October 7, 2014 / In Uncategorized /
From Idea to App Store: The Application Development LifestyleAll app development is not created equal, but the process from idea to app store is generally the same within the program design community. Ready to take a digital dive into app development? Know that app discovery and programming moves almost like clockwork (give or take the occasional major delay), so you’d better start a timer on your smartphone and get ready for each of the following phases. Begin by outlining your project according to the parts of the application development lifecycle.The Planning or Ideating PhaseThis is more than just the “big idea” phase. You’ll need to take a holistic approach to outlining and brainstorming the components of your app. In this initial phase, you should be able to answer the Who, What, When, and Where of your app’s concept before you move onto the following phases — which are essentially the How. Here’s a breakdown of the questions you should ask of your app and your team:
- Who – Who is your target market? Who will use the app: individuals or businesses? You should first know who will download your app so you can style the user experience accordingly.
- What – What will your app do and what need will it satisfy? What are the most basic parts of its interface? What’s its genre or niche? The kind of app you’ll create will determine your design and development strategies.
- When – What is your timeline? When do you hope to release the app? The “When” of your app will decide the amount of time you’ll invest in the project over a given period.
- Where – Where will users find the app? Will it have cross-platform compatibility or will it be available for only one type of smartphone or device? Where the app ends up has a lot to do with programming.
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