API stands for Application Programming Interface.
By Vinod Kalathiya    |     09 Feb 2021   |    Development Strategy    |    Views 43

How to convert my website to mobile app?

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When it comes to build a mobile application from an existing website, we need to have the same database for both website and mobile app to store data. For an exp, if I want to develop Flipkart mobile application then I need to get data from the database through API integration.

What is API?

API stands for an application programming interface. When you use an application on your mobile phone, the application connects to the internet and sends data to a server. The server then retrieves that data, interprets it, performs the necessary actions, and sends it back to your phone. The application then interprets that data and presents you with the information you wanted in a readable way. This is what an api is - all of this happens via api.

Let’s take a real-world example, buying movie tickets online. You go to the movie site; you enter your movie, name, and credit card information, and lo-and-behold, you print out your tickets.

But what’s going on between entering your information to receiving your ticket? Apis, that’s what! They are collaborating behind the scenes with other applications.

How is this possible you ask? This type of integration is called “seamless” because you never have a clue when a software role is passed from one application to another


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Example, in our case when the user chooses a product they want, give necessary inputs in order to buy a product like quantity, size, color, payment mode and pressing on make a payment, the request will be generated and api will play their role, as results payment will be done successfully and a receipt will be generated.

We need to create wireframe in order to design the flipkart mobile application.

Wireframe

Many people have been suggested that we skip the wireframe stage and roll right into what the site is going to look like, the design. Well, I would say it is a bad idea.

Wire framing helps you visualize a full app experience without the distractions of visual design and graphic elements. This allows for a deeper exploration of multiple layout ideas, concepts, and workflows, leading to a process of building a fully functional, intuitive, and user-friendly mobile app.

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Wireframing will help you avoid many unanticipated obstacles and perhaps save you thousands of dollars in engineering costs later.

Now the next step is to build final ui and ux designs.

UX & UI designs

Do not confuse between ui/ux wireframe and prototyping with the user interface (ui) design.

The ux research, wireframing, and prototyping are about how the app works while the ui design is about how the app looks.

Once the ux has been tested, tweaked, and several prototypes have been tested and finalized, you have to move to the ui designing phase.

This is the time when a newborn heart and brain of your product is clothed with its skin and bones. Here the product gets its real color scheme, forms and features of the layout details, styles, and animated elements, and so on.

All the ui solutions directly influence the positive or negative user experience, so the processes of ux wireframing and ui design should mutually support each other and follow the same strategy otherwise the efficient solutions of one stage will not work on the other.

Development


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After Completion of UI/UX designs now it’s time for a development part of your mobile application. You first have to decide whether you want to develop in a single platform or in multiple platforms. Choose either you want to go for a native application, hybrid application or a cross platform. After then if you want to build an Android mobile application then following languages are there which you can use.

1. Java

  • Java, an object-oriented programming language, is an official Android development language. It is a language that is easy to handle. It has open-source libraries that are readily available for users to choose from.
  • Java is a technology that offers the best documentation and community support. With Java, developers can create any mobile application. Frameworks like testing and log4j are developed using java. Besides this, some applications that are developed using java are seen the weather, the vlc media player, telegram for android, and many more.

2. Kotlin

  • Kotlin is a statically typed programming language that is used for developing modern Android applications today. Kotlin is said to be the advanced version of java. For android developers, this language is a modern answer to obsolete java. Kotlin is a language that has influenced some other programming languages such as scala, gosu, groovy, java, etc. Apps written in kotlin are Pinterest, Trello, Evernote, Coursera, and many more.

If you want to build an IOS mobile application then following languages are there which you can use.

1. Swift

  • If you are building something specific to apple os (native to apple), swift is the language to seek. Swift is a popular ios application development language that offers advanced features with minimal coding that can be easily maintained. Swift is a powerful and intuitive language loved by apple developers who use it for macos, ios, watchos, tvos, and so on.

2. Objective-C

  • objective-c is the primary programming language you use when writing software for os x and ios. It’s a superset of the c programming language and provides object-oriented capabilities and a dynamic runtime. Objective-c inherits the syntax, primitive types, and flow control statements of c and adds syntax for defining classes and methods. It also adds language-level support for object graph management and objects literals while providing dynamic typing and binding, deferring many responsibilities until runtime.

If you want to build a mobile application using cross-platform then you’ll have following tools which you can use.

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1. Flutter

  • Flutter is the new trending cross-platform mobile application development technology in town. It uses “dart” as a programming language instead of javascript which facilitates rapid and effective analysis, fabricates us, includes highlights, and fixes bugs in milliseconds. The open-source cross-platform sdk by google extends a wide range of plugins backed by google and allows mobile apps to be built for both android and apple ios platforms.

2. React Native

  • This javascript open-source framework has become the most preferred native mobile app development technology. It offers ample support to ides and other mobile app development tools and enables the development of native apps for ios and android platforms. React Native framework allows building native mobile apps with javascript, using the same design as react. Apps built using react native are real mobile apps that cannot be distinguished from an app built using objective-c or java or swift.

3. Ionic

  • Ionic uses the html5 programming language and is widely preferred for mobile app development today. It combines Html, css3, and javascript to build native apps and create their ui functionalities with ease. This mobile app development technology works on ios’ Riverview or android’s webview. Ionic is built on top of angular js and apache Cordova. Ionic is the easiest way for web developers to build, grow, and scale cross-platform mobile apps.

4. Xamarin

  • xamarin.Forms allow developers to create user interfaces in XAML with code-behind in c#. These interfaces are rendered as performant native controls on each platform.

Testing

Performing thorough quality assurance (QA) testing during the mobile app development process makes applications stable, usable, and secure. To ensure comprehensive QA testing of your app, you first need to prepare test cases that address all aspects of app testing.

Similar to how use cases drive the process of mobile app development, test cases drive mobile app testing. Test cases are for performing test steps, recording testing results for software quality evaluation, and tracking fixes for retesting. A best practice approach is involving your qa team in the analysis and design stages. The familiarity with your app’s functional requirements and objectives will help produce accurate test cases.

Your app should undergo the following testing methods, to deliver a quality mobility solution.

  • User Experience Testing
  • Functional Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Device and Platform Testing

Deployment & Support

Releasing a native mobile app requires submitting your app to the app stores, Apple App Store for iOS apps and Google Play for Android apps. However, you will need a developer account with Apple play store and Google play store before launching your mobile app.

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Vinod Kalathiya

Vinod Kalathiya is an expert in digital concept strategies, a passionate blog writer and CEO at Sensussoft Software. He brings his experience and knowledge of the last decade in software development and outsourcing strategies to creative blogs, e-books and more.

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