Exploring the Developer Skills Needed to Build Apps with MobileCaddy

The MobileCaddy framework removes a great deal of the hard work for developers tasked with building sophisticated enterprise mobile apps. This means the business investing in the app won’t need to seek new developer skills or spend to recruit new team members thanks to MobileCaddy, and the developers can focus entirely on delivering the app itself. This article will detail the many ways the framework makes this possible, giving the business complete confidence it will be getting the app it needs.

 

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You’ll always need capable, competent people to build a mobile app which can add value to an organisation beyond the obvious improvements to basic worker productivity. That’s why finding a solution which allows the people you already have to rely on their existing skills and focus on delivering that app, rather than working on tedious, time-consuming development, is so important.

With the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework, developers can quickly and easily build these more advanced mobile apps using a familiar set of skills, as the solution removes the need for specialist development, and provides helpful guidance across all stages of the project.

Here, we’ll answer key questions our partners and clients ask us about the skills needed to begin a mobile project on the Salesforce platform using the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework.

What specific developer skills are needed to build a Salesforce app with MobileCaddy? 

JavaScript

The MobileCaddy framework works to build apps primarily using web technologies; specifically, JavaScript. This allows developers to work with single page web apps, which is essentially the baseline of using MobileCaddy.

This involves use of the Ionic UI framework, which runs on top of the Angular framework, a great, user friendly way to build apps. This is something most developers will be very comfortable with.

Standard web technology languages (HTML, CSS, etc.)

These are extremely common skills for developers to have, including legacy Salesforce developers familiar with languages like Apex. There are many developers available who are comfortable building apps this way, making it easy and cost-effective for businesses to build their project teams.

Other skills

The MobileCaddy framework also still pushes heavily on standard Salesforce knowledge from consultants, in terms of design, information architecture, understanding of users flows and UX, and so on. This is of importance to any MobileCaddy app, because one of the highest priorities is allowing developers to build apps with extremely high usability. Ultimately, usability is what drives adoption, and without adoption the business will not achieve ROI.

               – Why not take a look at our handy job spec. to understand what you should be looking for in a mobile app developer?

What developer skills does the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework remove the need for?  

Native development

MobileCaddy removes the need for any of the platform-specific knowledge required to build native applications for iOS, Android, or desktop. MobileCaddy leverages the aforementioned web technology to provide container apps (for each operating system), which the web apps then run in. As part of the services related to the framework, the MobileCaddy team can also build those out fully customised, submit them to the various app stores, and offer a great deal of additional help to save developers time and effort.

For example, if a business was looking to build an app with a community base of users, which may include old devices across different operating systems, it would still only require one team of developers with the same set of skills using the MobileCaddy framework to work with a single code base. This provides consolidation throughout the project, makes management easier, and greatly reduces the risk of bugs being written into the code.

In addition, MobileCaddy also provides starter apps, which act as templates, providing developers with the workflow pieces needed to construct unit testing frameworks, end-to-end testing frameworks, rapid local building environments, and other useful steps. This is all pre-written and documented, meaning the developers can work with a less advanced knowledge of peripheral skills, such as using JavaScript task runners.

Design and UX

When asked for some examples he thought were particularly helpful, MobileCaddy’s Chief Mobile Technical Architect Todd Halfpenny said, “DesignCaddy, an integrated design suite within the MobileCaddy framework, ensures the UI and UX of all apps is as simple and fluid as possible for devs. DesignCaddy leads the project team down the right path, and prompts them to ask the right questions. This is extremely important when navigating the unfamiliar territory of building apps for an offline-first architecture, and building apps which need to serve the unique context of mobile working. Lots of re-education is often needed for Salesforce developers when making the complicated switch from browser-based apps to mobile apps, and MobileCaddy reduces most of that effort.”

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And much more…

The MobileCaddy framework provides a full, end-to-end lifecycle management system, which includes components intended to remove much of the complexity from all phases of the development process.

These inherent features allow the developers using MobileCaddy to devote the vast majority of their time to building business logic and creating apps which deliver for the organisation’s requirements. This makes the framework approachable and easy to use, even for developers with limited experience and skills.  For example:

  • No Salesforce-specific skills or coding required
  • Pre-built authentication
  • Application distribution
  • A pre-defined security model
  • Complex offline relationships catered for
  • An in-built versioning engine
  • Record failure handling
  • Sync failure handling
  • Conflict resolution
  • De-bugging tools and procedures pre-written
  • Plus much, much more.

What differences will this make to the project, and what are the benefits? 

Finding a solution which can deliver custom, sophisticated mobile applications on the Salesforce platform by removing the complexity for developers, allowing them to work with a familiar skill-set, is an extremely useful asset for a business.

Todd added, “When using the MobileCaddy framework, from the very first minute developers begin coding they’re building out business logic, rather than spending valuable time on any of the surrounding pieces which are needed for the app to run. Not only does this result in far more value from the app itself once it’s deployed into the organisation, but that also makes the entire project faster, more maintainable, easier to manage, and much more cost-effective.”

Making Mobile Apps More Accessible

Delivering a successful enterprise mobile app is a balance of risk and reward. That’s why it’s important to build those apps within a framework that minimises the risk, and maximises the reward, by providing as much guidance and ease-of-use to developers as possible.

The MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework is purpose-built to do this by extracting the complexity from the development process,. By minimising the need for specialist developer skills, far more time and effort can be spent building mobile applications which meet the organisation’s requirements and add differentiation to core frontline processes.

If you’d like to learn more about MobileCaddy and how it can be used to extend the full power of the Salesforce platform to the deskless workers within your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. Any developers interested in learning more about building apps with the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework can visit our dedicated MobileCaddy Developer site.

 

 

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