App Development

Introduction

In today’s world, an ever growing percentage of people use their smartphones for managing all their daily requirements; from their social life to their professional life. This increase in mobile device usage opens up a new spectrum of opportunities for application development.

When the team of S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. is developing a new application for the client, developers have to undertake a variety of decisions to make sure that the end product of the development is in sync with the wishes of the clients. This includes everything from the target platform to the development technology that needs to be utilized.

Over the years, S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. has created a strong footing in application development. Developing applications for clients with many unique and innovative ideas. Although, it may seem like a very simple task to simply create an application with all the requirements in it, the task requires cumbersome planning and hours of preparation to ensure that the final product not only fits the clients requirements but is also perfected enough to compete against similar applications in the marketplace. S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. has perfected the art of developing such products for the clients. This, of course, is not possible without a well-established backbone and meticulous planning.

As is true for most technology domains, there is no one correct way that works for every sort of application development. There are numerous best practices to consider and some of these are not even technical. What is the demographic pool that you are trying to target? Will your application be used more on a mobile web or as a native app? Is the app going to be for android or iOS or both? The team is well aware that it is not a one size fits all solution. Each client is different and each client is looking for something that speaks to them and their target audience. However, there are certain things that can be pre planned to ensure that the pace of the work is swift and the work delivered is not lagging in any domain of the app development.

Generally, there are certain methods that the company uses to ensure that application development process is as smooth as possible. Certain steps are followed to ensure that there are no glitches in the work and the process is followed properly. Some of these mandatory points are as seen below:

Detailed Account

When working on a project, identifying the client’s requirements is one of the most quintessential best practice. It is important to carefully research the targeted capabilities to determine whether they are achievable in your application. From the very beginning it is detrimental that the goals of the project are clear and a company promises the only that which is attainable.

S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. believes that it’s important to set achievable goals and having a clear communication with the clients about it. It can be quite infuriating, and highly unproductive, to recognize that one of your clients key functionalities aren’t supported and you’ve invested so much time and resource in the development and design of the rest of the application.

These issues are well catered to by keeping communication open and clear with the client from day one and being clear on the deliverables. Having a detailed discussion and then having these requirements jotted down allows the company to have a clear path on which to path. This also serves as a checklist against which the application can be tested out to ensure that no work is missed out. This allows the client to be satisfied as they receive exactly what they had expected and more.

Responsiveness

A common misconception that a lot of new developers and new clients have is to assume that a web-based application designed and developed for a desktop browser will work in the exact same manner in a mobile browser. This is far from the reality. S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. understands that a product delivered to the client must be completely free of such concerns.

The team ensures that they become aware of all such issues and make the app responsive on all the devices on which the client wants to run their application. As a developer you may have problems with certain web API methods on a mobile platform. An example of this can be the music streaming API of Sound Cloud. This requires Adobe Flash and it is not supported on most of the mobile devices in the market right now. Which is why the team at S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. makes sure that they make all applications responsive according to the devices of choice of the client. This process helps to ensure that the user interface on all the required devices is the same and there is no problem faced by the user.

Optimizing the Application

As a developer, the last thing you want is for your users to complain about your application being too slow. This is why it is essential to carefully think about how to reduce and optimize each byte and server transfer to reduce the user’s wait time. According to Google, for every extra five seconds that it takes in load time, the traffic on the application drops by 20%. It is also important to realize that search engines take note of load times as part of their calculation of the score of page quality.

When optimizing an application, the first thing the team members keep in mind are the images.  Image load time is one of the biggest performance concerns that effect the loading speed of a page in mobile devices. S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. ensures that they use images that are optimized to ensure that the client has an application that loads without delays! Another major concern is code compression. To cater to this issue, the team compresses their JavaScript and CSS files to create a significant impact on the performance of the application. Optimizing the application makes it more comfortable to navigate for the users and stops users from getting frustrated while using the client’s application.

App features

When creating applications for the client, it is important to ensure that all the functionalities that the client wanted in the application are present. S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. understands that in the long run, if the application is unable to perform in the manner in which the client wants, no design or optimization is of any use.

As the team already takes a detailed account from the client about what they wish to achieve from the application and what features they wish to incorporate, the process of creating these applications is quiet smooth. It helps the company to deliver an impeccable product and that too in a well-structured and organized manner.

Before developing the product, the team at S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. confirms with the client about the functionalities of the application. In this manner, both parties are clear over the requirements and there is no room left for confusion over what is needed and what needs to be avoided. Once all the features are mapped out, the team starts to work on integrating these features into the client’s application.

The team of developers keep in mind that in the end of the day, the functions of the application are the essential features of the application and without the applications running smoothly, the application would fail no matter how much effort is placed in the project.

The team stays in touch with the latest tools and technologies. This allows the team members to also recommend best practices to the client who might benefit from these suggestions. These recommendations, at times, bring the cost of the project down and makes it easier for the client to get their work done.

User Experience

With a boom in the field of technology and application development, it is important that each application that is created for the client is the most user friendly and the user has the best experience in navigating the application. With so many applications out there, it is essential that when a user comes to your application they are not faced with any sort of confusion or discomfort. The user should not have to find their way around the app rather the app should guide the user across its User Interface.

When the user enters the application, they should find it easy to navigate and understand the application. It should not be confusing or difficult to understand how to perform different functionalities that the application has to offer. To cater to these issues, S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. gets the design of the application fully approved before it is delivered to the team of developers. The design road map is initially tested by the team to check whether it makes sense and all the elements placed in the design play their part. This involves ensuring that all the buttons being placed in the design are linked to some functionality and serve an exact purpose.

