In an age where big, video game consoles are all the rage among Millennials, it may seem near impossible for mobile games to gain some traction. But in reality, mobile gaming apps have contributed significantly in the video game industry thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices and the advancement of smartphone technologies.

Evidently, mobile gaming is a big deal right now with an increasing number of mobile gamers and mobile gaming YouTubers. This means, visualizing the right mobile gaming idea can make the developer rich in no time. That said, building an enjoyable mobile gaming app isn’t rocket science but is still a challenging feat. Unlike regular mobile apps, gaming apps are meant to consistently entertain and engage.

A perfect mobile game has a few major ingredients that directly tie into its success starting with…

A Game Artist

A great movie can never be a reality without a great director. It’s the same for a mobile game. The involvement of a capable game artist is directly tied to the success of the game post launch. A game artist is essentially the director of the game – the person with the vision and capable of conceptualizing the core of the game. They may not always be technically sound, and will require developers to bring their ideas into reality.

Engagement Factors

Engagement factors are the crux of a mobile game. Unlike PC and console games, mobile games run on devices with smaller screens which means it will be harder to keep gamers engaged. This is where engagement factors come in. These elements are hand-picked to make the game enjoyable enough for users so they will spend more time on the game. Engagement factors can be anything from an environment setup inside the game to flashy, gratifying in-game elements.

Challenge

As they say in the gaming community – if it’s easy to beat, it’s not a game. If it’s made to be that easy, it’d only qualify as a learning program for children. A game needs to be challenging i.e. the players should put in some amount of effort to achieve something in-game. On the other hand, if the game is too challenging right from the beginning itself, it may frustrate players even forcing them to quit playing the game. The trick is to go for an unsophisticated AI and a simple interface that players can easily figure out complemented by a slightly challenging yet fun gameplay.

Scoring and Rewards

A game obviously needs to simulate a sensation of victory on the gamer. Most games reward players with scores for their performance. But it’s important to maintain a standard that induces competition and keeps players engaged. The reward system should be enticing enough to bring back players who have not used the app for a while.

Coders

Last but not the least is the team of coders behind the game. The coders should collaborate extensively with the creative team to develop a game that meets modern mobile gaming expectations.

To conclude, building a mobile gaming app is somewhat different from building a business app. Without the right ingredients in the right proportions, the mobile game would seem dull and soon fade away.

The developers here at AOT are not just passionate about creating enterprise-grade apps. They can also get creative when it comes to mobile games that can turn heads. Give us a call to learn more.


ReactJS in a nutshell is a highly influential, hugely popular tool for web application development with a thriving community. Created by Jordan Walke, a software engineer at Facebook, React is an open source, JavaScript library to build user interfaces primarily for single-page applications. Though many see it as a framework, it’s essentially just a library that allows developers to use reusable components to develop interactive UIs. But this alone makes it as good as a full-fledged framework.

With the brief introduction of ReactJS out of the way, let’s delve deeper into its features to understand why it’s special.

Virtual DOM

A notable feature of the JavaScript library is the virtual DOM (Document Object Model) feature where React creates an in-memory data structure cache to keep a virtual representation of the UI that can sync with the real DOM i.e. it keeps a record of various elements and content as objects and properties. Virtual DOM also renders simplified platform so app updates would be much more convenient and easier. An added benefit is a boost in application speed; courtesy of virtual DOM.

One-way Data Binding

ReactJS only approves data that are flowing in a single direction i.e. if the data are flowing downstream, in a single flow. If the data have to flow in a different direction, additional features would be required. This is why many developers see React as a reliable origin for canonical data sources. This is also why React is widely preferred as a front-end library to create highly interactive applications.

An added benefit is that as the data won’t be flowing in a different direction, they would be less prone to errors, and debugging would be much easier.

React Native

In 2015, Facebook announced React Native – a mobile application framework that enables native iOS, Android, and UWP app development with React. The framework comprises UI components to develop JavaScript code. The working principles of React Native are quite similar to React. However, React Native doesn’t manipulate DOM with virtual DOM, and runs in a background process instead, and not on the end-device. An asynchronous, batched Bridge enables React Native’s communication with the Native platform. React Native also doesn’t use HTML.

JSX

JSX or JavaScript XML is the syntax used by React which is as simple to read as English. However, despite being easy to read, JSX greatly resembles HTML. Like the name suggests, JSX is a combination of JavaScript and XML designed to make writing React components easier. It does this by making the syntax React developers use for generating HTML strings almost similar to the HTML they add into a web page.

