An immense increase in usage of mobile devices has changed the lives of many. Now, every task has an App associated with it and every business is moving ahead with the theme of providing more and more Applications to make users’ lives easy and in return earning profits.
With increasing demand of Apps, the demand for Developers has also increased, as everyday a new App hits the floor and aims to top the charts in App stores. But, Developers needs to be aware about some of the terms that they will make use of, while developing the Apps; however, these terms remain the same regardless of the platforms. Some of the widely used terms amongst the Developers are:
- API: It stands for Application Programming Interface and is a collection of standardized rules and features that describes how software programs will communicate with one another. API can be created for Operating Systems, Applications, and Libraries.
- SDK: It refers to Software Development Kit and its aim is to avail development tools to the Developers that acts as an initial start point for laying the foundation of the projects. These tools help the Developers to create Apps for distinct framework or software platform.
- Badge: It refers to the iOS platform and denotes the visual notifications that informs the user about the unread emails
- GPS: It is an acronym for Global Positioning System and almost every Smartphone has the capability of GPS. It helps in providing the Latitude and Longitude i.e. location and information of time, whenever the GPS option is enabled.
- Mobile OS: Operating System is the mobile platform on which the mobile devices operate. It is similar to MAC OS or Windows OS that aids in operating desktops and laptops.
- App: This is the most common word used by every Smartphone user and Developers as well. Yes, that’s a short form of an Application which is known as a program in technical terms. An app is a native application and by native it means that the App can be downloaded on a particular device, but only after the user downloads it on the particular device.
- Device Orientation: It means that the Android, Windows, or Apple devices must be able to render the screens in portrait and landscape view.
- Authentication: It means that user’s identity who are using the Apps must be verified with some of the details provided by the users like a password, Secret question, fingerprint or date of birth.
- Encrypting: It is known as the act of securing the data from unauthorized access in such an order that the original state of the data can be restored in its original form.
- Quality Assurance: It is an organized way of evaluating and monitoring different aspects of a project, especially keeping an eye whether the project has met the specified time limits and decided specifications, requirements, and standards.
Every Developer needs to be aware about the above techno-jargons; instead, there are many more to go. But along with this, deeper knowledge of how to effectively work on developing the Apps to meet the needs of end users is a necessity. The ones who are aspiring to make career in the Mobile App Development domain can opt for a formal training to increase their understanding about the concepts needed for Application Development.