Once this first round of testing is completed, new team members check the design to see whether the application is easy to navigate or not. It is tested that is the application easy to use for a person who has little to no understanding of the product. It is important to test this out as it allows the team to get a better understanding about the application and what the product has to offer.

S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. conducts multiple rounds of testing so that when the product is delivered to the clients, there is nothing lagging or lacking perfection. These additional steps that are taken by the team members are what sets apart the company’s work from the rest of the products that are available in the market.

User Interface

In today’s world of technology, there are so many applications out there that are trying to make their mark in the industry. With this boom in creation, everyone is trying to stand out in the industry by creating something unique and trying to set their work apart from the rest of the people that are doing similar business.

One element that really sets an application apart from its competitors is the user interface. With a sea of applications out there, the user is being attracted towards all the different directions. It is not easy to step into an already developed market and make your space. It takes a lot of time and effort and thinking at the back end of things. It is important to understand the sort of work that the client does and the sort of design that would complement the work.

As far as design styles are concerned, although S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. likes to work with negative spaces and impactful clean designs, this is not always the case. Depending on the client, sometimes the company always opts for different design styles as well. These styles can range from art deco to psychedelic.

The point of creating a design is not to create something that is up to date or in sync with the latest fashion. The point of creating a design is to speak to the audience of the client. To be on the same level as the client’s application users and make a design that speaks to them. The designs that are presented by the team of S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. are unique and customized which allows them to standout in the marketplace and be a true representation of the client’s brand.

Originality

S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. takes great pride in the fact that every single product that they create for their clients is completely original. All the work being done by the company is custom work and there is no theme or code that is being copied from other sources.

Although, a lot of companies do partake in such practices, S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. believes that originality is one of their biggest assets and that providing authentic work is what sets the company apart from all their competitors. The company makes everything from scratch and the development is done in such a way that it speaks to the clients users and conveys the clients vision and brand identity.

There are plenty of companies that are creating theme based designs and working on borrowed codes. However, this is not how the company wishes to operate. The company wishes to make completely unique and customized products and deliver products that are a testament to the creativity of the company.

Debugging and Testing

With an ever-growing adoption of modern smartphones, more and more consumers are using apps to get everything they need; their favorite book, evening takeout, tickets for the upcoming concert, performing banking transactions, listening to music, and watching a movie on the go. Today, we belong to a digital sphere where keeping in touch with family across boundaries is no more a chore or a difficult task that needs lengthy planning and as the number of devices and device users increase, so does the humans ability to perform hitherto difficult tasks.

The growing demand for more functional applications has also in turn resulted in a widespread need for developing applications which are flawless in every aspect of the word. With applications being developed by companies, freelancers and independent developers, it’s near impossible to come up with an idea which is entirely unique and does not have any other similar, if not same, application providing similar features. Which is why S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. focuses on these finishing touches of the application just as much as they focus on the rest of the aspects such as design and development.

Debugging applications can be both, tricky and frustrating. This is especially true if you need to test the application on multiple devices and look for multiple devices to work on. In some cases the team also makes use of standard browser-based developer tools to debug your application. This is a more efficient and quick method to debug however, it can only be used for mobile web development.

The team at S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. conducts seven rounds of testing on each of the products. From testing the layout, all the way to testing the cross browsing compatibility of a web app, the company leaves no stone unturned when it comes to checking the work and making sure that it is as flawless as possible.

The multiple rounds of testing are done by our team of SQAs who ensure that the project is completely bug free and works in an impeccably smooth manner. It is important for the company to be able to provide the clients with the best possible product that they can imagine. This finesse in the products being delivered is one of the things that the company takes great pride in. S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. understands that it is better to work on 20 projects well than to work on 200 mediocre ones.

Delivering satisfactory work to the client is one of the most quintessential elements for the company. This gives the company a reputation of delivering products that go beyond the expectations of the clients and gives the client’s business a boom like never before.

Summary

With the continued rapid expansion of the variety, sophistication of mobile devices on the market and in use today, the requirement for effective, user-friendly, high performance mobile applications is likely to increase substantially. This is what is of utmost importance to the company as they wish to make products that not only leave the clients satisfied with the work that they have received but also leave an impression in the marketplace and amongst its competitors. Being able to develop these applications intelligently and efficiently will therefore continue to be of paramount importance to S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd.

Application development is not going anywhere. If anything, there is a boom to make better applications that are better more updated versions of the applications available on the market today. Every day, the people want something better than they received yesterday. Which is why companies and individuals are always striving to perfect whatever products they push out in the market.

It is essential to ensure that the client is satisfied with the product being delivered. There are a lot of times that the clients seem to feel that their work does not represent the true identity of their brand. It is essential to grasp the essence of the client’s brand and create an application that speaks to them. It does not matter what sort of design you create or how amazing the product is, in terms of design and development if your client is unhappy with the work that you produce at the end of the day.

S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. makes sure that they do not over promise their clients and be very clear about what it is that the company will deliver. Although, the company is well known for delivering work that surpasses the expectations of the clients, they still prefer not to oversell and over promise. This helps keep a realistic expectation of the work being produced. Clients of S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. keep returning to the company due to the fact that they know they will receive what they are being promised by the company.

There are so many details that cannot be explained entirely and can only be learned over time. With more than 15 years of experience in the field, S.T.A.R.S (Pvt.) Ltd. is able to perfect the clients work and give them work that is an authentic representation of what the business is about. The company is proud of the fact that every single application that they develop is created without the use of any readymade themes and designs. Everything that the company is making for their clients is made completely from scratch and is a completely original piece of work.

It does not matter what you are able to create, the ever changing market requirements need the developers to create products that will pass the test of time and be resourceful and stylish forever. It is important to speak to the audience and get them interested in the product which is why there is so much research that goes into the creation of the products.

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