Thriving Community

Being a widely popular open source tool, React is backed by a big community – including Facebook, Instagram, and experts in the wider open source community. The community constantly strives to improve React and the mobile experience it can offer, and is quick to respond when it comes to solving publicly posted technical issues and complexities.

SEO-friendliness

ReactJS facilitates server-side rendering which means the JavaScript application is rendered on the server instead of in the browser thus improving the speed of the site significantly. A faster-loading site with an enhanced user experience granted by React translates to higher search engine rankings and consequently greater traffic and increased revenue. This is one of the reasons why IT experts in many companies prefer approaching an application development company with expertise in ReactJS app development.

Component Reusability

All components of React are isolated which means any change in one component won’t affect another component. Add to this React’s component reusability feature, and the developers get a number of great benefits. Reusable React components would be particularly useful for companies with a tight budget for application development. They can resolve many issues by themselves and save on maintenance costs as well. In addition, reusable components also make programming much more precise and comfortable for developers thus reducing complexity while completing app development faster.

Conclusion

ReactJS developers who have been working with the technology since its inception can vouch for the fact that the library uses progressive technology for faster, more comfortable web application development. Emphasizing the value of ReactJS in the web development industry is its growing dominance in front-end development. React is already touted as the future of JavaScript, and a great stepping stone for rookie developers who are new to app development with React. It’s easy to learn, efficient, and backed by experts.

If you are thinking about investing in a business application, consider developing one with React. Get in touch with AOT’s ReactJS experts to learn more.


Ever since the major release of Google’s Golang (also referred to as Go) back in 2012, the language has been growing steadily. At present, it’s considered a powerful option to write APIs and web services. As a matter of fact, when you consider exclusive skillset and choices, Go ranks among the best web programming languages. In addition, a lot of developers find it easier to use Go than many of its mainstream rivals.

About Golang

Golang is an open source, compiled programming language that comes with native metaphors for non-contemporaneous programming and a bunch of other great features to create dependable, robust software.

The team at Google designed Go for concurrency and scalability, and reduces the amount of code required to build APIs and software without compromising on the functionality.

There are many frameworks serving various purposes that developers can utilize for web development with Golang depending on the nature of the project. This blog is about some of those frameworks that can come in handy for developers who are new to Go.

Martini

Not all developers agree that Martini is a great framework for Go as it supposedly lacks a ‘Goish’ vibe. But it nevertheless is a useful framework capable of doing certain unique things like dynamically injecting various data sets into handlers depending on types. There are over 20 active plug-ins that developers can use. The only major drawback is that the Martini community is quite small.

Buffalo

Buffalo can be praiseworthily great for Go beginners as it sets everything up – from front-end to back-end web building, when they are about to begin a new project. With Buffalo, it’s much faster and easier to develop web apps. It also comes with a Hot Reload feature which means that the dev command will be observing the .html and .go files automatically, after which it will restart and redevelop the binary.

Net/HTTP

If you have read the Go mailing lists, you would know that this framework is one of the better alternatives to many other lightweight frameworks. Even if the entire XMPP server is developed with either HTTP or Net, it functions properly. The framework can come in handy for developing complex web apps that require middleware.

Net/HTTP also allows developers to mix and match middleware from certain other Golang frameworks. The Net/HTTP is big and growing owing to the fact that reusability of bits from other projects is possible. The major drawback is that the routing is not so powerful requiring you to often use another framework specifically for this purpose.

Gorilla

This framework is possibly the largest running and most popular Go framework in use. Gorilla also seems to have the biggest English-speaking community. The modular framework features web sockets using which the developers can attach exactly the similar code to REST endpoints without requiring the use of any third-party service such as Pusher. In addition, many components of Gorilla can be directly reused with Net/HTTP library.

Goji

Goji is a quick, lightweight framework designed for simplicity and the ability to compose. It’s basically a conservative HTTP request multiplexer with Einhorn assistance – a feature that facilitates web socket assistance in Goji for developers. Other features include re-configurable middleware stack, URL patterns, better shutdown etc.

Mango

Despite the fact that its creator, Paul Bellamy, doesn’t actively maintain the framework, Mango is still a popular option for many developers in the Go community. Surprisingly, Mango is still used by numerous developers primarily due to its modularity. The framework allows one to develop reusable modules of HTTP functionality easily and fairly quickly. Mango can keep the code autonomous as it comprises a list of apps and middleware into one HTTP server object.

Beego

Many Go developers often opine that Beego is somewhat similar to the Django framework for Python. Like Django, Beego comes with a wide array of modularly arranged features common to web applications. In addition to the various MVC elements that’s common in many web frameworks, Beego also incorporates an ORM (Object-Relationship Map) to access data, and also features session-handling tools, in-built cache handler, libraries for general operations with HTTP components etc. It’s similarity with Django may also be evident in its command-line tools.

