The mobile requirement that influences so much of modern app development was once a formidable obstacle. The gaps between target platforms were so wide that developers had to code separate versions of their app to reach each market. Today, the barriers are lower. So many tools and resources are available for developers of all backgrounds that it’s impossible to claim making a mobile app is too difficult.
For many developers, the challenge comes down to having a siloed skillset. Some can code up an iOS app in no time, but set them to task on an Android app, and it’s slow going. For C# developers, products like Syncfusion Orubase and Xamarin.Forms make development for multiple mobile platforms an achievable goal.
New technologies like these are popping up constantly. Just last month, Intel debuted its own suite of cross-platform tools, INDE, to help C++ and Java developers use their skills to reach Windows Phone and Android devices.
Even programming novices have access to tools that abstract mobile development to a drag-and-drop environment. One such tool is the Windows App Studio, a Microsoft program aimed at lowering the barriers to entry for Windows development, especially for Windows Phone. Even though it’s only been around for fifteen months, the Windows App Studio has been responsible for fostering more than one million development projects, and nearly 50,000 of those have been published to the Windows Store.
Where this tool succeeds is its immediate accessibility. With only a Microsoft account, anyone can immediately begin putting together their own Windows Phone app without being intimidated by code or complex development environments. It provides an easy-to-navigate web interface for users to design their app, from adding UI components, to embedding social media feeds, to applying uniform themes to give their apps a professional look. Newbies can even use the Windows App Studio to build an app that integrates with Cortana, the intelligent personal assistant, but that takes a little more work.