Basics of App Development

It struck you like a bolt of lightning. You may be bold enough to call it, an epiphany. You’ve developed (in your head) a solution that will revolutionize your industry, or maybe even the world. Now you need a development team. Where do you start? Well... we would like for you to start right here with Devvly.

At Devvly, we adamantly believe that an educated customer is the best customer. In full disclosure, an educated customer is also, generally, a more cooperative and satisfied consumer. Which is why we want you to better understand the production cycle of app development.


We’ve simplified the entire process down to 5 basics of app development. These 5 steps will help ensure you are acquiring the correct team with the capabilities to execute your vision.

Step 1.

Formulate executable tasks from your idea. At this phase, an experienced technical business analyst and project manager is critical. You need a knowledgeable professional, capable of understanding what you envision, with the skill of converting your vision into an itemized list of deliverable tasks. How else will your vision become a reality?

This requires a discovery phase where the analyst and project manager determine the ideal technology to build your application (also known as your tech stack), creates a list of deliverables, estimates costs and initiates a strategic plan identifying the priority of deliverables.  

Step 2.

Identify the team. Your project manager will have a full scope of technical professionals on hand to execute the strategic plan developed in step 1. This will include at minimum, a:

  • Project Manager , the glorious translator who ensures that all communication is cohesive between the development team and the IT operations team.
  • User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Designers ensure optimal user interfaces are implemented, making the app user-friendly.
  • Front-end & Back-end developers to ensure the site/app operates. These are the team members who create your database architecture using the optimal industry systems.
  • IOS/Android Developers are responsible for extending your web application to mobile and building the native mobile application.
  • DevOps Engineer ensures the software and hardware play nicely together. 
  • Q/A Engineers are responsible for ensuring there are no bugs in your web or mobile application.

These key players are essential when partnering with a full stack development team to appropriately execute your project.

Step 3.

Project Development, this is where the magic happens. At this phase, each team member is working toward reaching the goal of deployment. You may not understand every detail that is occurring during this process but you should have a clear view of what is occurring. A Gantt chart will allow you access to a visual, outlining each phase and the expected completion date. At this point, you may be learning more about app development than you ever thought you would.

Step 4.

Technical Environment In this phase you will likely be learning about all of the key tools that are moving your project forward if you want to.  By hiring the best team, you can be as involved or hands-off as you choose. You can monitor your Gantt chart daily if you want to understand each phase and function of your development cycle. You’ll have access to all of this information from the project management system, which will outline the development environment.  

Ensuring that every aspect of your app is as unique as your idea, involves using the specific software and hardware that will be ideal for your project. Rest assured, the best software platforms, security solutions, and hardware are implemented for the optimal performance of the application.  

Including, but not limited to:

Programming Languages

PHP, JavaScript, Objective C, Swift, Java (Android)

Frameworks and CMS

Symfony 2/3, Laravel, Zend 2/3, Sylius, ApiPlatform, Core PHP


jQuery, Angular.js, ReactJS, Vue.JS, D3.js, ExtJS,


MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB

Front End

Responsive design, Adaptive design, LESS, SASS, SCSS,

HTML5, CSS3, Twitter Bootstrap 3,4, Twig, Smarty,

Cross-browser compatibility

( IE9+, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome)

Step 5.

Deployment Congratulations! You’ve reached an amazing benchmark in your cycle, you’re getting ready to deploy your app. In this exciting phase, your app development team will be initiating and recording QA and testing. QA is the function of reviewing and analyzing the process and procedures of your app. While testing, involves looking for problems with the software. Once your software application is launched, it should continue to be monitored and updated, as needed.

Developing an app is a highly technical experience, which will be well worth the work if you truly intend to revolutionize your industry. These steps are presented as a high-level overview of the basics of app development. To discuss your concept, give us a call. We’re happy to help you bring your concept to the market.  

To learn more about all that we offer, visit our home page at Devvly.