Democracy isn’t only about politics. It’s also an animal thing in that it almost mirrors the growth and evolution of humans into higher forms with the aid of available tools to do things better. Speaking of doing things better, it’s visible in almost every human endeavour, including the creation and propagation of software.
In the beginning very few knew or had any clue on how to develop software which took its time to reach the grassroots. Evolution and needs brought about mobile sdk development, short for ‘Software Development Kits” which while making things simpler and easy, also helps reduce the need for going back and forth and thus helps save time and money. In the process, SDKs have opened the field of software creation, and more particularly apps, to everyone who has even an iota of knowledge of software or otherwise have great ideas which can be converted to great apps.
As to why SDKs make sense:
- Nothing can be missed out
A well-built SDK always has a particular order of doing things which essentially starts with understanding and documenting needs. With its share of inbuilt libraries, proprietary documents, requisite subject-wise coding and guides, it helps create water-tight apps that besides being complete in most essential respects, also integrate well with other API, SDKs and apps.
- Faster & more robust app creation
With things falling in place from the very beginning, and the chances of trial-and-error being reduced drastically, one gets robust apps right from the word go. Things thus happen fast with very little room for errors or mistakes. Quality SDKs thus make the work of app creation very effective and efficient, besides helping speed-up the process of overall software development and receipts.
- Better integration with other apps
Well-formulated SDKs take care of not only the creation of feature-rich apps with the right UX and UI but in doing so take care of properly integrating it with the main android/ ios systems installed in most gadgets. Apps that do not go thru well-defined apps run the risk of either hurting the mother app or having itself mutilated by the features of the larger apps. With more than a single app having to be synced to get the right effect, integration is very, very essential.
- Better reporting of issues while creating app and later
Most SDKs have well-defined documentation that record issues that may arise either during development or even later which invariably helps fine-tune the app after its creation to attain the perfect state. That said, the documentation that goes with good SDKs also help develop newer versions of the app with more and better features.
- Better hold over essential issues like storage and UX-UI
Apps make sense if they have the right storage integrated to the main android/ ios systems besides great UX-UI. It’s a fact that most ill-conceived apps made either without a SDK or an ill-defined SDK invariably have storage issues either immediate or with the passage of time besides affecting the UX-UI of the new software.
What do most SDKs contain?
Most SDKs contain therein checklists and documents essential to the layout of the software, libraries, samples of likely codes, processes and help guides for software makers be it of the app itself or the mother app where it shall finally be integrated. These typically use programming language. Android SDK is used to create apps for Android, iOS SDK for iOS apps. Integration is brough about using the likes of VMware SDK and Nordic SDK for Bluetooth and other wireless integration.
Downsides of using SDK
SDKs are standardized programs to make apps for gadgets with standard features. And it’s precisely here that problems arise. “Standardized” may mean many thing to many people. What if the app being planned has more features than the SDK can support or what if the SDK distorts the app being made and does not help with integration? There being no standardization, it thus makes sense to use only the best SDK for creating apps.