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7 Tools New Mobile Developers Should Try

7 Tools New Mobile Developers Should Try

Mobile app development is a booming business. According to App Annie’s Mobile App Forecast Report, mobile app demand is growing. Expected growth is about 20% between 2015 and 2020. App developers are utilizing a variety of tools to keep up with demand.

Whether you are a new or seasoned mobile app developer, here are some tools you can use.

1. Appery.io

Appery.io is the only cloud-based, drag-and-drop app development tool and you don’t have to download any software to use it. This platform is great for new app developers because the GUI is very intuitive and easy to learn.

The only downside is the pricing structure. Prices can fluctuate every couple of months and they don’t provide a refund policy.

2. Build Fire

If you want to build apps quickly, Build Fire is arguably the best app development platform on the market. Build Fire developers can create new apps in as little as five minutes.

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There are a few reasons Build Fire is so highly rated by experts at CNN, Forbes, and Entrepreneur:

  • It doesn’t require any coding skills.
  • Build Fire comes with a number of great templates.
  • They provide great support.

Many new and experienced developers are using Build Fire to create apps for both Android and iOS devices.

3. Appcelerator

Appcelerator has been one of the most popular app development platforms since 2006. It relies heavily on JavaScript and MBaaS to create native mobile apps.

You need to be proficient in JavaScript to use Appcelerator. However, it’s one of the most versatile Activella platforms available.

It has extensive libraries of algorithms which can help you streamline the development process.  Appcelerator also has several mobile test automation and mobile analytics features, which will help you troubleshoot your apps.

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Appcelerator is one of the best platforms for developing commercial apps that work on multiple operating systems.

4. Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere is a specialized app development tool used for creating hybrid apps that can work offline. These apps are available on both desktop and mobile devices.

Alpha Anywhere relies heavily on SQL technology. The company provides great support for off-line mobile development.

5. AppInstitute

AppInstitute is another drag-and-drop app development tool that doesn’t require any coding. Unlike Appery.io, it does require you to download the software. However, it has some unique features that make it a great app development platform.

Appery.io also has a CRM tool for monitoring sales, analytics, and push notifications.

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6. AppMakr

AppMakr is another tool for developers that want to create apps without having to write code. It has a number of prebuilt functions that let you create native android and iPhone apps with minimal effort. You can also use AppMakr to build mobile websites in HTML5.

Unfortunately, like most code-free app development solutions, there are limitations. You may not be able to develop apps with all the features you want. If you really want to create a highly useful app, you’ll need to go back and tweak the code a little.

In other words, AppMakr is a great tool for developers without any programming background. However, developers that are proficient in JavaScript and HTML 5 have the freedom to create more powerful and feature-rich apps.

7. App Press

App Press is a mobile app development tool that was produced for front end designers without a strong programming background. It is built off of an Amazon cloud-based platform.

While you won’t be able to create the most sophisticated apps, App Press lets you create simple ones very quickly. The company claims that many of its new users are developing apps in as little as a day. More experienced developers can create five or more apps a day.

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If you need to create multiple apps quickly, this is a great tool to have.

Developing mobile apps from scratch requires extensive programming knowledge. Fortunately, there are plenty of great tools that streamline the process. Even experienced CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5 programmers are using these tools to create apps more quickly.

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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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