Steve Jobs once said, “There’s a tremendous amount of craftsmanship between having a great idea and having a great product.” A skilled developer has the power to take a product from the “good” zone to the “great” zone. For those who have application development ingrained in their blood, upgrading skills is a daily job. Mobile application development platforms change from generation to generation. For today’s generation, mobile application development tools is where the focus is.
Developer Economics conducted a research survey amongst 8,000 global mobile development professionals recently. The results:
- The Android platform has a 71 percent mindshare globally. It is the preferred platform for professional developers.
- The iOS has a 58 percent mindshare and is more popular amongst developers in North America and Europe.
Top application development categories are:
- Business and Productivity Tools
- Education & Reference
Mobile e-Commerce sales are forecasted at $300 billion (U.S.) in 2015. In India, the forecast is positive for mobile applications with a prediction for a minimum of five Indian Apps to reach the 50 million to 100 million install category.
Most employers use training agencies to empower their employees with the necessary skills needed to create professional applications. Some companies have programs to sponsor interested candidates, who then self-train toward achieving certifications. For those looking to enter the industry, a certification adds tremendous value in forming that initial trust bond between employer and employee.
A certification course in Android application development should cover the following essential elements:
- Architecture, Activity Lifecycle, Development and Runtime Environments
- UI Elements, Event Listeners
- Persistence Frameworks
- Database access with the SQLite framework
- Asynchronous Communication
- Third Party Libraries
- Application Publishing
For an iOS course, typical aspects covered are:
- Architecture, MVC Design Pattern, IDE Familiarization
- Object creation framework
- UI Navigation
- Touch Handling
- File and Document Management
- Scroll View
- Map Kit
- iCloud Integration
Following are some of the certifications that are available for interested developers:
Pearson VUE offers certification for Android Development, Android Security Essentials and Monetizing Android Applications. It is not essential to take the training course. Confident students can directly opt to take the exam. Training and exam centers are widespread. The cost of the exam is 150 (USD), and there are 45 questions to be answered within 90 minutes. Scores are available immediately at the end of the exam. The passing score is 70 percent.
Vskills is an ISO: 9001 certified company that has been established in collaboration with the Government of India. It aims to increase employability by training and certifying candidates in professional subjects.
In the mobile application development category, certification is available for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, J2ME, Facebook, Twitter and Cordova platforms. The Android certification costs close to ₹. 4,000.
Edureka! provides online courses with 24/7 instructor support. They have certifications for both Android and iOS platforms. The price range is between ₹ 10,000 to ₹ 20,000. Certifications are received only after taking the online classes and completing a project assignment. Each course should not take more than 80 hours for theoretical and practical training.
Bangalore-based Silicon India, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Career Institute, has in-class courses specially designed for students in the 0 to 2 year experience range. The six-week course requires attendance from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the coaching environment is created to help students learn team work and other professional development skills. Every person is assigned a mentor who is responsible for guiding the student towards successful completion.
This is a good idea for those entering the job stream. There is also an option for extending to a six-month internship.
James C. Collins, author of the famous book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t has this to say about greatness: “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
Working towards a certification is one such conscious choice that has the potential to turn good developers into great ones.