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How To Get Started With Developing An App

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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!

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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 November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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