Mobile phones and applications are growing and adjusting with how we communicate and work. The technology is exciting and evolving, new devices are popping up all over the place, and there is a very high demand for developers.
There is no specific minimum qualification for this career. However, a person looking forward to learn Mobile Application Development is expected to have received some sort of computer programming training, either from a school/college or a training center. Acquaintance with the programming basics is a must, since application development is all about programming and creativity. Any computer savvy person might be fit to learn how to develop mobile applications but being able to develop mobile apps requires a specific set of skills.
Following are the technical skills, which will help a programmer/developer to excel in app development.
- Mobile User Interface Design – The most important aspect of mobile app development is to build an excellent user interface (UI). Some primary elements of UI design are: fast loading and operation of the application, making use of colors, positioning of components.
- Backend computing – It includes security, interaction with hardware, database management etc.
- Programming – Expertise in programming languages such as C, C++, Java, familiarity with interfaces between mobile platforms (Apple iOS, android, Windows) and application programming, skills in web development languages such as HTML 5 and CSS
- Cross platform development – It’s not enough to be skilled in developing apps for one platform – you have to be versatile and able to create any sort of app for any sort of device.
- Business expertise – Business expertise is a must to stand in the competition. A lot of people may not realize this but business skills also play a critical role in this field. An example of such a skill could be that a mobile application developer should know how to build an application for optimizing it’s visibility in the list of the available applications of the same category.
- Other non-technical skills – Collaboration and communication with the other team members to share your work, to get feedback and for having discussions.