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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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