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Small Budget Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools Compared - Featured

Small Budget Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools Compared – 2017

If you’ve read my cross-platform guide for free tools but found you need more services and support, you’ve come to the right place. And if you choose a small budget tool, you will give your mobile project a real fighting chance in the marketplace.

Free Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools Compared – 2017

As a developer with personal projects, I rarely commit to dropping loads of cash on my pet ideas. I prefer to hack something together rather than pay for a tool to shrink my development time. As a cost risk, I consider time less valuable than my limited supply of discretionary funds— that is, until my side-app hits it big and I rake in the billions. So this list includes open source and free-to-use tools that any developer can use immediately.

Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools Compared – 2017

Budgets are limited, and time even more so. When you’re under the gun to deliver a great mobile experience, the road map for building an iOS, an Android, and a Windows application stretches farther than any executive could permit. Even when you answer solely to yourself, the demands of jaded mobile users will push you to your limits.
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What Is Rapid Application Development?

Conceived in the 1980s, rapid application development, or RAD, was the first development methodology to challenge traditional waterfall development practices. Though often mistaken for a specific model, rapid application development is the idea that we benefit by treating our software projects like clay, rather than steel.

Software is a unique engineering structure because it is transient. With traditional engineering projects like bridge construction, engineers cannot begin to build a bridge then change their minds half way through the process—that’s pure chaos. But a bridge built in software? Engineers can change that every day. RAD takes advantage of this by emphasizing rapid prototyping over costly planning. (more…)

Why Developers Fear Low-Code #4: Move Fast Break Things

This is the fourth in a multi-part series that examines the negative reactions developers have to low-code platforms. If you’re a completionist like me, you will want to read the previous posts before you continue: Low-Code Replaces DevelopersLow-Code is a Black Box Solution, and Low-Code is Not Code.

“Move fast break things,” is today’s de facto startup motto. The idiom implies that a few bugs are okay as long as you’re fast. Despite distancing the company from this belief in 2014, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg popularized this idea as a positive attribute of early product development. And the axiom remains: moving fast results in broken work. (more…)

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Why Developers Fear Low-Code #3: It’s Not Code

For a growing number of business concerns, low-code is the way forward. It's a streamlined development process faster than any that's come before it. This does not mean a loss of the passion for coding. It just means putting what you do into a bigger picture.
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Why Developers Fear Low-Code #2: Black Box Solutions

When I talk low-code platforms with developers, they assure me that they are treacherous black boxes from hell. And they can't afford to run mission-critical services on something they can't control. This logic seems sound – at first. But, it's really not. I'll explain why by shining a different light on black boxes so your team can take comfort in low-code platforms instead of fearing them.
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Why Developers Fear Low-Code #1: It Replaces Them

In mid-2016, I evaluated the upcoming OutSystems 10 release as a native mobile developer. I knew little of web development and nothing of low-code platforms. After slogging through tutorials, it hit me. I was creating complex products without as much as a blink. And this tool was significantly easier to learn than traditional software development. I began to get excited! A platform this powerful could accelerate the development process, bring products to market at startling rates, and replace— me!?... Excitement faded. Fear set in.