What to Do? – Write The Code From Scratch or Re-write It?

What to Do? – Write The Code From Scratch or Re-write It?

Have you’ve already developed the code for iOS and want to create branch out to Android for the next version of your app? –  Most developers agree that rewriting the code from scratch can present you with more work than is actually required.  Transliterate one language into the other hasn’t proved to be time efficient always but sometimes. Let’s take a look at both the sides of the coin –Write the Code from Scratch or Re-write?

Write The Code From Scratch or Re-write It?

Here’re a few reasons that justify Writing the Code from scratch:

1) Needed changes can’t be made by using the existing code base.

2) It’s difficult to get the existing code to compile, or we can’t even find the existing code.

3) It becomes difficult for developers to figure out how it works.

4) Its architecture or underlying infrastructure changes gradually and dramatically.

5) Sometimes, it becomes so bug-ridden to the requirements that it is completely worthless.

6) It can prove to be good for just doing it for fun or to exercise our development skills.

7) Intellectual Property or licensing challenges make it compulsory to stop using someone else’s code.

8) When the problem becomes too complex for the original language.

9) When developers are uncomfortable to take the responsibility for the existing code base.

Here’re a few reasons that justify avoiding Writing the Code from Scratch:

1)  Today nobody knows that what all features are of the Legacy Code, or what requirements it is supposed to fulfill.

2) And, no tests are available to justify that the new code is functionally equivalent to Legacy Code.

3) If we can use the existing code then there are many more important things we can do apart from just re-writing the code that already works. As Re-writing the code will not Re-invent the Wheel.

4) Avoid re-writing the code because, usually it takes longer than expected and usually re-writes often do, which result into customers moving to other products/vendors.

5) We also do have the option to re-write the code a bit at a time rather than writing it from the scratch.

6) And, of course, we can’t guarantee that the new team will do a better job than the original team did.

Whether to write the code from scratch or re-write the code, it all depends on the requirements. Here at Parangat, our team does both they re-write the code and write the code – everything depends on the project requirements. We work with our clients to deliver robust, high-performance and award-winning web and mobile solutions and services. Whether you need a web or mobility solutions, our dedicated team of web and mobility experts, who come up with deep industry knowledge and passion for technology help you make your vision a reality. Our methodologies and industry expertise in web and mobile space enable us become the top web and mobile development agency and help brands gain excellence, increase efficiency and maximize profit.

Our expertise in web and mobile technology and proficient team coupled with capability in integrating people, processes and products enable us to deliver customized, robust, avant-garde and cost-effective mobility solutions tailored to our clients business needs. Our adept team of developers develop custom-made and integrated web and mobile solutions by understanding your requirements and recommending the right solution to it. Our transparent processes and defined methodologies have been modernized and refined to deliver smooth, bespoke and user-engaging web and mobile solutions, which in turn, maximizes efficiency and lowers cost.

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How To Make Your Android App More Indexable on Google Search?

How To Make Your Android App More Indexable on Google Search?

Google announced App Indexing in 2013 to increase the efficiency of search results for users. It works exactly the same as it does for websites– allows Googlebot to crawl and index content within Android apps and display it in search results. Although, Google has given this feature to facilitate users and make the search more efficient and close. But, this can be a big opportunity for marketers and publishers to increase exposure of their app through the content within it. At Google’s I/O developer’s Conference held in 2014, the search giant company announced that app indexing was expanding from a select group of apps to all Android apps.

Now, by using Google’s App Indexing API, developers and marketers can now allow Google to crawl and index deep links within their apps, which in turn, will display the app content in mobile search results and hence more their apps will get more exposure. Apart from launching Google App Indexing, it has also given the opportunity to connect Android app and website through the Google Play Console and Webmaster Tools, to help users in getting the exact content.

How App Indexing Works?

As we discussed, App Indexing employs deep links to crawl and index content from apps and display that in Google search results. For example, let’s say you search for the movie Fast & Furious 6 on Google’s search app. And, if you have already installed the IMDB app on your Android device, then in search results you will get the link of the movie content on the IMDB app instead of IMDB website.

And, if the app is already on your Android device then you can search for apps within Google Play store rather than searching on Google search. Let’s take a look on a screenshot of Google search results for the keywords “social networking apps” on an Android device:

Why App Indexing is Important?

