App Design Australia | Our Development Process

App Design Process

Most programs or software products developed these days are actually a collection of different components or modules that are brought together to form one piece of software. Each component of an app work together with the others to handle a specific set of functions and provide the user with the desired result. It is important therefore, with bespoke software development that developers have knowledge with a variety of different coding languages. Front, back and middle sections of an app may be built using separate app development frameworks, or software languages.

The programming language or code is what essentially instructs a computer, server, or other device what to do or how to display results to an end user. This could be something as simple as calculating a few numbers, to large and complex processes involving many parts of the software in order to complete necessary actions. When creating effective code there are actions that must be taken in order to ensure it will work properly for the user. These can include fault finding and resolution, collaborating on design, planning and execution, coding reviews and debugging all of which ensure quality and functionality.

A complete build will require a highly adept team of App Developers, supported by a solid development process, beginning with conceptual design all the way to optimization of the end user experience. So it’s crucial that you select an app development company in Australia that understands your needs and can exceed your expectations.

Over at Red Sky Digital Australia, our software development process begins with the assembly of a team of software developers who have the most relevant knowledge to complete your project. We then begin brainstorming, designing and developing the most appropriate solution to meet the needs at hand. Below we will attempt to describe a few of the steps taken during our typical app development workflow.

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Breakdown of our Development Workflow

Review of Requirements, Input, and Definition of Project Goals

Initially, we take the time to assess and evaluate our customers digital challenges and turn those valuable insights into a tangible project brief This part of the process is essential to the way we work; more often than not, a bad end product comes from a flawed initial brief. We then produce a technical specification document that outlines all of the hardware and software to be used along with frameworks and database architecture. This allows us to mitigate risks, and avoid fundamental changes to the holistic system design later on.

Coding of Defined Components

It is around now that we enter the primary stage of our app development process and start to assemble our first modular components in a scalable manner. We follow the standard MVC software development practices in Australia, and ensure that all work carried out complies with industry standards. We then begin to develop the aforementioned source code in the language we have determined will be the most suitable for your program. We compile this source code into its own application at incremental stages throughout the app development process. Each new release is subject to a period of testing and debugging. Where required we will also integrate specific pre-compiled functions or components of other third party tools.

Reviewing of Code with Development Team Members

Most development problems will typically have more that one solution, which will work. Our Software developers in Australia will frequently utilize many different app development methods in order to complete a project. Having another experienced and qualified software developer critique their work is a great way of maintaining code quality and encourage continuous improvement, during a build. Another advantage is that it promotes a sense of unity and unified thinkin within the team.

Compiling and Testing of Source Code

When developing a custom piece of software, making sure the source code and other modules of the software can be deployed in an easily executable form on regular computers is essential. A professional app development company such as Red Sky Digital Australia will have access to a range of different hardware to facilitate a broad spectrum of testing. It is vitally important that at least the most common hardware and software platforms are supported by the new program.

Further testing phases continue and re-compilation of the code is carried out each time, following the process known in the industry as ‘iterative’ development (constantly ongoing). Often expert app developers will create just enough code to test a working concept, ensuring that the least amount of time is spent on code that ultimately may or may not solve a given problem. Eventually, the collection of developed software should become better defined and stable to the point where it can be considered as a stable version for production use.

Code Repositories and Versioning

A professional software development company typically creates and maintains what is known as a ‘code repository’. Software Developers working on a given project are granted access to the necessary software repository containing the active code base. Essentially what a code respositiory does is store and catalogue everything using a central database. Changes are tracked and versions are controlled, which makes for a much smoother collaborative working process. Repositories are also an important asset when used for reporting and management processes.

Debugging and Fixing of Errors

If we come across some kind of error or fault with the code then it is our job to identify what went wrong and the quickest and most efficient way of fixing it. This is where the term “debugging” comes in, debugging is essentially the process of locating these bugs. The other element of debugging is then fixing and rewriting the code so that it does what was intended. This job is crucial and requires a logical and linear approach. Debugging is considered a key skill sought after by good App Development companies.

A software development company in Australia such as Red Sky Digital, which invests in the correct development skills and employes the latest technologies is able to make this process much more efficient. Debugging tools help to provide a visual guide, tracking what the code is doing and enabling us to locate where the problems are. Tools are also able to capture output from log files and process this data to see how procedures are being handled.

Usually it is around the user acceptance testing stage that clients will have had time to assess and consider what modifications they may need to a given software application. Here at Red Sky Digital Australia our software developers follow a modular build structure, which supports change. However, any resulting changes will need to undergo the same rigorous development process as used during the initial build to ensure that a high standard of work is maintained.

Constructive Team Working

Red Sky Digital considers every project that we work on as one of a kind. Putting together a team of people who are best able, not only to contribute skills and knowledge, but also work effectively together is key. Using a small team requires more assistance from our knowledgeable and skilled coders, larger teams can utilize completely separate groups for different tasks.

A larger team however requires a more rigidly structured leadership and design framework in order to keep everybody on track. There are so many ways to manage a software development team that this is probably best left for our blog. However, the traditional model involves the assignment of tasks in a linear fashion. This is known as "Waterfall Design", there is also a critique and feedback based system often used in which the planning and development are actually done in conjunction with each other. At the same time client feedback can be incorporated on the fly altering the design of the app, project planning and target deliverables.

Whichever method that we deem suitable for your project, we believe that communication is the foundation of a good software development company. And we ensure that our app developers are engaged in collaborative face to face meetings with other key stakeholders within the development organisation. Our ultimate aim is to be viewed as an extended app development arm of our customers business.

In Summary

When it comes down to it, developing any kind of software program can be an arduous and complicated process. A process that we have an unrivaled passion for. Our app development methods combine both logical thinking with a highly structured and inflexible approach to quality control.

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