Conclusion

The frameworks in this list aren’t necessarily the best frameworks for Go available. But they are all known for allowing developers to experiment with various functionalities and explore the capabilities of Go better. That said, the right use of these frameworks will ultimately depend on the web application project and its requirements.

If you want to learn about the alternatives to Go for web application development, contact the experts at AOT today.


Google finally launched Android Studio 3.4 on April 17th; downloadable on new versions of Windows, Linux, and macOS. Android Studio v3.3 came out earlier this year, and 3.4 comparatively only has a few minor improvements. It’s available in the stable channel, and is already being praised for its improvements.

The new version is the result of Google’s ongoing ‘Project Marble’ aimed at addressing issues associated with the core features of Android Studio. Though there are only minor improvements reportedly, there’s over 300 stability and bug enhancements in the new version.

That said, let’s explore the most interesting features of Android Studio 3.4.

A new UI

Every major Android Studio update comes with a notably enhanced New Project Wizard UI. Android Studio 3.4 didn’t break the tradition. The new UI looks much sleeker and smoother.

Resource Manager

In the earlier version of Android Studio known for its rock-solid stability, asset management and navigation was quite clunky. It was even more tedious for bigger, more complex projects. But that’s all in the past now.

The new Resource Manager looks more compact after efficiently consolidating the colors, layouts, and drawable elements in the app. With a better UI and an organized view of project assets, it’s now easier to locate various elements and switch between assets. In addition, by popular requests, the Resource Manager panel supports drag & drop bulk asset import as well as the conversion of bulk SVG to VectorDrawable.

Layout Editor Properties

The Layout Editor Properties panel has been improved for enhanced product refinement. There is now a resource binding control for each of the properties, and errors are now highlighted. The Attributes inspector in the layout editor has also been improved which is evident from its UI itself. The inspector features collapsible sections of attributes and a much better color picker.

Import Intentions

The Android Studio 3.4 can be a great asset to developers who are working with new libraries like Jetpack and Firebase as the new version of the popular IDE has been optimized to identify common classes in these libraries. Thanks to this, the devs will have code intentions aiding them with suggestions on library dependence and import statement.

R8

Proguard in Android Studio has been replaced by R8 in the latest version of the official IDE. The R8’s code-shrinking capabilities enable developers to reduce the size of APKs by eliminating unused codes and resources. Additionally, the actual code doesn’t take much space either. The R8 also combines dexing, desugaring, and shrinking operations in just one step which can be a particularly efficient approach for Android applications.

All of these features make R8 a better option compared to Proguard which is why it’s now the default code shrinker for new projects with Android Studio 3.4.

An Augmented IntelliJ

Android Studio 3.4 features IntelliJ 2018.3.4 – an evolved, augmented IntelliJ version with an array of improvements – from multi-line TODOs support to an updated Search Everywhere feature.

New Project Structure Dialog

Many developers have been requesting a user interface front-end to manage Gradle project files for a long while now. Android Studio 3.4 granted their wish with an improved Project Structure Dialog (PSD). With the new PSD, developers will be able to see and add dependencies, at a module level, to their projects. It also displays build variables now, and offers suggestions to make build file configurations better. The PSD in Android Studio 3.4 has a great UI that makes changing Gradle settings from the Project Structure a breeze.

Android Emulator Skin updates & More

The people behind Android Studio 3.4 also released the latest Google Pixel 3 & Google Pixel 3 XL device skins within the latest version. The release also features Android Q Beta emulator system images. This is certainly good news for Android app developers who want to perform app testing on Android Q.

Google also recommended using the canary version of Android Studio and the emulator so developers will be able to work with the latest changes in compatibility during the Android Q Beta program.

Conclusion

Other notable changes include the improvement of build speed and lint performance. The sheer number of improvements to Android Studio promises a fresh, unique experience to end users. Meanwhile, Google has already released the Android Studio 3.5 Beta for download, and it’s evident that the tech giant is not yet done with improving the quality of Android Studio. And apparently, until then, Project Marble will be active. The Android app developers here at AOT have already started tinkering with the new Android Studio. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we build great Android apps consistently.


Contrary to popular beliefs, the digital transformation wave hasn’t hit every business aiming to grow faster. Meanwhile, businesses that succeeded in digitally transforming themselves are figuring out new ways to keep evolving beyond the norms. Among the various methods at their disposal to achieve that, investing in enterprise application development is possibly the best choice in terms of productivity and security boosts.

