Android, the largest mobile platform of today has more than 2.3 million apps. Amazingly, a new app is released on Google Play in every 14 seconds. Look at these statistics from Statisa.com (See Figure 1 below).
These numbers let us learn how fast the mobile world has become now. New businesses and existing app-owners are trying hard to push apps and reach more customers. On the other hand, app users are never willing to bear with delays, lags, errors and several other things that might negatively affect the user experience, particularly if the requisite care isn’t taken during the implementation phase.
Another reality of the app development is that no app goes free of bugs or errors even after going through several rigorous testing processes. Developers find issues with their code and fix them and then implement the app as soon as possible. Fixing issues should neither take too much of time nor should compromise the quality of the end product. But it does. The implementation of an app may turn out to be more critical than the development.
Thank god, the whole technology world now has all its focus on smart mobility. Smart mobility and mobile app development have become the fastest evolving technologies. There are the right people, the right technologies, and the right strategy to help developers avoid going a wrong direction at any stage of the app implementation.
Allow me to share some best of the tips that help you design a workflow generating almost no errors so that implementation time can be reduced.
#1. Keep logs maintained to rapidly catch issues even before they happen.
An application log file keeps records of events, errors, and warnings logged by the app. It helps developer catch issues and potential problems before they happen. But a problem may still arise. Here the logging file helps developers analyze why it might have occurred. With the same logging file, developers are able to explore the history of earlier version updates which they can restore from.
There are two options for application logging. First, you create your own framework. The second one is that you utilize a readily available solution. While it’s not difficult to create your own logging for your app because it’s wholly your decision, readily available tools also work quite effectively and can easily be applied to a project. You can visit Python Logging Basics – The Ultimate Guide to Logging to learn more about creating a system that helps you find problems before they happen.
#2. Bringing in batching to rapidly spot errors breakdowns
Developers have better control when releasing updates in batches than releasing them at once. Batching easily spots which part of an app has got an issue. When the amount of changes is reduced in every update with batching, developers can easily spot issues caused by errors and breakdowns.
Contrary to it, you may require countless hours to hunt where things went wrong after you updated your app without batching. You can make batching further easier if you use batching automation tools, like Compuware, Helpsystems and Microsystems’ Automation Batch Tools.
#3. Set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to standard success
KPIs play a significant role in delivering success to an app. But you should spot your app’s KPIs early during the development process. This will help you not only recognize the success of your app but also notice areas of improvements. The type of an app decides which KPIs should be chosen. Here are the most common KPIs in the world.
- The number of app downloads
- App opening frequency
- New users
- Returning users
- App retention rate
- Session length
- Users to customers conversion rate
When you know your KPIs, you can prepare your app for different user-trends.
#4. Setting up a testing
You can also set up a testing system to effectively implement your app. The testing is a way to ensure that everything is working fine at its place and, the newest deployment can be launched without anything to go wrong. You can perform sample tests for a variety of aspects of user experience, such as logins, main pages, and APIs. Please note that always choose the testing methods that suit your implementation size.
There are already several tools that help developers automate the testing process. With these tools, you can perform a test for a number of things like functionality, performance, memory leakage, and security.
#5. Deployment tracking software
When new updates are continuously applied to an app, it’s necessary that you have a system that tracks these changes in the real-time. With such a system, developers are able to relate new updates to prior implementations and know how they have affected the preset KPIs.
But errors will still occur even after relying on the best of the testing, code automation, error finding systems. This is where deployment tracking software, like Raygun or Airbrake, will help developers cut down time spent in searching errors.
These systems help developers quickly find an error in a newly released code and solve it.
The success of an app heavily depends on how pain-free are the changes-related deployments. Also, how easily you can find them and then push fixes in the updates without any compromise in terms quality or without any delay.