The need of IPAD & IPhone applications has been increased considerably in the last one year or two. If we need an app for IPad, we have now many options like, to develop it in Adobe AIR [and pack it for iOS] or we can develop using Xcode [https://developer.apple.com/xcode/] or we can use paid development platforms like FileMaker.
Common technologies/platforms for IPHONE/IPAD app development
Below are the various factors that lets decide the technology we have to follow:
1) The time & material
3) Support & Documentation
By default, We [Most of the Mob developers] prefer the development infrastructure as Xcode, which is globally standard and less stress to make APPLE industries to audit and accept the app, with their guidelines.
The main challenge of developing an app in IOS platform is not the development process, but the releasing process. Because APPLE will test the app themselves after you submit the app into the app store. They may reject the app if there is any bug or violation in the rules. For registering the app into the App-Store, you must register into their development portal. And it is a paid one !
If we need a quality GUI and efficient product in quick time, Filemaker platform is the best way to develop IPhone and IPAD apps. This guarantees the product in quick time, but need to purchase the products for development, hosting and accessing (free)! We have to buy certain series of products for this development as: Filemaker PRO, Filemaker Server & Filemaker GO.
Simply, FileMaker Pro, is the best platform for rapid iOS application development and FileMaker Go, is the easiest way to deploy & access mobile iOS solutions on iPhone and iPad.
Hardware & Software requirements:
XCODE platform needs:
Mac OS, Xcode, PHP, XML, JSON, Testing devices/Simulators
The latest version Xcode is 4.2 which will support up to iOS 5. For testing purpose Xcode itself contains simulators. But it is better if we have a real device with you. The performance between simulators and real devices has proved considerable differences in speed and outputs
ADOBE AIR platform needs:
Windows OS, Adobe Flash Builder 4.6, AIR 3.0, Testing devices, PHP, XML, JSON
FILEMAKER platform needs:
Windows OS, Filemaker PRO, Filemaker GO, Filemaker SERVER, Testing devices
PIT Solutions as an Expertise:
We have successfully developed IPAD apps in Xcode with Objective C as programming language. And also we have good hands in developing the IPAD apps in Filemaker technology also using external data sources in SQL server and Mysql.
In Brief, we have done the following functionalities in IPAD development in minimum time: