SAP Cloud Platform is Enterprise PaaS for cloud development and deployment. At SAP CONNECT 2018 hackathon, we have developed a networking application using the new SAP Mobile Platform SDK and the entire SAP Cloud Platform.
The Bundestag app is an application developed for the German parliament by the Czech company Ackee, which won the German tender. The application is divided into 4 main sections: parliament news, a plenum with on-line broadcasts from the sessions, lists of members and information about them and committee programs.
Reactive programming is based on different code structure. It’s all about functional transformation of inputs to outputs, elimination of inner app state and declaration approach. It helps to achieve better error rate on all platforms especially in UI elements. We use the newest techniques to develop apps in Ackee and reactive programming is one of them.
An application that is designed and programmed for only one mobile platform. So if it is needed for both iOS and Android, it has to be developed twice, one application for each platform – though with the same functionality. Native apps react faster than those in a browser (web apps) and provide more features (such as offline data storage support) generally. In Ackee, our primar concern is development of native applications for both iOS (in Swift) and Android (in Kotlin), as this is the best quality solution.
A Hybrid application is a combination of web and native technologies. Although it uses web technologies and runs partially in the browser, it is encapsulated in a native application. It comes from one source code – so it does not have to be developed for each platform separately. Generally, this type of development is on the decline, and we only recommend to use it for a very limited number of use cases.
Generally an application development starts with a rough framework price estimate, followed by a more accurate analysis of the project’s technical specifications. It can be chose whether to realize the project for a fixed budget or to have agile development devided into sprints. Financial complexity determines the complexity and functionality of the application, then the user interface and overall appearance. A major component of the price is also a compatibility with different types of devices.
API (Application Programming Interface) is an interface for the application programming. It defines and describes interactions with different functions and parts of software system. A typical example is a mobile application – server application connection. In the case of mobile applications, HTTP communication using REST with JSON data format is used. We do like to make our own APIs in Ackee but sometimes we use our clients’ APIs too. If an API is not suitable for a mobile application, we add an application middleware too.