Yesterday CNN announced the best jobs in America. With factors like median pay, job growth opportunity, and quality of life, the Mobile App Developer came in at #1. While this may be somewhat of a surprise given the ephemeral nature of mobile apps, CNN puts it best: “…mobile app developers get to create something that can reach millions of people on a daily basis.”

So, as a mobile developer who has a newly minted #1 spot on top of the CNN rankings, how do you ensure you are building apps that your users love? Below are the top criteria to consider.

  1. Don’t keep your users waiting: How do your users access app data? Does your app need to run to the cloud every time a user accesses it, or is the data local on the device? Does your app require a network connection to work?  According to Forrester Research’s report The Offline Mobile Challenge, offline capability will be “a consideration for nearly every future modern application” and is “often the most important and difficult mobile feature” to implement. Build in offline capabilities from the start. You shouldn’t expect your users to rely on an internet connection to use your app.
     

  2. Build for all devices and platforms: Don’t make life hard. Most likely you’re going to build your app for Android, iOS, phones, tablets, and maybe even wearables and Apple TV. Pick a technology that allows you to build your apps across multiple platforms and devices.
     

  3. Amazing and intuitive UI: This is straightforward but oh so important. Building a user interface that’s clean, easy to use, and intuitive is more challenging than you think. Focus on three things: delight, usability and functionality.
     

  4. Technical simplicity: When you develop your mobile apps, there are hundreds, even thousands, of technologies to choose from. Consolidating technology stacks and layers can help. Evaluate your needs and choose a technology stack that provides a solution at every tier in your application so you don’t have to spend your time piecing together different technologies.
     

  5. Time to market: Odds are you’re not planning on spending years to build your mobile app. If you plan to sync data from mobile devices to the cloud, are you going to build or buy that capability? How fast can you prototype? Evaluate the must-have's and the nice-to-have's. App functionality should be a top priority.
     

  6. Security: Does your app require and/or use sensitive user information? If it does, how are you securing your data on the device and in transport to the cloud? If your app requires it, then security should be a top requirement. Picking a technology provider that gives you built-in security makes your job as an app developer much easier.
     

  7. Plan for virality: Your goal is to go viral. Will your infrastructure support that? Can you scale out as demand increases? The best mobile app developers care about the performance and scalability of their apps. Choose technologies that enable this.

As you take the above criteria into account, choosing the infrastructure to support your mobile development needs is crucial.

Couchbase, a NoSQL database platform, enables developers to:

  • Build mobile apps that work offline
  • Work directly with JSON
  • Build cross-platform including iOS, Android, OS X, Android, Linux, Windows and more
  • Address the needs at every tier in the database stack, including on the device, over the internet, and in the cloud
  • Automatically sync data to and from the cloud and other devices
  • Securely store data on device and encrypt data to/from the cloud
  • Scale out based on demand and maintain high app performance

With Couchbase, you can focus on building amazing apps your users will love.

Get started with Couchbase Mobile today and start building mobile apps that are always available, super scalable, and extremely fast.

Posted by Ali LeClerc, Product Marketing Manager, Mobile, Couchbase

Ali LeClerc is the Product Marketing Manager for Couchbase Mobile, where she manages and executes the worldwide marketing strategy for their mobile products. She joined Couchbase in 2011 to drive open source product adoption and awareness. Prior to her time at Couchbase, Ali held multiple marketing positions at Time Warner. She earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University in political science.

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