Application Development: Learning New Languages and SkillsBy Alison Diana | Posted 2011-09-26 Email Print
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Many solution providers are making the leap to add application development to the portfolio of services they offer to customers. Here's a look at potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Speaking the Lingo
In addition to knowing their clients’ businesses, software development staff must also be current on the latest software languages and skills.
To address coding languages, ETNA Software provided training to its developers.
"The guys needed Objective C for iOS development – it was somewhat of a challenge. Java guys took over Android development no problem and C# and Silverlight guys started doing WP7 phones apps," he said.
In the case of Transputec, software developers at the British solution provider learned several different languages to address the company’s new mobile app offerings, said Jose Castro, marketing executive, in an interview with Channel Insider.
"To create iPhone apps, our developers had to learn xcode and the Cocoa Cocoa Touch Framework and for Android they had learn to use the Android Development Kit," he said. "The programming skills they already possessed were enough to get them started and they did not go to any training for this but instead used the vast amount of resources available online."