Interview with Anubhav Pradhan, Lead Principal – Education and Research at Infosys

1) What was the main motivation for writing the “Composing Mobile Apps” book?

Though we have apps for everything, and anyone can develop an app, the app development is a niche skill that present its unique challenges to developers and enterprises. An app developer isn’t just someone who works in a large multinational technology organization, it’s anyone with an idea to share. Apps have given each one of us the ability to become inventors, empowering us to translate our inspiration into real useful applications.

However, for ideas to be represented accurately and for apps to be shared successfully, it is important to use the right reference to learn how to create apps. This is the sheer reason to bring ‘Composing Mobile Apps’.

This book attempts to address these challenges while presenting various approaches and technologies to build mobile apps. It takes the reader through several facets of composing mobile apps - design, development, validation, packaging and distribution of apps. Using Androidas the means to expound these concepts, it presents a holistic view of mobile app development to the readers. Trust this is going to serve as an excellent handbook to help one build effective apps.

2) There are already several books on Mobile Apps development. What’s different about your book?

‘Composing Mobile Apps’ classifies mobility space and outlines various mobile app development approaches and technologies. It identifies mobile app development challenges and illustrates tenets of a winning app. It implements a live Android app, demonstrating app development from inception to publishing. It delves into designing app user interface that can adapt to multiple screen densities and form factors. It describes design and implementation of long running tasks in an app. It defines mechanisms to respond to device events in an app. It also illustrates management of native and enterprise data in an app.

This book also explores usage of graphics and animation capabilities in an app, explains design and implementation of media playback, capture and storage in an app, outlines techniques to incorporate location awareness in an app, and demonstrates usage of motion, position and environment sensors in an app.

It also unfolds app testing landscape and discusses strategies and best practices for publishing an app.

3) Who is the target audience for “Composing Mobile Apps” book?

This book is intended for all mobility enthusiasts – beginners and professionals alike – who are looking forward for realizing their ideas into winning apps.

4) How do you envision things going forward? Android will be the dominant platform for developing Apps all over the world?

Mobility has established itself as the technology of this decade akin to how Internet revolutionized the previous. Mobile apps have acted as a catalyst to the growth of both mobile platforms and smart devices. Gartner research predicts that 309.6 billion app downloads will happen by the year 2016.The revenue generated by these apps will be in the order of several billion dollars.

AndroidTMhas immensely contributed to the growth of Mobility. Since its humble debut in 2007, it has been widely accepted as the mobile platform of choice by device manufacturers, consumers, and developers alike, across the globe. Android platform is sported on a wide variety of devices including smart phones, tabs, smart watches, smart televisions, e-readers, gaming consoles, jukeboxes, smart cars and even space projects.

5) Summing up, what is your advice to App’s Developer and Apps development firms?

Do not wait … go ahead and translate your inspiration into an app, and tell your story to the world!

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