4 Things You Need To Become A Mobile App Developer

by | May 9, 2012 | Mobile Technology

Since the smartphone first took computing world from the office and desktop and placed it in the palm of people’s hands, smartphone computing has grown dramatically. While on the move, people are now doing the exact same things on their phone as they did on their PCs and laptops. Each smartphone comes in an array of apps to create a better computing experience. With hundreds of apps available to download, more and more businesses or individuals are developing mobile apps in order to ride the rapidly growing market. But sometimes people get lost in all of the things happening and forget the most essential part…

Look inside yourself first and ask these questions…

Am I ready? (to become a mobile app developer)

(If I’m ready) Where do I start?…

What are the things that I will need?…

What you need boils down to 4 things:

1. Hardware

If you’re serious about doing mobile app development then you are going to need the right tools. This means getting some serious hardware in order to create those great mobile app ideas into reality.

Faster processing speed..

Bigger memory..

Bigger storage..

the better.

2. Software

The next thing that you need is the tools used to make mobile apps.

For iPhone apps you will need to get iOS SDK. The easiest way to get these tools is to buy them from the Mac App Store.  The app that you need is called Xcode. When you buy and install Xcode you will get iOS SDK as part of the package.

Xcode is like a word processor for iOS code. Xcode comes with a code editor for Objective-C which is the programming language used for iOS and Mac apps. You will also get an editor called Interface Builder that you use to compose your app’s user interface. Interface Builder is a drag and drop solution so you don’t even need to write any computer code to make this work. You will use Xcode for pretty much everything that you need to do to make iOS apps and Xcode runs only on Macs.

For Android apps you will need to get Android SDK. You can get these tools from Android Developer SDK. The Android software development kit includes a comprehensive set of development tools. These include a debugger, libraries, a handset emulator based on QEMU, documentation, sample code, and tutorials. The officially supported Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is Eclipse using the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin, though you may use any text editor to edit Java and XML files then use command line tools (Java Development Kit and Apache Ant are required) to create, build and debug Android applications as well as control attached Android devices.

3. Software Development Skills

The apps that you see are made of two things: content (pictures, music, movies, information) and code (the stuff that makes everything work).  Your apps will need content and code.  There are plenty of programs to help you create content but to make it all work you will need code and that means you need software development skills.

Generally speaking, software developer needs these skills: logical problem solving, creative building, and programming skills. One key thing that you really really need is programming. The trick with programming is learning how it works and using the tools that are available to you.

How To Get Software Development Skills

The fastest way to get up to speed on mobile app development is to register for Mobile Development Training here at FastTrack IT Academy. We offer Android SDK Training and iOS Development Training. Both courses are 10 day classroom and hands-on training program using the best practices and patterns available.

4. Creativity

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. – Steve Jobs

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