By 2020, revenue from mobile apps is expected to top $80 billion. What this simply means for big or small business owners is that apps are no longer a business expense, but now a driver for your business. Understanding how your mobile application functions and its structure might not be pertinent to the success of your business, but with a clearer understanding your mobile app development project can be innovative and productive.
In mobile development, when users interact with the front end, they forget that there are nuts and bolts on a server that makes this interaction possible. These back-end elements can be as simple as SQLite storage on the app or a Back-end as a Service (BaaS) infrastructure.
Let’s take a peek under the hood of a mobile app development project and see what the process entails:
Defining the Back-end Structure
The first thing a mobile developer will do before development starts is to understand the structure of the back-end that will power the front-end. Setting up the structure will involve defining the storage and the add-ons that are needed to power the mobile application.
App Permissions and Authentication
Managing user accounts and authentication is a major concern for many mobile applications. Authentication is done in-app or through third-party encryption, but no matter the choice your developer makes, your security protocol will ensure that logins, user permissions, and all mobile API security credentials are stored securely.
Framework and Scripting Language
The framework used to develop the app is dependent on the business model, budget, and functionalities of the application. Some developers will choose a native frame-work over a hybrid one to enhance performance, while others may opt for a code once, build everywhere hybrid structure.
There are many factors that determine the scripting language used to develop the app because the scripting language is important in achieving the goals of the mobile application. Another consideration is the integration between the back-end and front-end of the application. The developer will decide on the most suitable server-side logic that will enable the code base connect smoothly and securely.
Protection Against Data Redundancy
Data backup and storage is another structure created by developers of mobile applications to ensure there is no data redundancy. A condition is usually created within the application or web service storage so that data can be restored in case there is any anomaly or corruption that can lead to data loss. This could mean regular backups of the back-end, storage in different tables within a single database, or an external backup on a different environment.
Data Caching and Synchronization
When we use mobile applications, there are some cases when we see data that is no longer available on the database. A developer creates services that stores data locally to improve the speed of the app. This caching services work hand in hand with data synchronization to refresh locally stored data and ensure that users are accessing data in real-time.
These caching services means that the mobile app is usable even when it is not connected to the internet. It basically gives users access to locally stored data and syncs once there is an internet connection, making the user experience richer and more productive.
These are exciting times for developers and business owners in the mobile app development industry. From the front-end view, new and emerging technologies are making it easy for business owners to showcase their brands and offer their users more features. With hybrid apps, business owners are cutting costs, while offering quality and highly functional apps to their target market.
Choosing a mobile application developer that understands your needs and who is equally passionate about the applications they develop is key to mobile applications development. Because you can’t see under the hood, you need a development partner that will abide by mobile development best practices. Contact us for a quick quote on any type of project and we will be happy to help.