Code or design app 1st?

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  1. adrian
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    Dec 2015

    Posted 20 Dec 2015 Link to this post

    Looking for some advice, I am new to the app game and have teamed up with a local tech company to build our 1st app. There experience in the app department is limited but they have a coder with some android experience and he is using xamarin to build native iOS & Android versions.

    It's a peer to peer app. 

    Our coder started working the back end and front end coding in September but we never consulted any UI or UX designers as we were told this is something that can be done at the end. 

    After a bit of research I have found that it may be very important to involve these designers asap.

    I am trying to figure out what cross over there is with UI/UX & coding. 

    Shouldn't the UI/UX design been involved at the initial stage? Will the code (3 months worth & very basic format) that exists now need scrapping and recoding to suit the design of the app? 

    Could someone explain in simple terms the best way to build an app from start to finish based on some detailed wireframes we have!  

    Would really appreciate it 

    Many thanks 
  2. Tina Stancheva
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    Posted 24 Dec 2015 Link to this post

    Hello Adrian,

    You've posted your question under the AppBuilder section of our forums AppBuilder is a development tool that comes as part of Telerik Platform. I want to therefore describe what Telerik Platform provides in terms of mobile application development.

    Telerik Platform is an end-to-end solution for mobile development where you can work on multiple aspects of an app from a single place. To start off, when you create an app you can first create a few screens - our Views section allows you to quickly and easily create some predefined screens and see how they behave as part of the app. Now this section doesn't require specific technical skills which means that at this stage you can have UI/UX or product management people involved as they would be basically scaffolding the app.

    Once you have the basic structure of the app, you can have your development team involved and let them extend the app functionality and front-end through the Telerik Platform development tools. Here is where I should mention that similarly to Xamarin, with Telerik Platform you can build multi-platform mobile applications. However, in Telerik Platform you would be using JavaScript/TypeScript, Html and CSS and you can choose from 2 approaches - hybrid and native. This article outlines the differences and specifics of each.

    Your app can next benefit from the Telerik Platform Backend Services and you and your team can easily set up user management, social login, push notifications or take advantage of a fast data storage. You can also enable Telerik Analytics thus allowing your application to run an analytics monitor in the background and gather detailed data about its usage.

    While in beta testing, you can also incorporate Telerik AppFeedback and give your testers the option to send their feedback and comments on the app behavior and look to the development team. I would especially recommend that service in your case as it significantly facilitates the testing process and allows UI/UX specialists to comment on the app look and feel directly while testing it bu highlighting the parts they feel should be updated, leaving specific comments directly in the app and then sending this feedback to the development team.

    In Telerik Platform you can have multiple people working on the same project by configuring the apps for collaboration. Further, you can have multiple members with different roles in one Telerik Platform account as described here.

    I am not sure if that really answers your questions as they are of a more generic nature. However, I hope that you'll try Telerik Platform to see if it can streamline the app development process for your team.

    Tina Stancheva

    Visit the Telerik Verified Plugins Marketplace and get the custom Cordova plugin you need, already tweaked to work seamlessly with AppBuilder.

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