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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Do You Know Your Taxi Business Needs A Mobile App?

Do You Know Your Taxi Business Needs A Mobile App?

With the recent technological advancements and expanding IT industry, real enemy of taxi cab firms is- near zero technology innovation in the past years or so. Today almost every industry has imbibed mobile-first approach including healthcare, enterprise, retail, e-commerce and many more. And, that’s why most of the people are still using conventional ways to hire a taxi or a cab. Still, people either wait waving on the roadside hoping to get lucky or call their old cab company to book a taxi, generally a few hours before. And, that has resulted in a lot of inconvenience and insecure as well. In last few years, Mobile apps have grabbed the attention of users of every segments because of it’s easy to use, feature-packed and reliable behavior. However, companies like Lyft and Uber are some of the early adopters of mobile-first approach. And, that has helped them in gaining visibility and increase their brand value and revenue, both.

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Why To Choose Parangat for your Taxi App?

Parangat, being a leading mobile app development company adept in almost every industry verticals including retail, wearable, healthcare, enterprise, e-commerce and many more, has worked on a few exceptional taxi and cab projects as well. Through our taxi and cab apps, we built a product that enabled taxi cab companies compete with potentials leaders of travel industry like Uber and Lyft. Our crafted mobile solutions helped them in enhancing their services and properly managing it. Our dexterous team of mobility experts helped taxi companies in improving their performance and addresses their business pitfalls.

We have been successful in addressing some of the most common problems that every taxi or cab owner was facing today- how to reach to their customers as fast as possible and how to make the service more secured. With GPS integration and frequent update while travelling, we have helped many new taxi companies to solve these issues with a near-zero defect. We did in-depth analysis and detailed market research to find the every minute requirements for developing a successful taxi app. Our designed “Taxi App” for our client’s cab service company helped them in improving their communication efficiency between passengers, drivers, and shift managers while travelling. Some of the features that our taxi apps includes are – one tap ride, reliable pickups, look for nearby taxis available, sending frequent updates to passengers and shift managers, sending push notifications to drivers for new entries, clear pricing, cashless & convenient rides and allowing the assigned managers to overlook the whole travelling process. And, our feature-packed and seamless taxi apps have helped a lot of taxi and cab owners to increase their business efficiency.

Being a best-in-class mobile solution provider, we at Parangat, are bestowed with some of the amazing and highly skilled tech nerds, who are ready to innovate and give life to your sporadic taxi app ideas. We would be happy to discuss more ideas with you, if you want to manage and expand your taxi business by adopting mobile approach. As the modules of our designed taxi apps can help you in taking your business to newer heights and do more than you can think off.  If you already have a taxi app, but it is not working as per your business expectations, the also we can help you out by enhancing and making it more user-centric.

We all know Mobile Messaging Apps are Popular? Do you know why?

We all know Mobile Messaging Apps are Popular? Do you know why?

In today’s highly technological world, mobile has become everything and if you aren’t using mobile, you are undoubtedly missing out a lot many things. And, text messaging is one of the important parts of mobile world. It is overly demanded and needed because of its simpler and easier functionality – you just need recipient’s mobile number to send text and pictures, but they too have text and data limits. And, this generated the need for instant messaging. Higher adoption rate and increased demand gave birth to lot many IMs in mobile world. They are so popular and highly adopted because they make connecting, talking and sending messages to friends and coworkers much simpler, and fun. And, the best part is for instant chatting and for getting registered in any messaging and chatting app all you need is a chat ID.

Messaging apps likeViber, Whatsapp,Instagram, WeChat and Snapchat — already adopted by millions of people for connecting with their friends and sharing text or images with each other. And, its increased adoption rate and higher popularity shows that they are going to become more popular and overly demanded in thenear future. And, that’s why the most popular apps that are able to sustain easily day after day, month after month, at the top of the appstores and leader boards and very popular among young users are – Messengers.

Moreover, messaging apps are also popular because they are used by other segments of audiences like – professionals, housewives and older generation, apart from being popular amongst young generation. Whether, you need to notify group of people about a last minute meeting, a conference call, a video chat or sharing some family pictures with all your friends and family members, an instant messaging can help you in all your tasks in a simpler, easier and fun way – that’s makes it so popular among everyone.

Instant messaging apps such as Whatsapp,Wechat and Snapchat allow users to instantly find their old lost friends and connect with them through easy registration and allow them to talk to each other and share almost anything – text, pictures and even videos. And, what makes them popular is most of these apps are free and can be used through a local WiFi connection or any internet connection to get activated.

Secret Sauce of Instant Messengers

Secret Sauce of Instant Messengers

Do you know what makes these apps overly demanded and popular – the initial appeal of the apps is simple. They are faster to use as compared to email or normal texting, and allow users to send text, links, video, photos and fun emoticons to friends more cost-effectively than traditional texting services that are offered by wireless carriers. The uses of Instant messengers are multiplying, though. Through these apps people can find their old lost friends and share their stuff with their friends. Now, many apps like Snapchat allow its users to send money another inside the app. And, apps like Line, a messaging app popular in Japan, lets users pay for products at brick-and-mortar retail stores by using Line Pay, the Line’s payments service.

Messaging apps users pick up their phones several times an hour. And, that makes messaging apps an epitome place to introduce and market other newly introduced products and offerings like games, virtual stickers or even physical goods.

For leveraging this rapidly increasing market of messengers, app development companies prefer to develop messaging apps to earn more revenue and value from them. But, developing a great messaging app like Whatsapp, SnapChat and Line requires a lot of skill and expertise. And, here at Parangat, our adept team of mobility experts and professionals come with deep industry expertise and experience in developing user and business centric messaging apps. To view our portfolio, visit here

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.

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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:

social networking apps 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.