Moblie apps are an integral part of many customers’ user experience. If you want your business to stay competitive in the age of rapid technological expansion, your business definitely needs an app for itself. Not only will you improve the experience of your current users or clients, you’ll also be able to reach out to a wider network of people.
If you’re looking to create a mobile app, it is always advisable to engage an experienced developer to give you the best quality possible. However, if you’re up for the challenge, you can always develop one yourself. Here are some common coding languages you can pick up before starting on your mobile app.
If you’re focusing on building Android or Windows based apps, C++ is the best language for you. This language is one of the preferable ones in terms of its performance as it allows you to develop apps for virtually any purpose. It’s not the latest and most trendy of all languages. In fact, C++ has been around for a quite a while now – even before the inception of smartphones.
Learning Resources for C++
Objective-C is the superset of the C-language like C++. However, while everyone else was still relying on C++ for development, Apple decided t continued with Objective-C as its primary language for programming. A lot of similarities can be drawn in terms of functionality between Objective-C and C++ and it comprises of a lot of functions that deal with display like graphics and input/output functions. Objective-C still remains to be the vital component of Apple’s development framework and is integrated to the framework of its iOS and MacOS.
You’ll need to get Xcode, or you can use the GNU Objective-C compiler in a Terminal window to compile and run your program.
Learning Resources for Objective-C
- Concepts in Objective-C Programming and Cocoa Core Competencies – Apple’s official basic documentation for the language and the Cocoa framework.
- Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X – The definitive book for Cocoa newcomers. It’s actually focused on the Cocoa frameworks more than Objective-C, but still invaluable.
- Programming in Objective-C 2.0
Swift is also the other language you’ll need to know if you want to write codes for Apple apps. According to Apple, it was developed to work together with Objective-C although developers would typically work with Swift for complete programming. Swift is also slightly easier to pick up compared to Objective-C. With all the hype growing around Swift, it could be the most valuable language you could pick up.
You’ll need to download Mac OS X Mavericks or later (10.9+) or Install the XCode 7 IDE to start coding in Swift.
Learning Resources for Swift
- Apple Developer’s Website
- Swift Essentials (Udemy, $30)
- Learn Swift 2: The Basics (Lynda, $25 per month)
You’ll need to install an IDE: the most commonly used are Eclipse and Android Studio to code in Java. Alternatively you can also install the Android Software Development Kit (SDK): the Android SDK contains the source code, libraries, development tools and emulator for you to create Android Applications.
- Android Developer Website
- Oracle Java Tutorials
- Android Development for Beginners (Udacity, Free)
- Java Tutorial For Complete Beginners (Udemy, Free)
Learning Resources for HTML 5 :
- Get Started With HTML5
- Learn HTML5 From Scratch (Udemy, Free)
- HTML5 and CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners (Channel9, Free)
Let us know what other languages you think are better to code with in the comments below!