App Design Singapore | Our Development Process

App Design Process

Most software applications that are developed these days are less of a single entity, and more a collection of separate processes that all pull together to make a single program. Each component, within a piece of software works alongside other components to achieve certain tasks, providing end users with a desired result.

Bespoke software development relies on extensive knowledge of the different coding approaches to given challenges. It is the code structure within a program that instructs a computer or operating system how to manage stored data and how to display it properly to a user. This can range from tasks involving simple mathematical calculations, all the way to artificially intelligent processes that enable machine learning and resulting actions.

To create code that functions in the manner in which it was envisaged, a programmer will likely go through a series of iterations before finalizing its functionality. Our app development process will involve a collaborative approach to design, involving many team members, finally resulting in a period of fault finding and debugging to ensure that the individual elements are functional.

Completing an enterprise scale development project requires a team that possesses a diverse set of technical skills and expertise. From concept design experts, to design engineers who are skilled at creating the UI, and user functionality of the software. It is important to work with a development partner who can support with that wide range of personalities needed to pull all the pieces together.

Our app design and development process here at Red Sky Digital Singapore is focused on you and your needs, and begins with us asembling the best team for your project. We will then design and architect the most suitable solution to address your specific challenge. In the paragraph here below we will describe exactly what you can expect when working with Red Sky Digital.

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Breakdown of our Development Workflow

Review of Requirements, Input, and Definition of Project Goals

To begin with we will sit down and consult with you and our team to evaluate exactly what problems you are facing. We will then take this information back to our engineering team and turn that information into a basic design concept of a solution that we think will work. This is an absolutely essential stage of the process and proper investment of time and energy in this process will yield superior results. With the concept design done we will have a document drawn up detailing the technical specifications along with the frameworks and technology we plan on utilizing in the end system. This document will enable both parties to agree on a roadmap for the project together before getting started. The creation of the requirements document should also allow us to identify challenges upfront, and address these within the app design before starting upon the build process.

Coding of Defined Components

When we have completed the consultation phase we can then move onto the development component. We stringently follow the industry standard MVC style of software development throughout each project delivery cycle. Our developers will commence development and write the executable code which, as mentioned, will be written in the selected core language. At various intervals throughout the project we will compile the code into a standalone application for the purposes of debugging and testing. We will also evaluate whether or not pre-built codes could be leveraged to improve and speed up development.

Reviewing of Code with Development Team Members

Most code that is produced should target a single solution or method to produce the desired effect. As much as in any other profession, individual programmers will have differing skills and experiences to draw upon during a project. It is therefore desirable to have a spare set of eyes evaluating and reviewing codes using external knowledge and expertise. We refer to this practice as pair programming. This peer review process also helps unify our team and develop additional skills through peer learning.

Compiling and Testing of Source Code

We also need to ensure that the software we are developing and the code that it is composed of can be executed on all commonly found systems. Our software developers will often use very high-end computers specifically designed for programmers, which do not always simulate real-world user experience. To ensure that our code runs on a variety of different OS and hardware types, we will create test cases to support many scenarios, involving a range of platforms.

With the hardware compatibility testing completed we will move onto software compatibility testing. Typically developers will build code to support the last few versions of an OS or browser type. Test cases will be written to cover these versions, and extensive compatibility testing is conducted to ensure that minimum support is there. In the case of Google Android this process can involve some significant effort as there are simply thousands of varying Android devices on the market.

Code Repositories and Versioning

When an agency accepts a project that has a significant scope it is important to implement an effective code library. A code library is essentially a repository of the individual elements and source codes that form the components of the software. Within the library each component is stored with a version number and edits are tracked to individual software developers on the team so that changes can be tracked. Typically a release contains a series of components with specific version numbers.

Debugging and Fixing of Errors

Once our app development team has identified an error within source code that we have developed we will attempt to identify and rectify the problem. To do this we utilize a process known as “debugging”, which allows us to detect what the cause of the given issue is. Often rectifying a big involves rewriting the code in a way that will perform the task better. Debugging is a vital part of the development process.

Investment into professional debugging tools and technology can help expedite this process. Use of tools significantly eases the fault-finding process, allowing the development team to produce a visual guide and track interactivity. Leveraging upon graphical displays and advanced debugging tools it is possible to review code and trace logs to perform in depth root cause analysis.

Often, following the acceptance and final testing phase of a project, clients decide they would like to add additional features and functionality. The good news is that at Red Sky Digital we develop our programs in a modular and scalable way and are all too happy to enhance programs in further development phases. Our only advice here would be that its generally better to move forward in small release cycles and get something live with limited functionality, before trying to add to it. Once a system is live and active, momentum builds and results begin to take shape.

Constructive Team Working

Regardless of the number of times that we have run, a specific type of engagement, each new project that we undertake is unique to us and treated with the highest priority. To ensure that we can meet your standards we assemble our best team available to complete your project and set out our expectations on delivery excellence before we get started. The type of team that we assign will be tailored to each engagement, and the optimum personnel will be involved. Collaboration between our team and your team is crucial, and thus the balance of personalities should be just right.

Depending on the approach and project size we may allocate a small lean team, a large enterprise waterfall approach, or an agile working group. Again, this will be determined during our initial discussions together and the exact make up of our working group will be communicated clearly at the time. Whichever team approach we opt for it is important that you as a customer are heavily involved in the delivery process. Regular feedback and end user testing is key.

Throughout the development process we will always look to consult with you, offering advice on best direction for the project. Our consultants will often pay you a visit where needed to gather input on ongoing projects.

In Summary

Developing good custom software requires a careful, studious approach, and it is important to get it right the first time. We simply love providing our clients with fantastic digital solutions, and our carefully balanced app development approach, ensures that we deliver on each and every project.

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