 Increases User Engagement

 The Google’s app marketplace is flooded with many apps that are    fighting for downloads with their competitor apps – and after getting downloaded, for user engagement. According to Localytics – about 1 out of 4 downloaded apps is only opened once. Why? – Because, play Store even after getting so popular and widely accepted, most of the Android users still do a Google search for searching anything instead of opening a specific app. By leveraging App Indexing, marketers and publishers can make their app content more indexable and easily accessible, which in turn, will improve their engagement rate and bring their users back in Google search.

Strengthens the Importance of App Store Optimization

In an effort to bring web and mobile together, Google has taken its first step by introducing App Indexing. It shows that how important it is to properly optimize the app title and description, because now through App Indexing, a right content (that includes title and description) can improve the chances of app visibility on the play store. And, by right optimization of your app’s title and description, you can make your app more discoverable on Google Play Store search as well as Google search. By leveraging Google’s App Indexing your app can gain extra visibility and can deliver a significant smash in downloads.

So, now to optimize your app’s presence add App Indexing in your to-do-list of app marketing and help your app gain more visibility and downloads. You can find more information on making your app indexable on the Google Developer’s portal.

10 Important Factors of Thriving Test Automation Approach

10 Important Factors of Thriving Test Automation Approach

Testing plays a crucial role in software development, and it’s important and recommended to start it as early as possible. Starting testing in early days can help get the useful perspective on development lifecycle. Moreover, devoting some thought to the entire lifecycle including feedback from users is worthwhile and may influence the future of the solution prominently.

As we said, testing is an integral part of software development and failure to right testing may lead to failed products. It is very essential to have a right testing methodologies and testing plans in place to ensure robust, scalable and stable deliverables in a defined timeline. Standard development processes and methodologies provide a set of testing mechanisms, which must be integrated in the product development lifecycle. These processes and mechanisms start from rigorously testing a very small of piece of code to testing the whole application. Let’s take a look on types of software testing methodologies:

1)    Unit Testing

Unit Tests is the most basic testing mechanism at the developer’s end. This includes very small and well defined scope. In Unit testing, very small unit of functionality is focused and code is segregated from any outside interaction or any dependency on any module. It only deals with interaction of the code with memory only and does not cover any interaction with network, database or file systems. It provides a simple and easy way to check smallest possible units of code to ensure whether the units can work perfectly in isolation as well. However, further check of these units is required when they are combined to ensure they work in a cohesive manner which requires further types of tests.

2)    Integration Testing

Integration Test is the next important set of tests at the developer’s end. They provide an internal mechanism to test the interoperation of very small units. Integration test involves rigorously testing the modules and test cases, which access network, databases and file systems. They reveal out the concerns associated with network modules or databases and most importantly show the connections between small units of code. Because, mostly when the units are combines together many issues arises. As while testing Unit A might not giving data accurately to the Unit B and these types of issues can be checked through Integration Tests.

3)    Functional Testing

After the Integration tests, higher level of test processes starts. And, Functional Tests is the first one to start with. Functional tests check for the appropriateness of the output with respect to the pre-defined input in the specification. In functional tests, not much stress is given on intermediate modules but more focus is laid on the final output delivered.

4)    System Testing

System testing is done to ensure that whether the product or software is feasible in different environments (e.g., Operating Systems, different phone models etc) or not. It is done with full system implementation and environment.

5)    Stress Testing
Stress testing is done to evaluate how system behaves under unfavorable circumstances. It is conducted at beyond limits of the specifications.

6)    Smoke Testing

Smoke Tests word came from the electronics where a mistake means the circuit board emitting smoke. After functional tests are rigorously performed, a simple test is done from the start, which initiates with a fresh installation and adding fresh input values. And, if any crashes arise, then it represents the trouble in development.

7)    Regression Testing

Regression Tests is not a part of whole testing process. It is done depending on the requirements, whenever any complex bugs are found in a development cycle, typically which affect the key areas of the development system, regression tests are done to ensure re test of all the modules, which in turn helps in identifying the exact bug/bugs in the system

8)    Acceptance Testing

Acceptance test is the final level of test plan. Testing team rigorously checks each and every feature or module from the user’s perspective and marks the output with accepted or rejected symbols. These tests ensure testing of application from end user’s perspective like ease of using a product, placement of each and every feature, identifying crashes after going through a certain flow etc. The results of acceptance tests are very subjective in nature and its purpose is to detect the exact issue.

