4 Top Programming Languages for App Development

February 8, 2016

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The mobile marketing has exploded over the last couple of years, together with App Development. Furthermore, with more and more smart watches now coming in to the market, mobile App Development has become very sought after profession. While hiring an app developers might be an easy task, knowing the language you want to develop your app in is a lot harder.

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If you’ve already got a concept for an app, had it designed and now reached the development stage, this article is a must. The first step is to choose your programming language.



This language has been around for ages and is known as the language for most web browsers and  apps. The major advantage of JavaScript is that it can be used for cross-browser development and on a variety of different platforms. For developers that are just getting into the coding world, it is a relatively easy programming language to learn after HTML and CSS. Being client-side, JavaScript is very fast as many of the code functions can be run immediately instead of having to contact the server. Regarding working with other languages, JavaScript is pretty Versatile and plays nicely with other programming languages.



If you are developing a Windows Phone app then you will probably come across C#.

C-Sharp is an object-oriented programming language like Java, and it is based on the classical C-type languages. It is a simple, modern and general-purpose language. The major advantage of learning C based langauage is that is serves as the basic foundation of other big name languages such as Python, C++, and Java. Furthermore, it is based on reflection mechanism, which is the biggest advantage of C#



If you’re looking to create an app for iPhones or iPads, in other words IOS development, Objective-C will be the programming language you will use. Objective-C is based off of the C programming language but is much easier to use. It’s syntax is small, easy to learn and object-oriented. An advantage of this language is its dynamic binding, which provides flexibility for developers to express in app design without constraint. Furthermore it allows you to access functionality on the phone or tablet, giving you complete control over its functions. For example, you might have to access the phones, camera or location services.



With HTML5 you won’t really develop an APP either a web application with is browser based. HTML5 has gained in popularity over the last two years but still has its restrictions. for example it doesn’t work well with Internet Explorer. Although based on the basic HTML, HTML5 is classed among some to be a relatively new language, and therefore it can be harder to find programmers that are proficient in this language. If you develop an HTML5 app, you wont be able to upload it to the app store and sell it. Please read Apple’s policy about this. The major advantage about developing in HTML5 is that it offers offline caching. This means that specific elements on a webpage within an app can be loaded even if internet connection is lost.

Obviously you don’t have to know all of the 4 programming languages above, but it is best to know which language is best for you. Knowing the pros and cons of each language will allow your app to work more efficiently on a variety of devices. If you need help with your app or are not sure which programming language you should be using, don’t hesitate to contact our team of developers. We are always more than happy to help

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