How to Create an App (Part III)

Step 5: Start Defining the Back End of Your App

We left off with your wireframe. At this state in your app creating, you have a storyboard of how you would like your app to operate.  Now it’s time to use that storyboard to start assessing functionality.

Using your wireframe, you must delineate your APIs, data diagrams, and servers. There are some good DIY app builders that can give you the tools to simply do this.  A few of them do if for you.  If you’re not sure of what this technical jargon means, you should perhaps use a service that offers hosting and a way of gathering data on your app usage.

It doesn’t matter what method you pick to use to progress your app, it is vital that well-defined diagrams are made as they will act as the directions for all those working on your project.  Should you come across any technical issues, you should change your wireframe to reflect any changes.

Look at these back-end services:

  • www.parse.com
  • www.applicasa.com
  • www.kinvey.com

Step 6: Check Your Model

Here’s when you should call in the troops.  Present your demo to family, friends and those who will give you constructive criticism.  Don’t waste your time with folks who will just say, “Oh, that’s neat.”  Go to the critics and cynics. Real honesty is critical at this stage.

Don’t be scared to look over their shoulder as they are going over your demo to see how they use things.  If you need to change any of the navigation paths or layouts, do it.  Always have your users in mind and try to follow their logic and not your own.

You must have the brains of your app functioning before you begin adding design to avoid aggravation down the line.

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