With Application development, one of the thing that is considered a pain point for developers is the effort and time that it takes to complete the features involved within a project. This is especially true for Native app development, as developers prefer cross-platform development to save time and energy. While native development is generally more time consuming, there are many ways that developers can reduce the time it takes to build the entire project. This includes specific small tasks which require extensive coding for features that are not central to the project, yet consume time and energy.
For developers, one simple trick they can use it to adopt the habit of creating modules and saving them in libraries on GitHub. GitHub is a Git repository hosting service, but it adds many of its own features. While Git is a command-line tool, GitHub provides a Web-based graphical interface. It also provides access control and several collaboration features, such as wikis and basic task management tools for every project.
While this is something that works over-time, creating wrappers for certain programs and features can allow developers to save massive time. Take, for example, the implementation of a Facebook authentication feature within a native application. While the feature itself might be tertiary to the application scope, coding the feature from the ground up can be a challenging task, often taking up a long time for developers to implement it. This can result in frustration, mismanagement of time, and often lead to severe demotivation within a development team.
This process is called reusability. The implementation of architecture or code for the purposes of feature integration within an application from a pre-established library, allowing you to save time and cost. Here’s a list of benefits that come with the implementation of reusability.
- Firstly, you don’t have to write a lot of code for the architecture because the code already exists, and there is no point in creating redundancy within the coding process. The saved time and resources allow you to redirect effort towards other tasks, keeping the process flowing and swift without exhausting your resources on meager tasks.
- Secondly, avoiding bugs becomes a lot easier when reusing codes that are stored in a library. These codes are pre-checked for errors and bugs at each step of the coding process, allowing you to avoid any problems that may come about if you work on the architecture on your own from scratch.
- Thirdly, you can take advantage of the code reuse approach where instead of copy/paste programming and using code duplication methods. You can have a preset function that allows you to execute code when you need it, without rewriting lines of codes. This can be done by importing the function from the GitHub library and successfully executing the task,
- As it is famously said, what good comes out of “reinventing the wheel”? This allows you to swiftly implement code with significant time saving and cost-saving, making the development process a lot quicker, providing flexibility and efficiency within the development and implementation process.
Implementing the use of RepoLib Rx
Another such platform that developers
can make use of is the RepoLib Rx. RepoLib Rx is a Kotlin-based, Open source library developed specifically for Android application development. It provides developers access to pre-made libraries for structures such as data layer architecture, data synchronization functions and mechanisms between data sources such as a Back-End API and a device based local database. Based on the repository pattern, the implementation is used as an architectural foundation, for data layers, allowing maximum flexibility in coding and managing data. It also makes it easier to use the multi-threaded operation and other such services, making life easier for developers.
The benefit of Using RepoLib Rx is first and foremost, the avoidance of any synchronization problems that are bound to come about if you were to build an architecture from scratch. These problems are often associated with tired minds, exhausted resources, and general frustration from such tasks. By using this approach, developers gain access to stable and tested structures that have been cleared and are known to be work efficiently without any bugs. This also saves a lot of money, since the need for resource investment for these tasks is significantly reduced for the project.
- Firstly, RepoLib Rx has been designed to reduce the time needed to implement the data layer in Android applications through uniform architecture with predefined mechanisms for data handling. This is possible without writing classes that are responsible for handling queries, managing storage, or writing the synchronization logic controller that handles passing data between sources.
- Secondly, with the provision of access to the pre-made and unified structure, the library also provides predefined synchronization strategies. They analyze based on data and protocol, how and when the application should download data from the local database onto the device and the when and how of updating the local database with the new API data.
- Lastly, the usage of RepoLib Rx library allows developers to reduce the implementation of the whole data layer to that of a few classes which are only responsible for the translation of the model, which is based on the needs of the integrated API, based on your project. This simplifies a developer’s job to the breaking point in order to help within the development process of the native mobile application that they are tasked within a more methodical, efficient, and relaxing manner.
This is a classic example of implementing automation within the process. Industries across the world are implementing automation mechanisms to allow for better and more optimal use of resources and time, ensuring that they stay ahead of the competitive curve within their own industries. Solutions such as RepoLib RX is an example of such automation, allowing developers to take the initiative to solve their own pain points when it comes to native application development
. Native application development is not an easy task, but the implementation of such solutions can help reduce effort, create efficiency, and provide a more convenient and less exhausting method for native application development.