App Design Hong Kong | Our Development Process
Most software products developed these days are actually a collection of many different components or modules that are brought together to form one piece of completed software. Each component within 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 understand the capabilities of a variety of different coding languages. Front, back and middle sections of an app are often built using separate app development frameworks, or software languages.
The programming language or code is what essentially instructs a server, or other device how tp perform tasks, or how to display results to an end user. This could be something as simple as carrying out mathematical sums, to large and complex processes involving many component parts of a software application in order to complete a set of actions.
When creating effective source code there are steps that should be taken to ensure that code will work properly for the user. These tasks include: fault finding and resolution, collaborative design processes, rollout planning and execution, coding reviews and regular debugging. All of these things are designed to ensure quality and optimal functionality.
A complete build is likely to require a team of App Developers, supported by a robust development process. This typically begins with an initial architecture blueprint, all the way to optimization of the end user experience. It is important to select an app development company in Hong Kong that understands each and every aspect of the concept, technical requirements and business elements, to ensure best possible success.
Over at Red Sky Digital Hong Kong, our software development process begins with the assignment of a team of software developers with the most applicable knowledge to complete the given project. With the team assembled, brainstorming is followed by a period of design and development. Finally, the most appropriate technical solution is created to meet the challenge at hand. Here, below we discuss a a few of the steps taken during our typical app development workflow.
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Review of Requirements, Input, and Definition of Project Goals
At the outset we take the time to assess the requirements on hand, which typicall involves some detailed discussions. We then leverage upon those discussions to create a tangible project brief This early part of the process is essential to the way we work; more often than not, a poor end product is the result of insufficient discussions and a flawed initial brief. Following the brief we create a technical specification document, outlining the core technologies, tools, frameworks and database architecture, together with a breakdown of the functional components that will comprise the finished product. By putting this all together at the start it allows us to mitigate risks, and avoid fundamental changes to the target system later.
Coding of Defined Components
It is at this point that we enter the core stage of the app development process and begin to assemble our first components in an incremental manner. We typically follow standard MVC software development processes here in Hong Kong, ensuring that all work carried out complies with industry standards. Our team then proceeds to develop the apps source code in the language we have pre-determined will be the best fit for the product in question. We build out this source code in snippets and combine it together at incremental stages throughout the app development process. Each code release during the build is subject to a period of testing and debugging. Often we will integrate specific pre-compiled functions or components from other third party libraries to save on developmemt time.
Reviewing of Code with Development Team Members
Most software challenges can typically be solved by more that one technical solution. Our Software developers, here in Hong Kong frequently utilize many different app development methodologies in order to successfully complete a project. One such method involves getting another experienced and qualified software developer to asssess their finished code. This is a great way of maintaining code quality and encouraging integrated development. It also promotes an atmosphere of team spirit and unified thinking within the team.
Compiling and Testing of Source Code
When developing a custom software product, ensuring that the source code and other modules of that software can be rolled out in a standard executable format on a range of computers is essential. A professional app development company like Red Sky Digital Hong Kong will ensure its access to a range of hardware to ensure broadest spectrum of testing. It is very important that all common hardware and software platforms can be supported by the new product to ensure its widespread success.
Additional test phases continue on, with re-compilation of the code handled each time. This coding/testing process is known in the industry as ‘iterative’ development (constantly ongoing). Often senior app developers will develop only enough code to test a working concept, ensuring that the time spent on indvidial snippets of code is reduced where it is unclear that these snippets will solve a given problem. Eventually, the package of software components will become better defined and stable to the point where it is considered to be a stable version and sufficient for production deployment.
Code Repositories and Versioning
A software development company should maintain what is known as a ‘code repository’. Individual software developers working on each given project are granted access to the specific software repository containing the active code for the project in question. Essentially a respositiory is a central location for storing code elements, scripts and documents supported via a database and access controls. Changes to code in repositories are logged and versions are maintained, which ensures effective collaboration on code components. Repositories are also an important asset when used for reporting and company security.
Debugging and Fixing of Errors
Where we uncover an error or fault within a piece code then it is important to identify the root cause and move forward with the most efficient method for fixing it. This is the process known as "debugging", debugging is essentially the process of locating bugs in the code and addressing them. Debugging can also involve optimisation and resolution of non-critical performance aspects. The job of debugging is crucial and typically requires the developer in question to utilize a logical and linear approach. Debugging is considered a key skill sought after by reputable app Development companies such as Red Sky Digital, Hong Kong.
A software development company such as Red Sky Digital, which invests in the the right development skills and employes the latest tools, and technologies ensures that this debugging process is made more efficient. Debugging tools provide a visual guide, highlighting what the code is doing and enabling developers to locate where key problems are. Software tools can also capture output from log files and interpret the live data to see where procedures may be breaking down.
Often it is during the user acceptance testing stage that customers will have assess and consider future modifications they may want to apply to a given software application. Over at Red Sky Digital Hong Kong our software developers adhere to a modular build structure, which supports change. However, any resulting changes will need to undergo the same rigorous development processes as employed during the initial build to ensure that a robust standard of work is maintained.
Constructive Team Working
We consider each and every project that we work on as one of a kind. Building out a team of people who are able to contribute the right skills and knowledge to get the job done, in the most effective way. Often smaller teams require additional support from our skilled senior coders on some components, whereas larger teams are able to utilize completely separate developer groups to perform different roles.
Those larger development teams do however require a more structured leadership and project framework, in order to keep everybody on the same page. There are so many ways in which a software development team can be managed that this topic is probably one best left for our blog. However, our traditional model involves a standard task based project plan. This is referred to as a "Waterfall project", there are other approaches involving continuous feedback and modification of code components on the fly which are often used but we find that a traditional waterfall project approach is best followed for fixed budget projects.
Whichever method that we choose to employ for your project, we firmly believe that good communication is the foundation of a excellent software development company. And we make sure that our app developers are continuously engaged in face to face discussions with other key stakeholders within our development structure. Our ultimate aim is to be considered as an extended app development component within each of our customers businesses.
At the end of the day developing any kind of software program can be a challenging and complex process. This is why it is vitally important to select a partner who has the passion and experience to deliver. In selecting Red Sky Digital Hong Kong you can rest assured that you have made the right decision.