Mobile Apps Deconstructed: Tutorial Series for Business Professionals

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Don’t you hate when your mechanic tells you that you need a new hub for your car, but there’s no light on the dashboard that shows an image of a hub (whatever that is)? Or maybe you’ve gone to the dentist and he told you that you have a cavity. How do you know that he’s being honest with you? It’s hard to trust a stranger who assumes that you know little about their field.

I have some good news for you when considering how to approach a mobile web app project; a little knowledge goes a long way. Just having a brief overview of the basics will help you to sleep better at night knowing that you didn’t go into your mobile app project blind, naively accepting the lowest bid (or the highest) depending on your mindset. It will also convey to the web developers being considered that you know something about their technologies and what to expect from them.

One confusing aspect of the web app world is the difference between a web app and a mobile app. A web app requires a browser and Internet connectivity to run. A mobile app is developed for use on small wireless devices like smartphones and tablets, rather than desktop or laptop computers. A regular web app can be accessed using a smartphone or tablet, but it won’t look pretty or function properly. A mobile app can’t be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer. It is designed to fit smaller screens, and has a completely different format in order to do so.

Most mobile apps these days are built with an industry-standard framework which is an offshoot of React. This framework is called React Native. React Native libraries were developed by Facebook in 2015. React Native is built with React architecture for native AndroidiOS, and UWP applications.

In a nutshell, a native application is an original, or basic application, developed to be used on a specific platform or device. React Native lets you build mobile apps using only JavaScript (best known as the computer language from which web pages are built). It uses the same design as React, letting you compose a really nice user interface (UI).

Do you want to know exactly why React native is “the bomb” for developing mobile apps these days? If you read this article you will have the main talking points so that you can impress your web developer (and your boss) with your mobile app prowess. You now probably know more about the mobile app field than he knows about yours!

If you’d like to get free advice on putting together a requirements document for your mobile app project, give us a call any time at (877) 268-7356, and talk to one of our knowledgable developers.

Do you have a general question about mobile web app development? Please leave a comment in the section below. A qualified member of our staff will answer your question promptly.

 

Mona McGraw writes articles dissecting the various topics that a consumer should understand prior to hiring a web developer. Her series for business professionals is especially useful if you plan to hire a company to build a web-based app, or if you are in need of integration services to help automate your office. She deconstructs the mysterious “backend” of the Web world so that you have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions.

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