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How To Get Started With Developing An App

How To Get Started With Developing An App

When it comes to developing an app, the first thing you need to know is that you must have a good design as well as coding that supports the functions of the application. The languages you need to learn are not the only things you’ll need, and the image or the design of the app is not the only thing you need to run it. With these things in mind, let’s start with what software languages you’ll need to learn.

Java or Javascript

Javascript is for the web, but if you’re developing on online app, you might want to learn it. Alternatively, you might want to learn Java first because it’s the mostly widely recognized programming language there is.

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Java is fun and boring at the same time. If you like puzzles and calculations, then you won’t mind doing it, but sometimes putting a puzzle together can be tedious. Once you have the puzzle figured out, you can start typing your code. The basics of the language are easy to learn, but it can be time-consuming to keep up with the versions that are always updating and changing. You’ll need some commitment and perseverance to get some of the trickier functions of the languages to work, but with time and experience, you can turn a page of code into something wonderful and functional.

Html and CSS

Yes, these are languages for web pages. And yes, they are primarily used for that purpose. However, Html 5 can be used to code apps of all kinds. It is one of the newer languages and has become more versatile with newer versions. CSS is a complement to Html, as are languages like JQuery. CSS, however, is a necessity for Html. You won’t find a Html file without CSS in it these days. Both are powerful high-level languages, but you can’t make an app with just Html alone. These are visual coding languages that don’t have the back-end capabilities of Java or other languages.

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Ruby on Rails and Node.js

Ruby on Rails is a very unique language, as is Node.js. They share a level of popularity that is similar, but that’s where the similarities end. Node.js is for writing server-side Java applications. While Rails requires an adherence to some rules, Node is more open-ended and allows users to do things right out of the box.

After downloading these applications, there seems to be some support and education available for the languages, but not as much as the highly established Java. Things move at lightning speed today, and the newest version is right around the corner — especially as more people use the language and develop it. This is especially true for these newer languages that have become increasingly popular recently.

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SQL

This is a database language that is standard for communicating with databases. If your game or app is quite large and users are inputting a lot of information, you will obviously need a database to compile at least some of the information.

Your app will need more than that!

Okay, so you think you have a good app coded? But it has to look good, right?

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You’re going to need images to make the front end of the app fit the consumers’ standards. Today, people want the best-looking app, and even things like your logo may determine if people download your app over the competition’s. You can use Adobe programs for this or something else, but the standard is Photoshop or Illustrator for your graphic production. Whether you use Mac or PC, these programs are the best out there with the most tools for making your images.

Final Touches

At the end of the day, your app needs to have the whole package, and most times this takes more than one person. If you’re versatile enough to build solo or just want something simplistic, then good for you!

This is not the end of your coding experience, however, as you will need to update and fix bugs that your customers find. There are many ways of crashing a program, and if enough people download your app, they will be found. Happy coding everyone!

Featured photo credit: William Iven via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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