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How to create your own APP - 101!

🔔 #HowTo post of the day: How to create your own APP 📣

People building an app - illustration

As someone who considers herself somewhat of a 'generalist'(*), I've been using my free time to work on a mobile app. This is not the first time, but it has always been a great way for me to better grasp the user experience. While it tackles a problem I've faced personally (as a customer), it will also be of great use to clients I worked with. (B2B/ B2C)

Thinking of building an app yourself? Here are some pointers to get you started:

1️⃣ Clarify your Idea 💡 🔎 :

Purpose definition: What is the problem? How are you addressing it?

Research: Determine if similar apps exist. If they do, how will yours differ or be better?

2️⃣ Planning 📝 :

Target Audience: Who will use your app?

Platform Choice: Decide if you want to develop for iOS, Android, web, or all.

Monetization Strategy: If you plan to make money, decide on app pricing, in-app purchases, ads, or other revenue streams.

3️⃣ Design 📐 :

Personas: Put yourself in the shoes of the user.

Sketching: Create rough sketches of the app’s main screens to visualize the user flow.

Wireframes & Prototyping : Create digital wireframes and clickable prototypes

UI/UX Design: Design the actual interface; choose colors, typography, and create icons and graphics.

(Tools you can use for the above: Balsamiq or #Figma (which I use), (InVision or Adobe XD)

4️⃣ Development ⚒ :

Choose a Development Method:Native: Use Swift for iOS, Kotlin for Android.

Hybrid: Use frameworks like Flutter, React Native, or Xamarin.

Setup Environment:iOS: Set up Xcode.

Android: Set up Android Studio.

Hybrid: Set up the chosen framework's environment.

Develop the App: Begin coding!

Backend Development: If your app needs server-side logic, set up and develop your backend. You could use services like Firebase, AWS, or Azure.

5️⃣ Testing 🔁 :

Unit Testing: Test individual units of code.

Integration Testing: Test combined units (or integration with APIs).

Functional Testing: Ensure the app works as per requirements.

User Testing: Gather feedback from beta users. Use platforms like TestFlight for iOS or Google Play's beta testing for Android.

There's much more to consider, but I hope this gives you a starting point.

Have you ever thought about creating your own app?

Do you agree with my suggestions?

Comment below. 👇

(*)A generalist refers to an individual with knowledge and skills across a wide range of disciplines and functions, rather than only specialising deeply in a single area. Generalists are often prized for their ability to understand and navigate various parts of a business, bridging gaps between specialised departments and contributing to diverse projects.

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