LAMP stack. This stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

Linux is the operating system and Apache is the web server. You do not have to know much about these to build a basic web app. Just know that you'll need them.

MySQL is the Database Management System (DMS). This is where you'll store your user's data. Do not worry if you do not know what this is. Just keep in mind that you'll need to learn the basics of MySQL – at least how to create a database and user.

PHP is the server-side programming language. You use this to create the business logic for your app. You do not have to be a programming expert, but you do need to know the basics. You do not have to program everything from scratch though. Instead, make use of a PHP application framework, such as CodeIgniter. This lets you concentrate on creating the specific code for your app, instead of the low-level code that's included in every web app.

LAMP is your basic application stack, but you also need to know some other technologies. One is HTML5 / CSS3. These let you create your user interface. Again, you do not have to be an expert to start building your web app. You just need to know the basics.

But you do not want to create your user interface from scratch. There is no reason to do that. You should use a front-end framework, such as Bootstrap. This is a library of user interface elements, such as forms, tables, alerts, and more. You can use this framework to make your app look professional.

You can build a web app using just these technologies, but if you want to build a better, more modern app, you should also learn JavaScript (a client-side programming language) as well as some JavaScript libraries, such as jQuery.

These will make your app look more like a desktop app, which people expect these days. Again, it's not necessary, but you can learn the basics of these technologies to really take your app to the next level.

No doubt this sounds like a lot of work. But you do not have to become an expert in all these technologies to create your first web app. Just spend a couple days on each technology, and then start creating your app. If you need to learn something else, you can pick it up as you go.


Swift – Build Your First App in 30 minutes – For Beginners – Music Player



**Source code updated for Swift 4.2**

In the first video of my Swift Beginner Series, you will build your first iOS App in Swift in 30 minutes in Xcode. Together, we will build a basic music player app that will play random songs from your iTunes library filtered by whatever genre you like.

If you’re just starting out learning Swift, go ahead and subscribe. More Beginner videos are on the way!

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