App Accomplished Strategies for App Development Success

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 7/18/2014
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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Build Great Apps: End-to-End Processes, Tools, and Management Tips for Doing It Right!
Foreword by Kyle Richter, CEO, MartianCraft

Today, successful apps are complex software projects. You can’t just knock them off in a weekend--and, worse, many common programming habits don’t work well in mobile. You need skills, processes, tools, management techniques, and best practices that are honed for mobile platforms and realities. In App Accomplished, top mobile developer Carl Brown provides all that--so you can run your entire project effectively and get the answers you need right now.

Whether you’re writing your own code or contracting out, you’ll find hard-won guidance for your entire app development life cycle. Brown guides you step-by-step from planning and design through testing and updates. Through case studies drawn from his immense experience, he reveals why so many app projects fail--and how to avoid the mistakes that derailed them.

When it comes to apps, a great idea isn’t enough: You have to execute. This is the first book that shows you how.
  • Understand mobile-specific issues that lead even experienced developers astray
  • Find developers who can do a great job with your unique app at a fair price
  • Define the requirements you need to create accurate schedules and budgets
  • Work with developers to get the best possible results
  • Manage and communicate effectively to avoid cost overruns
  • Solve problems before they get out of control
  • Develop wireframes and prototypes that clarify the user’s core experience
  • Choose app components, from servers to data storage
  • Select tools for source control, testing, project tracking, and more
  • Identify and fill crucial skills gaps
  • Estimate the quality of the app you’re building
  • Efficiently test and debug your app
  • Recover from App Store rejection
  • Leverage user feedback to help plan your next release
  • Determine when an existing project is too far off course to fix

Author Biography

Carl Brown (@CarlBrwn) started writing software for client companies while working at EDS in 1993. He became enamored of developing for mobile connected devices in 2005, starting with the Palm VII and moving on to Windows CE. Since 2008, he’s been focused primarily on the iOS app market (with some Android thrown in). He’s worked on dozens of apps, starting with the Calorie Tracker for LIVESTRONG.com. He’s also been brought in to rescue a number of troubled or failing app projects, with varied success. He’s a frequent speaker at the annual 360iDev iOS developer conference and a speaker and organizer with CocoaCoder.org, the largest Mac and iOS developer meet-up group in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

1. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
2. The App Development Lifecycle
3. Prototyping Your App
4. Determining Your app's components
5. Finding the Right Tools
6. Skill Gap Analysis
7. Finding a Developer
8. Interviewing a Developer
9. Managing to Milestones
10. Understanding What You're Getting
11. Pulling the Plug Early
12. Managing to Bugs
13. Testing
14. Submission and Beyond

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