iPhone Application Development – Blunders That Can Be Avoided

iPhone has been one of the most unique smart phones in the market, so much so that it can be said that it has the potential of overrunning the competition. The iPhone is not only empowered with the built in features but also has the capability of being customized with other add on features. The innovative strategy of starting the iTunes store to motivate the developers to develop new iPhone applications is worth a eulogy. This move increases the add-on features of the iPhone but also gives the developers a chance to earn money by using their iPhone application development skills.

Mistakes happen in any web development task but only need proper testing after completing it because in first attempt there may be possibility of errors. iPhone development is not an easy task and very new in the market so with simple tracking and expert knowledge will he to avoid few silly mistakes without any extra research.

There have been cases where the applications have not worked just because of blunders on the part of the application developer. Some of the most common mistakes that can be avoided are as follows.

Do Not Experiment:

Enough effort has been put in to develop the user interface that is currently being used in various applications. The developer will find lot of UI elements in the library of the SDK. There is hardly any need of developing a new UI. On the other hand it is possible that if you try to experiment and build a new UI it may complicate the matter and make the application unreliable. Thus it is always better to keep the application as simple as possible. There is no need of customizing the sidebars, buttons, tables and dialogs that you get from the SDK.

Right Resolution:

The screen of the iPhone is comparatively smaller than that of the laptop. So the developer may be tempted to embed large graphics in the application for better resolution but this usually backfires. A large graphic adds load to the application and finally slows it. When a small graphic can serve the purpose there is hardly any need to use a large graphic. The resolution can be perfect with small graphics too. This all depends on the technical expertise and experience of the application developer. One can embed two dimensional and three dimensional animations with the best of resolutions.

Job work:

There are a number of iPhone application developers that try developing multiple applications simultaneously. The developer should understand that the each application needs to deal with differently and with individual attention. Usually when the application developer takes multiple job work, he/she ends up mixing the application leading to utter confusion. This could lead to waste of time, money and resources not only on the part of the developer but also the client and final user.

It is better to avail the services of a professional iPhone application developer who has enough experience at delivering quality application and fulfilling the commitments made.

Let’s Hear It For Web 0.1!

It’s November 2006. So far the Web 2.0 bubble hasn’t burst. Here’s my attempt to put a pin-prick in it.

Don’t know what Web 2.0 is? It’s the notion that the next phase of web development is based on user-generated content. _You_ don’t have to write it, your visitors will.

– You get a CMS (a Content Management System, like PHPNuke).

– Users write reviews, blogs, forum posts (Webmasterworld.com).

– Search engines index this stuff (Google.com).

– Users tell their pals about it (MySpace.Com).

– You spend a few thousand bucks, or a few million, depending on how good your chief coder is.

– The thing sells itself (Digg.Com).

– You add contextual ads (Google Adsense).

– Fire off a couple of emails a day, and bank your cheques.

For the small-to-medium webmaster, this can be the route to disaster. Here’s my experience.

See, I was in favour of user contribution. Gives people something to _do_ on a site. If it’s any good, they’ll tell their pals. More traffic.

So I have chat rooms, a forum, a MySpace clone, a dating service, contact forms, ebooks, free software, the whole shebang. All humming away, all bringing in links, all keeping my visitors amused and informed.

Only problem is, the set-up time. The maintenance. The customisation. The search engine optimisation. The hacking attempts. The anti-hacking. The bug fixes. The security updates. The swearing filters. The troll kicking. The screeching. The spamming.

More bandwidth, more databases, more time, more money, more worry.

YouTube.com is a good example. Their business model is using pirated content. They have to police users. Bandwidth costs must be huge. Where’s the money going to come from: ads in pirated videos? Gimme a break.

For any web business, the basic questions are:

– What makes the money?

– What helps make the money?

– Where is the net profit coming from?

Could your site be better served by static HTML pages which you update once every six months? If your site is purely informational, it’s worth considering.

My epiphany came when first some Bahraini hackers clobbered a site of mine. I fixed it. Then some Turkish ones had a go. So I changed to a different CMS. So far, so good, until I realised I would have to constantly update this thing.

It then dawned on me that using a text-to-HTML converter (Text2html) and an index generator (dirhtml) meant simple text files could be turned into a basic site quickly.

You write it, format it, tart it up in Dreamweaver, index it, FTP it and voila!; a mini site without the upgrade headaches.

A CMS has some handy features, but pure HTML lets you sleep easier. Easier to move when the poop hits the air-conditioning, too.

Put it this way: which would you rather own when the Nazis are closing in? Damien Hirst’s ‘Shark In A Tank’ or the Mona Lisa?

I’m starting to think before I put stuff up now. Would simple HTML do just as well? Suppose I have to move web hosts? Will I be able to find one that’ll give me ten MySQL databases at the same price as my current host? And all the other features I need? (Answer: No, I’ve looked).

The first rule of computing is KISS; Keep It Simple, Stupid. With all the brouhaha about Web 2.0, I say, let’s hear it for Web 0.1!

Tips for Choosing the Right Website Development Company

With the help of the right website development company, you will be able to create a website that creates ripples in the internet world. However, it is not that your website development company will land in your lap, on a silver platter. You have to conduct some of your own research to choose the right company that caters to the needs of your business or company.

Go through the portfolio of the website development company
Experience is an important factor to take into consideration when choosing anyone’s services. Looking at the company’s portfolio is the best way for you to find out how good a website development company is. Look for the types of projects the company has done, the number of projects completed so far and if the company has served big or small clients. You will be able to decide whether to do business with the website development company or not, by taking a look at its portfolio. If you want to outsource projects, find out if the company is experienced in outsourcing matters. This is important, to ensure that your work does not reach wrong hands. Check to see if the website development company has a well defined web development process it follows. If the company has no clear cut process that it follows, you find that your project will not be successful. In addition to this, you have to go through the information security policy of the website development company.

Sign an agreement ensuring safety of all your information
This is to ensure that whatever information you provide to the website development company lies and remains in safe hands. In fact, signing a confidential Non Disclosure Agreement ensures that you have a legal binding with the company where you are sure that all the information you provide them remains safe and secure. Of course, also ensure if the company has the right firewall systems, secured VPN and network and restricted employee access systems. Make sure you ask clients of the website construction company about its reliability, professionalism, credibility in work and work efficiency. This gives an idea of the working capacity of the company. Always work with companies that provide you with a single contact for your website development needs. This is because if you are assigned a second person for your project, you just have to explain everything, all over again.

Have an agreement stating the completion date of the project
Once you have got everything clear, and have clearly defined your needs and prerequisites, it is important for you to ensure that you have an agreement stating the completion date of the project. This is to ensure that your website is produced as you want it, whenever you want it. Make sure all doubts are cleared, and that the website development company has understood what you want them to do. Once this is all done, you can rest assured that your website will soon be ready for you to use.