Web development

Create your own app – Part 4: App and Usability Testing

Only a properly functioning application has any chance of success. Programming errors and a poor user experience may cause some users to uninstall the app without a second thought. As a result, extensive app testing prior to publication is vital. Functionality, performance, usability, and other tests serve as quality assurance tools. In addition to manual tests, there are also some automated tests that can be carried out with the help of app testing tools. [...]  

App Store ranking: create your own app part 6.2

Die Möglichkeiten, Apples App-Store-Ranking zu beeinflussen, unterscheiden sich in einigen Bereichen von dem Indexierungsverfahren des Google Play Stores: Beim App-Store-Marketing von iOS-Applikationen ist vor allem die Anwendung von Keywords anders geregelt. Ein gutes Verständnis der Faktoren, die Einfluss auf das App-Ranking haben, hilft daher bei der gelungenen Präsentation einer iOS-App und bei ihrer Optimierung für den App-Store von Apple. [...]  

MooTools: the compact JavaScript framework

No programming language has made its mark quite like JavaScript. Developed in 1995 as a Java alternative for the netscape browser, you would be hard pushed to find a web application that doesn’t use this universal scripting language. However, critics rightly express concerns over the fact that JavaScript lacks a class system and the language is more unstructured than it should be. The MooTools framework addresses these issues and optimizes the development process of JavaScript-based web applications. [...]  

Symfony: useful PHP library for your web project

Over 30 independent components, long-term support for four years, and over 500 million downloads: the PHP framework Symfony is undoubtedly one of the most successful component collections of this popular script language. But what exactly is this project created by the French company SensioLabs? And which types of web applications can benefit from using this web application framework? [...]  

Ruby on rails: the MVC framework for complex web applications

Frameworks tremendously simplify web application development. Fundamental architectures, predefined paradigms, and integrated libraries create the perfect platform on which your planned app can be built. One name that’s often mentioned hand-in-hand with web applications frameworks is Ruby on Rails. Based on the script language Ruby, this web framework has attracted many fans through its clean, and elegant code and database-friendly structure. [...]  

CRUD: the basis for data management

It won’t take long for those looking to get into to software development to encounter the term CRUD. The acronym stands for the typical operations used for communicating with database systems; these normally form the basis of database management. But just how are these access functions for data management actually set up? And how much of role does CRUD play when it comes to the databases’ programming language and language environment? [...]  

ZURB Foundation: The CSS framework for responsive frontends

If you don’t have a ready-made template or a homepage kit for the development of a front-end, but also don’t want to completely start from square one, then you should think about using a CSS framework such as ZURB Foundation. The open source solution offers a flexible grid system, numerous other pre-made code snippets, and everything you need to implement a responsive web presence. [...]  

Mobile app design: create your own app – part 3

Designing an application isn’t just a question of shapes and colors – mobile app design covers the positioning of app content and app usability, too – and these factors are vital in helping create a successful app. The more time and effort you invest at this stage, the higher the chance of creating an app that people will want to use and keep on their device. [...]  

Create your own app – part two: app makers

If you want to create your own native mobile app, you’ll need to think about the technical implementation of it. When it comes to classic programming, integrated development environments are useful tools to help make the process easier. But since this requires prior knowledge of software development, many beginners prefer to find an alternative option. The answer for inexperienced users usually lies in specialized app makers. These require no coding experience and sometimes come with a surprising array of functions. We’ll show you how they work. [...]  

Create your own app – part one: the planning phase

Mobile apps offer us information, entertainment as well as many other purposes and are a part of everyday life for smartphone and tablet users. If you also have an interesting idea for an application, you shouldn’t shy away from creating it: developing an app for iOS or Android isn’t all about programming, there’s much more to it than that. In our series on creating your own app, we’ll take you through all the steps you need to offer users a new native mobile app. It all starts, of course, with the planning phase. [...]  

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