Choosing the best Mobile App Development Tools is always a challenge. Apart from the straight forward basic development tools like XCode for iOS development from Apple, there are a number of other tools to consider if you are serious about mobile apps.
Xcode 8 and Xcode 9
Xcode is the cornerstone for iOS mobile app development. Published and maintained by Apple, this tool is has everything to get a project going. Their latest version Xcode 8 includes everything one needs to create amazing apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The IDE features a visual designer to ensure your layouts mimic exact device displays.
Further their cross-device auto-layout modes allow programmers to design once and publish across multiple devices with great ease and simplicity. Of course, as things become complex Xcode is powerful enough to allow one to get creative.
Xcode’s iOS Simulator is one of the best tools to perform 90+% of tests and validations. This tool allows almost all types of tests except hardware integration testing or device to device communication testing. Simulator (Watch) allows Apple Watch testing. One can launch a number of simulators to test all device form-factors.
Every mobile app will have static picture and images. Even if you don’t have large number of images, use ImageOptim to optimize images before including them in your build. Even if
you compress by 25%, you save download time which can mean “not losing” customer who want to use your app. Consider this – Compression of 25% can save over 1 to 2 seconds. This simple tool greatly helps develop great mobile apps.
One thing is certain – sooner or later you are going to make mistakes or some catastrophe is going to strike your code. So be prepared and save yourself trouble, frustration and time to recover your lost work. We highly recommend using online (or a central repository) source code control software.
PromoMyApp (OK this is the 6th)
DISCLAIMER: This is a Sunvera Software platform to promote mobile apps.
Once you have a mobile app, the biggest challenge it to promote it to your audience. PromoMyApp takes
the content from your mobile app and then makes it discoverable. In addition to publishing optimized pages to Google Webmaster and Bing Webmaster Tools, the platform is working on a video publishing to YouTube and Facebook. For more information on PromoMyApp visit promomyapp.com or email [email protected].
For help with identifying the right tool set for your “Mobile App Development” project, reach out to us at +1 949 284-6300 or email us at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can schedule a free consultation.