To develop the best enterprise-grade applications, developers are challenged to choose the right tools and technologies. And among those technologies is Python – a long reigning champion for developers to build robust applications owing to its wide array of features, availability of resources, and versatility.

What makes Python still popular

Python is actually widely preferred by large organizations due to the ease of sourcing Python developers in addition to its vast feature-set. It’s ideal for enterprises planning to leverage complex software solutions and web applications. In addition, the open source Python is backed by a large, thriving community of developers focused on improving the language in many ways.

Here are a few of its features that help maintain the demand for Python to develop cutting-edge digital solutions.

  • Open source
  • Easy to learn
  • Modular
  • Object-oriented
  • Interpreted
  • Dynamic
  • Portable
  • Extensible in C and C++
  • High level

Many corporate giants still use Python for various purposes. Facebook and Instagram use Python to deal with various processes and the tremendous amount of data they generate. Thanks to Python, Spotify has a powerful backend analytics platform. It’s also one of the four server-side languages that Google supports.

With Python, a business can build web applications and data science & analytics tools, and can be used for cloud computing and backend support. Its many advantages still make it one of the most competent languages at present.

Why use Python for Enterprise App Development

It’s super scalable

Python can be useful in handling different types of tasks and supports quite a few programming paradigms including procedural, functional, and object-centered paradigms. It’s designed in such a way that developers would be able to code functions quickly and create scripts on a large-scale efficiently.

Building large solutions won’t take a lot of time like when some other programming languages are used. So the development cost is reduced as well. Complementing this is Python’s incredible scalability i.e. the apps built using Python are scalable, and the language perfectly adapts to scaling even during development.

Access to massive libraries

Python developers are granted access to huge libraries where they can find modules that are tried and tested by the community to use in their own projects. This way they can develop solutions faster with possibly better features compared to the initial scope of their projects.

A few popular libraries that Python developers love using include:

  • Pandas: A library with high-performance data structures.
  • Numpy: A library that could come in handy for mathematical and scientific computing.
  • Tensorflow: A library from Google that allows developers to imbue Deep Learning features and modules into their applications.
  • Keras: A library for writing neural networks, Keras also makes it easier for developers to add machine learning capabilities to an application with Python.

The language has also been written into various popular frameworks including but not limited to Django, Pyramid, and Falcon.

  • Easily understandable: Despite being a programming language, Python resembles English which is why coding in Python is generally considered intuitive. Python is also easy to understand which means developers would be able to identify and figure out the work created by others in the code. This also means a more seamless debugging process and code reviews.
  • Rich open source ecosystem: Python developers can use a plethora of useful tools when developing an application thanks to its open source ecosystem. With a wide variety of compatible tools, its community pretty much ensured that Python users have an easier time handling GUIs, web development, game development, data science, image processing etc. These tools are also one of the reasons why Python development is faster.
  • Faster prototyping: With Python, it’d be easier for developers to switch between prototype and the solution. The language also facilitates faster prototyping especially when the viability of the projects needs to be checked out. While proceeding further from the prototype phase, the developers won’t have to be concerned about losing their previous work as well.
  • Dynamically evolving: Enterprise solutions are generally sophisticated, and their complexity demands developers to be more focused while working. The whole ordeal would seem more comfortable and intuitive with Python. In addition, Python is a dynamically evolving language where a new, more advanced version of the language comes out every couple of months with improvements, fixes, and a new array of features. Each release makes the development of time-intensive, complex projects much easier without compromising the application’s quality and integrity.

Key takeaways

  • Python’s code-light nature allows developers to develop complex enterprise-grade solutions faster without compromising quality.
  • Python facilitates faster prototyping, and seamless switching between prototypes and the solution.
  • Python is impressively scalable and versatile, and can help developers handle many common programming challenges efficiently.
  • Python’s library support allows developers to imbue sophisticated features into the applications being developed while greatly improving quality.
  • Python’s optimal integration capabilities allow developers to use powerful tools during development and add unique features into the applications without hassle.
  • The Python community, surprisingly, is still growing. And at a great pace. As more Python developers join the fray, the core functionality and features of the language expand to meet modern technological requirements.

Conclusion

Despite Python reducing complexity considerably, there still can be problems. Technical issues are almost always solvable as experts in the Python community are quite dedicated at helping each other solve issues. The Python technical forums are indispensable for budding Python enthusiasts.

In a nutshell, it doesn’t seem like Python will lose its momentum; even as new technologies and worthy successors pop up. The language simply doesn’t let an enterprise down.

If you are thinking of developing a great application with Python for your business, make sure you invest in a developer with ample experience and expertise. Python developers at AOT have both. Drop us a message to learn how our Python expertise can upgrade your business.