Mobile application development is and has been a hot topic for many years, and for the entire time, developers have often had to figure things out on their own. There are many choices a developer will make when deciding to build a mobile application, including the operating system(s) they intend to support, what language(s) they want to use, how they want to get their application to their users, and many others.
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You've just had an idea. You want to create the next FlappyBird. This one will be bigger, better, and filled with micro-transactions!
Or, you want to solve a problem using the ever evolving smartphone and make the world a better place.
Sounds great! Let's explore some potential reasons for building the app and what doing so may involve - assuming someone hasn't already created your app idea.
Last night the fifth summer of the 9-week ISE Coding Garage program came to a close with 26 students presenting their mobile apps for a chance at $850 in prizes. In early June, the program started with 47 self-driven students working on their own apps and ended yesterday as 13 apps were presented for judging.
The end goal of the ISE Coding Garage is for each participant to create a mobile app for a chance at winning prize money. But, we have always wanted it to be more than that. Throughout the summer each session begins with learning something. From using Slack to communicate and backing up code on GitHub, to enhancing presentation skills - these are all tools and skills that will be needed in college or beyond in future careers (we use all extensively at ISE).