Greetings to you reader! This looks like a good time to learn about a day in the life of an iOS developer, what do you say?
The job description is simple; we develop apps compatible with Apple’s iOS. We put ourselves in the shoes of users and weave the app in such a way that it serves its purpose of helping them out by providing them with the desired functionalities.
Ideally, we need to be proficient in two programming languages for the task ahead of us, Objective C and Swift. Along with it, we need to have a good understanding and familiarity with the functioning and the performance of the iOS platform. Also, we must be aware of the patterns and practices that are a part of the same.
The task is development and maintenance of the Apple iOS apps aimed at a range of compatible devices, which are, computers, tablets and phones developed by the company.
We are the ones that bring out the combination between the hardware and the software. Merely the phone might not be enticing, it is the wide range of developed apps that brings out the glory of a smart phone, don’t you think?
We build apps, add required features for potential users, remove redundant functionalities, solve bugs in the software and take care of problems if any, like the space used up by the app. At the same time we ensure the performance and functioning of the app, how it responses and how fast it is. If it is slow, then we must be able to find the problem and fix it.
Our world is filled with bugs and bottlenecks, another skill we require is to find and fix these. Also, maintaining code quality and automization of the app. Because if your app does not match the speed and skills; people might not bother using it.
We are like the War Ministers at a King’s court, designing strategies and ensuring perfect functioning. Whenever there is an infiltrator, making sure that the threat is removed is also one of the essentialities of our responsibility. We don’t necessarily fight the war out there, but we ensure that the strategy is such that the war is won, which in other words means that the app functions smoothly.
Like every skilled Minister, we need to possess certain skills, for us, it is not just a long robe and an aura of the wisdom that we carry, but we also need,
- A clear understanding of Objective-C or Swift
- Practical understanding and proficiency with iOS frameworks such as Core Data, Core Animation, etc.
- Practical expertise with regards offline storage, threading, and performance tuning
- Experiential understanding with regards to RESTful APIs to connect iOS applications to back-end services
- Familiarity with cloud message APIs and push notifications
- In-depth clarity with regards to UI/UX standards and other web technologies
- In-depth knowledge of Apple’s interface guidelines and principles of design
- Practical expertise with regards to performance and memory tuning with tools
- Experience-based understanding of continuous integration
- Expertise in benchmarking and optimization
- Proficient and experience-based understanding of code versioning tools
- Knowledge of low-level C-based libraries
So, that’s basically what we do. And we hope to do it well to ensure that our users are happy with the performance of the apps.