9)    Usability Testing

Usability testing is performed from the client’s perspective. It is done to evaluate whether the GUI is user-friendly or not? How easily product’s work? How proficiently it can be worked while satisfying all the criteria? And, how pleasing its design is?

10)    Beta Testing

Beta testing is done by end users or a team other than its development, or releasing full pre-version of the product, which is commonly known as beta version. It is done to cover unexpected errors.

We offer customized, robust, scalable and cost-effective software development services to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations and requirements. Our highly skilled team had laid a high emphasis on the user experience and that enabled us to keep the user experience (inclusive of GUI ) robust, clear and crisp. Here at Parangat Technologies, we provide support and services to our current solutions, and also help develop newer applications to meet our clients’ business requirements. Our software service varies from ideation to third party software implementations and maintenance services. As a leading development company, Parangat Technologies has extensive web design and software development skills, expertise and experience to spread and establish our clients’ businesses presence.

mHealth: Digitization of Healthcare industry

mHealth: Digitization of Healthcare industry

Have you prescribed mHealth app yet? No…Soon you may. Mobile Health is one of the most rapidly mounting fields of digital health. Due to its increased access and higher potential it is becoming popular in both the segments – consumers and healthcare professionals. The explosion of mobile devices and digital health and wellness applications are revolutionizing the way healthcare industry provide services, as well as how consumers take it. And, due to a range of mHealth initiatives across the world, industry specialist and analysts are expecting that the global digital health and wellness market is expected to grow to US$12 million, in the years ahead.

Since, mobile health applications are intensely expanding its reach and efficacy by facilitating healthcare industry especially consumers in their daily tasks, such as taking prescription of drugs from clinicians, tracking their health issues, and managing their health and wellness information. Many mHealth apps currently in the market helps in tracking and collecting information by way of smartphone app, phone, computer, and wireless monitors. And, for health and wellness apps the tracked variables include food, blood-sugar and other medications. With the help of these apps, healthcare professionals amalgamate the information collected and transform into a clinical recommendations. Apart from helping in taking clinical recommendations, these apps also allows its users to make real-time feedback from the patient, recommending them as per their health conditions, such as, recommends the consumers what to eat if their blood sugar or pressure level is too low. mHealth apps are spanning its wings in every industry verticals of healthcare industry. Let’s take a look on a few popular verticals of health apps:

Awareness Apps – To educate consumers and promote health awareness among them by providing tailored tips and information. And, for this category of apps articles, tips, podcast, videos etc., on diets, exercises, everyday habits, research results etc., work as a channel between consumer and healthcare professionals.

Care Support– To help patients in basic diagnosis of illness, let them know its clinical care and maintain their records etc.

Monitoring and Advising– To support and advice patients by providing appointments, medications and precautions etc.

Quick Emergency Medical Response– To provide proper and quick assistance to patients with necessary care during emergencies, accidents and disasters.

Policies and Insurance– To share policy related information on the app and help them in enabling claims and reimbursements etc.

Medicines and Pharmacy– To facilitate drug manufacturers by assisting their customers in ordering medicines, reminder alerts etc.

Yes, Mobile apps are the future…

Yes, Mobile apps are the future

Yes, Mobile apps are the future

While mobile healthcare and wellness apps are thriving, both by consumers and providers, but its early phase yet for healthcare industry. Mobile Health has a huge potential in healthcare industry much beyond what we are beholding today. And, for consumers, expansion in Mobile health apps will provide more accessibility and control over better management of their health.

A Few Stats – According to a PWC survey – ‘’64% of doctors believe mHealth market to be full of exciting possibilities in the days ahead’’. A study commissioned by Telenor Group and the Boston Consulting Group in first quarter of 2012 revealed that – ‘’30% of smartphone users are likely to use “wellness apps” by 2015 and mobile is the most popular technology among doctors since the stethoscope’’. The survey further revealed- ‘’costs in elderly care can be reduced by 25% while maternal and prenatal mortality expenses can be reduced by as much as 30% through mobile solutions’’.  As per a recent PwC Global Healthcare survey, 59% of the consumers using mHealth services reported that these services have reduced the number of visits to the doctor.

However, technology advancement has resulted in many ground-breaking technologies including Wearable Tech, Smart Watches and Google Glass etc., which are also expected to share appreciation of innovation and usage in Healthcare industry. And, as the technology further advances and benefits become more evident, we will see more advanced usage of these technologies.