Selecting The Programming Language In Developing Mobile Application
Developing mobile apps is not as cut and dry as it seems. You might have heard that a developer must only use a programming language and a development framework in implementing the mobile app development and that’s it.
Well, if you look at it from the top perspective, then sure, the process seems that way. However, choosing the right programming language would mean that you have to answer a couple of questions:
- Which operating system are you going to create apps for?
- What features do you wish to implement?
- Are you developing a native app, a hybrid, a web app, or a cross-platform app?
Companies should decide for themselves which type of application they’re planning to create. A native app is the best when it comes to performance but it is also limited to only one operating system. A cross-platform app is probably good, but the cost of development is also high as well.
I guess that companies would have to make certain tradeoffs that is why they have to think long and hard on what type of application they want to have created for their own ventures.
Different Programming Languages in App Development
Different operating systems would require different coding languages. If you want to create applications for the Android platform, you will need to use Java as your main programming language. You will also need to use the Android Software Development Kit (or SDK) to create them as well.
For the creation of iOS apps, one would require the knowledge of two coding languages: Swift and Objective-C. The former is just a derivative of the latter, but both of them can be used to build mobile applications for the iOS operating system.
There are major benefits when you’re going to develop native applications. For one, because it exists natively in a particular operating system environment, expect better performance thanks to its better integration. Two, you can easily fix any bugs and add new features as you please since you’re only dealing with a single codebase.
Obviously, it has its own drawbacks as well. Native applications can only work in one operating system which means that if you want to have an application for two of the most popular platforms, you will need to create one for both. Second, some app development companies might charge a little extra should you decide to have a native app created for your business.
Web and Hybrid Apps?
If you want some cheaper alternatives, you may want to look into developing web and hybrid apps.
The former is simply an application that can be accessed with a mobile web browser and the latter makes use of HTML5 as its main coding language and it will be wrapped in a native container so that it will work on all possible operating systems out there.
The cross-platform application, as the name implies, is an app that can be installed and run on different operating systems (albeit, not having the same performance to that of a true native application).