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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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