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How Can You Employ An Effective Hybrid App Development Process?

By: JayPatel

Are you looking to develop an app which is completely a new idea? Have you decided on which platform you are going to create your app? Creating an app for every platform can be a daunting task. The same app for iOS, Android and Windows can be costly too. Hybrid apps can be a productive option in the terms of cost, time, and resources.

Hybrid apps are same as any other app you encounter. The fact that makes the hybrid apps special is that it is compatible with more than one operating platform. An interesting point about the hybrid app is that it can be a gaming app, e-commerce app, social media app, etc and you can perform all the functions that a native app does. It is not an app that is put together in hurry to conquer multiple platforms as people believe. Hybrid apps have grown robust over the years providing a cost-effective and faster deployable solution to app development companies.

In spite of that, hybrid apps come with its fair portion of issues. Due to this many times, developers have to cut behind on advanced graphics and performance features that only native apps can provide. But still, hybrid apps are a better option for deploying an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) for your app. Many Mobile App Development companies are using hybrid apps for releasing MVP version of their app and later introducing native apps once they are successful.

You can also introduce your app with a hybrid background for the alpha version. Here are some tips to employ for an effective hybrid app development process.

Keep the codebase brief

To grant your hybrid app some speed on all platforms and make it perform optimally you have to keep a brief codebase. That will eventually take the app less time to load hence increasing the loading speed of your app. You can also use tools like jscompress or csminifier to compress your CSS, JS or HTML codes. Even if you want to change your code after the development, you can do it with ease because of its brief nature.

Many developers also use external libraries to reduce repetitive task. But external libraries can slow down the performance of the app. Hybrid frameworks have included many libraries in their framework making it easy to use and reducing the use of external libraries. So you can also stick to default libraries included in the framework to make your codebase compact.

Use Caching to reduce server requests

Hybrid apps are known to use a large amount of data storage but the latest frameworks like iconic enable hybrid apps to use local storage which reduces the server requests and responses to a very effective level. Every time you open your app the static and dynamic data will be fetched from your device instead of requesting the same data from the server. Reduced network traffic can speed up the loading time of the app hence enhancing the performance of the app. Caching is really helpful for a new app that wants to come up in the market as a fast app.

Introduce with light UI

UI is the main factor that has a firm control over any app. Rich graphics designs, gradients, advanced animation can make your app irresistible, but it can also reduce the app speed and affect the app performance. A not so primitive plane design can be a better option for a new app. You can save also use CSS sprite sheet to reduce server requests and enhance the app performance. You can also reduce inline styling in the CSS page instead you can create a separate CSS page just for styling. Any future changes in the design can easily be done if you have a separate file for design. Use images that are not scaled in HTML. You can use JS for saving UI design on the client-side instead on the server-side.

Perform end-to-end automated testing

If you ask any good development company they can’t emphasize enough about the importance of testing. Testing your app can help you improve the design of your app, load speed and performance of your app. And when your app is a hybrid the testing becomes more important. There are various tools available for unit testing like Istanbul, Browser-perf, and New relic that can help you solve issues of the app on the basis of codebase strength, performance, and app response.

In the argument about the better app, hybrid or native you cannot deny the merits of the hybrid app. They are easy to develop and even cost-effective and is good on performance basis in compared to native apps. No doubt hybrid apps are not the final destination. You can develop your app on the native platform if your hybrid app takes off good in the business. So if you want your hybrid app to take off you can follow the above tips for effective app development process and have a successful app.


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