Any person with basic programming skills can develop an app. In fact, there are a number of android & IOS developers in Singapore out there. The question is, how you can stand out from the rest of the developers? How can you become a successful mobile app developer? How can you make employers come knocking on your door?
A college degree in computer science
To be a programmer or to be a mobile app developer, you do not need any academic qualifications. In fact, there are a number of famous and successful programmers who do not even have a basic degree. However, what they have, is extremely good programming skills. Now, that is not something that comes to each and every programmer by default. A college curriculum can help to hone the skills of a programmer. It can make a good programmer, a great programmer. In order to land a software job in most of the software companies nowadays, you need a degree in computer science. Many of the companies will not even consider you without one in your resume, especially if you are a fresher straight out of college. Of course, experience counts, however, in order to get that experience, you need to start somewhere. A college degree in computer science can help to develop your skills, and get you more exposure with the software companies.
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Knowledge of multiple programming languages
Having a good knowledge in multiple programming languages can get you more opportunities with companies. Even if you are a freelance mobile app developer, the ability to write codes in different programming languages can help you to develop various apps for different companies. Now, each language has its own benefits and uses. Java and Swift are ideal if you are looking to develop apps for two of the major mobile operating systems. The Android OS of Google uses Java as the basis of all Android apps. Currently, 60% of the world’s mobile devices run Android. Java has huge potential as a coding language. Swift is a programming language from Apple for iOS. Its simplicity has already made it a very popular coding language. Having a good knowledge of programming languages such as PHP, HTML5, Objective-C, C++, Python, Visual Basic.NET, and Ruby can certainly give you an edge in the mobile app development world.
Having good UX/UI design skills can also set you apart from the rest of the mobile app developers. There are millions of apps in the market nowadays. Hence, it is essential that your app has an attractive design, is easy to deploy, and easy to use, if you want your app to gain popularity, and make money for you. There have been various messaging apps even before WhatsApp came into the picture. The popularity of WhatApp can be mainly attributed to its simple design and its ease of use. Chatting, sending pictures/videos has been not so easy before WhatsApp.
Familiarity with mobile platform APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) such as Symbian, andWindows Mobile can help as well. The success of an app, to a large extent, depends on to cross-platform compatibility. Users would want your app from Apple App store, Google Play store, and from BlackBerry World.
Experience in Agile Methodologies
Agile Methodologies constitutes a set of principle for software development. Strong collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams helps to create solutions. Agile Methodologies promote planning, development, and delivery. It aims to provide continuous improvement. It basically is working together to achieve a common goal. If you have experience in working in this kind of environment, your resume will be preferred over many others, since, in the mobile app field, agile software development is the most common way of working.
A good mobile app developer’s responsibility does not end with developing an app. He/she should test it as well, and improve the app if required. It should be ensured that the functionality and the quality of the app are in line with the requirements of the client.
The job market for mobile app developers is already big. The coming years will only see it growing. Based on the surveys conducted in the mobile app market, 300,000 new mobile app development jobs will be created by 2020.