If you are looking for an exciting career that is at the forefront of modern technology, then you might be interested in learning about the field of application development. Applications (or apps, for short) are computer programs that are downloaded to mobile devices, and are used for everything from reserving a table at a restaurant to playing a game of virtual chess. When it comes to mobile apps, there is no limit to what you can create, other than your creativity and know-how. Want to know what it takes to enter this field? Here are the steps for how to become an app developer:
Decide which platform you which to design for. You may choose to create mobile apps for Blackberry, Android, or Apple mobile devices. Each platform is different and will require specific knowledge and skill. While you can convert your app for different platforms, it is a good idea to choose one to master and specialize in before attempting to design for others.
Practice, practice, practice. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you should not expect to build a runaway hit your first time around. Start simple, with a very basic app, and make sure the app does everything you want it to. Then build on that app to fine-tune your ideas before taking it to market.
Register with the platform of your choosing. Apple will charge you a $99 annual fee to register as an app developer. Google charges much less – a one-time $25 fee. Blackberry charges a one-time $100 fee. In addition to paying a registration fee, you may also have to pay to join the app store as a seller.
If you are interested in becoming an app developer, know that you can potentially make millions on your apps . . . or nothing. Competition is fierce and you must have what it takes (and do what it takes) to stand out in the densely populated app developer crowd. Follow these steps to pursue a career in app development, and to ensure your best chances of success.
About the Author: Kimi Thomassen spent a few months learning about app development before hooking up with a group of Android developers to really learn the ropes. If you have great app ideas, you simply have to go for it!