Top 5 Skills Required for a Mobile Application Developer


The industry for mobile application development continues to grow as mobile devices become the center of communication and work. At an impressive rate, business and technological development has emerged, causing an increased demand for experienced mobile application developers.

Mobile application development involves a set of procedures involving programming and building software or applications designed for fast operating handheld devices such as smart phones and tablets. In many ways it is similar to Web application development, but the difference being that mobile applications are often developed to be specifically tailored to the special functions of the device being used. For example, in the case of a game application developed for an Android platform phone, it may be advantageous to utilize the phone’s accelerometer to offer a unique user experience.

A Developer’s Skills

Not just anyone that’s computer savvy can develop mobile applications. Rather, a specific skill set is required for these developers.

1. Mobile User Interface Design

Probably the most important aspect of mobile app development is building a high quality user interface (UI). The UI of an application is responsible for interaction between the user and the software. When it comes to developing mobile applications, it’s not enough for them to simply have adequate backend functionality. With a plethora of apps available to download, the most attractive are the apps that are easy to use, have a superior design and run smoothly.

Primary elements of UI designing:

  • Components are where the user is likely to expect them
  • Good use of a unified color scheme
  • Fast loading and operation of the application
  • General help, basic tips
  • Activity Indicators

2. Cross-Platform App Development

For a developer, it is vital to have a knowledge of multiple operation platforms in the current industry. As far as market penetration, there are three major mobile platforms: Android, iPhone and Windows Phones. A skilled application developer is not only experienced and able to code in one platform, but is versatile enough to create apps across any platform for any device. This leads the way to a wider range of possibilities and a shining developer profile.

3. Backend Computing

This may involve:

  • Security
  • Database management
  • Hardware interaction
  • Implementation of memory allocation

4. Modern Language Programming Skills

Another important skill required to develop mobile applications is the knowledge of programming using modern programming languages.

All together, programming may include several things:

  • Experience with commonly used programming languages like C# and Java
  • Trained in web development languages like HTML 5 and CSS
  • Familiarized with mobile platform Application Programming Interfaces (API) such as Apple iOS, Android and Windows Mobile
  • Able to implement the use of cross-platform mobile suites like Antenna and AMP (Accounting-Management-Promotion).

5. Business Capability

Business capability and expertise is essential to win over the competition. Many people may overlook this detail, but business skills tend to play a critical role in this field. As I have mentioned, it is necessary for an app to be able to stand out amongst the competition. This is not only achieved by the app’s highly praised user experience, but it needs to get seen first. Developers must know how to optimize an application’s visibility in the list of the available applications of the same category. Just like all other components, the business and marketing side of app development should be taken seriously.

As a professional Xamarin mobile app developer, I am highly trained in all of the above aspects of app development. Feel free to contact me should you like to take advantage of my specific skill sets which can aid you in the roll-out of a highly successful and user friendly mobile application.

I am a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer with over 20 years experience as a software engineer and 8+ years experience with .NET C#/VB development.


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