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Newbie needs advice on app development

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I'm an IT consultant so I'm not a dummie, but I'm not exactly a programmer either.

We need to create an inventory/audit app for an Android tablet. I looked at the Eclipse documentation and I don't think I want to take the time to learn Java well for just this one app. Which leaves me with these options.

Has anybody used Mobiforms to create apps, and would a smart but untrained newbie be able to develop something reasonably quickly? They don't offer a trial version which I find more than annoying.

Should I just outsource the project to somebody in Bangladesh? I have some experience outsourcing.

Any other recommendations on getting an app created relatively quickly?

Thanks!
Mar 14 '19 #1
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zmbd
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Ychw,
I agree, programming and IT-Consulting are two very different worlds.

Right up front: I'm not going to be able to give you specifics about application development for either IOS or Android - these are out of "my box" so to speak; however, if you will humor me:

1) IMHO: You need to learn the development code/environment of the programming language / environment, at least a passing knowledge, your app will be created under otherwise you risk having malware/malcode inserted without your knowledge

2) MobiForms: Personally I have no experience with the application so I did a search on it... very mixed opinions from several different forms that I frequent; thus, it would seem that your application could have a rough start.
> Quick read through the documentation and the other forums, You will need to learn how to modify the HTML code in order to obtain anything reasonable for your application; thus, you will still need to learn how to code.
> What bothers me about this product is the lack of recent reviews and nothing about security or how the data will be ultimately saved - perhaps this is addressed in the application's documentation. How sensitive is the data you are handling?

3) Bangladesh: sigh, you get what you pay for
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You mention that you have experience with outsourcing so this may be old news to you; however, it bears stating for other's that read this thread: Vet the outsourced company very well - where is the data going to be stored and how sensitive is that information. So many stories online about company data breaches concerning personal information; however, what we don't hear as much about are the internal data breaches... those cost companies a lot of money and are rarely reported if no-one's personal information is compromised. Corporate espionage is a very big criminal business - so much so, that my company has locked down all of our PC's to authorized devices, removed all of the CD/DVD drives etc...

My G.Pa used to say to me:
Pick Two: You can do it Cheap, You can do it Well, You can do it quickly; but, you can't have all three
Mar 19 '19 #2

Demeta
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No offense, but the outsource to Bangladesh comment isn't going to win you a lot of friends that aren't in Bangladesh.

I'd say try app inventor and see what you can learn, you'll know in relatively short order if it will do what you need.

Otherwise maybe you're in over your head and someone should outsource you to Bangladesh https://diceus.com/outsourcing-india-bad-idea/ . Seriously though, if you don't find what you need I would hire out at that point.

I don't know much about Mobiforms, but their website looks terrible. Not that a website is the final word on a company but it strikes me as odd at least.
Mar 28 '19 #3

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