Nearly every app you build will use services external to the mobile device. Whether it’s from in the cloud or on-premise systems, modern cross platform mobile apps rely on API’s, cloud back-ends, and cloud processing. Move code closer to the data. Scale your apps. Optimize code. Deploy whenever and wherever needed. Test, monitor, and update dynamically with ease. As your mobile apps integrate cloud services, you’ll also want to bring your mobile skills to the cloud, becoming full-stack developers. Find the resources you need here to rapidly deliver engaging, personalized apps that are valuable to your users and companies.
This article explores the features of full-stack mobile development environments and covers several core native and hybrid mobile alternatives and the factors that influence the selection of each platform.
First, let’s agree on language. The term full stack conjures up an image of a singular, multidimensional chameleon of an individual with as much ability on the graphic side as the system administrator and database engineer. In some exceptional cases, this individual might be what is sought. More often than not, though, full stack refers to those who have familiarity with and desire to keep current with business logic and processes of frontend frameworks, backend databases and services, and automating application and data creation, editing, and provisioning. It is less the ability to craft and edit media as it is to make it presentable and interactive.
Full-stack mobile app development lies at the nexus of content and technology. Billions of people worldwide now use smart phones and tablets, which form the client side of the full-stack app. The server side is often a distributed collection of microservices, authenticating servers, and CDN assets that are compiled at runtime each time an application is opened. Between the two lies the processes that connect them, including testing, continuous integration and continuous deployment, scaling and containerization, and proprietary device requirements.
Devices are driving the way that media is delivered and consumed. In many cases, people are more likely to watch, read, or listen to news and entertainment on a handheld device than traditional television and radio. Televisions themselves form a device target for developers.
As a nexus of technology, mobile devices drive competing paradigms championed by such behemoths as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft®. Each of these giants has vested interest in the battles for device audiences. While Apple and Google are the two brand stewards of iOS and Android, respectively, React Native and Xamarin are products by the latter two that you can use to author apps that are increasingly native in design and function. Tech companies are heavily waging on this market to continue growing, and they are actively seeking the best and the brightest to buy into their vision of how to best service it.