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18 Dec

Two Programming Languages Mobile Developers Need to Know

Sometimes a trend becomes so ubiquitous it is on the verge of creating a new standard. When this happens, you know it''s time to get on board before it''s too late. The trend, for more than a few years, has been a rise in mobile apps and a need for speed.

As more people use mobile devices and more businesses rely on mobile apps to connect with customers, customer expectations have increased. Users now expect fast-loading, easily accessible interfaces and streamlined apps that integrate with their phone''s features.

Two newly open-sourced languages, Swift and AMP HTML, let developers build apps that don''t merely serve a trend but instead meet and exceed customer standards. Read below to find out more about the two latest programming languages in today''s market.

Swift

Within a week of becoming available on Github, The Next Web reported that Swift was already the "most popular active development language" on the site.

According to Fortune Magazine, the reason why so many developers find Swift more useful than languages like Objective C is that Swift can be used on both the cloud or back-end server side and the user side.

Since so many mobile devices (and not just phones) are dependent on cloud technology, knowing a language that works in the cloud and on the device provides a developer with a tool to build programmed logic throughout the app.

AMP HTML

Shortly after Apple opened Swift, Google made its newest language available, Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP). Though not fully available until February of 2016, TechCrunch reports that AMP HTML is a language, "based on existing web technologies, but designed in a way to load pages much more quickly even when they contain rich media, animations, videos, and things like YouTube, Vine, or Twitter embeds."

To get an idea of why this is such a big deal, you should look at Cory Shaw''s account of creating an app for Hawaiian Airlines, from scratch. In once section, author and developer Shaw writes:

"After a year of coding, our CSS output got unwieldy, with thousands of lines of this: .ha-modal .help-template h2, .ha-modal .help-template h3, .ha-modal .help-template h3:first-child, .ha-help.collapsable-block h4, .tooltip-block h4, .traveler-lg .name, address h4, .ha-cms-teaser-sidebar .heading, [ha-calendar] .ha-calendar-month, .ha-modal#locationModal .destinations-container .sta........."

You get the idea.

Having a language as stripped down as AMP HTML does away with the issues mentioned above. Simpler code makes for cleaner development and faster downloads. It pleases everyone. And that''s more than a trend.

If you''d like to find out how these languages can optimize your mobile apps and development, then please contact us.

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