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Francesco Azzola
He's a senior software engineer with more than 15 yrs old experience in JEE architecture. He's SCEA certified (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect), SCWCD, SCJP. He is an android enthusiast and he has worked for long time in the mobile development field.

Why Developers Can’t Afford To Ignore Edge-Case Scenarios In Android App Development

Whether at the minimum or maximum level, app development companies need to worry about edge-case scenarios and never try to ignore them in any way. Just so you know, there are times or events when an edge case scenario can occur at the extreme within any of these operating parameters. One prominent edge case event that occurred was the rapid increase in microchip processing power that led to the rise of the Android operating system itself.

It is generally believed in the industry that this factor was responsible for the smartphone revolution that effectively got computers shrunk into handheld devices. In reality, app developers and mobile app development companies will certainly find it difficult to make headway in this highly competitive industry until they see an opportunity to get and remain on top of their game.

When handled correctly, it is not wrong to state that edge-case scenarios will expose those engaged with Android app development to some of the next biggest opportunities that are not even within the usual market conditions. However, there are certain important things developers and development agencies need to know when participating in edge-case scenarios.

Reality Always Has A Way of Crushing Expectations

There is an ever-rising trend in mobile development particularly now that the world is tending toward mobility. Every day, app development companies are developing and launching a variety of applications that are mostly aimed at meeting the growing needs of mobile users.

It is seemingly easy to think that things will turn out as expected when engaging in Android app development. As a matter of fact, every app developer needs to understand that not all the values provided in an app will correspond to those used in testing. Also, there is no need assuming that all of your users have fast internet, 20/20 vision, and new devices.

Unfortunately, many enterprising organizations only focus on how they can hire dedicated developers without considering other essential factors. It will be generally difficult to come up with something meaningful without a proper understanding of standard use cases, as well as understanding typical users’ needs and abilities. Just so you know, you are most likely to lose everything in your app when you only try to account for every possibility.

It is easy to assume that when you develop a mobile application, it will do exactly as it is designed to do. But this is not always the case. As a matter of reality, it is only safe to assume that users will always find a way to make an application work as it was never planned for. This is where the “edge case” scenario comes to play in Android app development.

Understanding Edge-Case Scenarios

It is one thing to hire dedicated developers, but understanding edge-case scenarios and how they play out is much more important. Basically, this has to do with an exception to a particular situation or a rule that requires special or extra handling. It is quite very tricky to reason these situations as they often result in some complex code. Just in case you do not know, it can be difficult to rightly fix these things as there could be bugs lurking nearby. To this end, it is important to always pay attention to potential edge cases.

As a general rule, it is important for mobile app developers to ensure that their apps work well across all Android-enabled phones. Here are some helpful ways app development companies can effectively identify edge-case scenarios and proffer lasting solutions in real-time.

Account for unexpected user input

While developers are good at making apps, they really don’t know how it feels until it gets to the hands of their users. These are the people who really understand what it means to handle an application because they are at liberty to handle it as they please without any form of biasness. One of the biggest challenges in app development is accounting for unanticipated user input.

This is why it is important for every app developer to be prepared to receive and validate intentional security attacks, users’ inability/failure to adhere to simple processes or guidelines, and undefined or null inputs from users. At this point, testing becomes very important. Through proper testing, developers can identify hidden bugs and errors that could affect the apps reputation and resolve them.

Improved accessibility

It is never a good thing to build or develop applications that can rarely be accessed by your users. It is critical for enterprises and individuals looking to own an Android to ensure that they build something that is well-accessible else they would end up losing customers or visitors. To this end, it is best to hire dedicated developers that really understand what it means to make an app accessible to users with various needs.

One good way to get this done is by providing improved visual communication with a solid responsive design. During Android app development, developers need to ensure that their apps work flawlessly on any device so they don’t miss out on anything. There is no better way to improve user accessibility than this.

In conclusion, it is important to anyone looking to own an app to ensure to hire dedicated developers that are will to consider various ways in which the app could potentially fail. It is one thing to identify issues or challenges in an app but resolving them in real-time is even more important.

Published on Java Code Geeks with permission by Francesco Azzola, partner at our JCG program. See the original article here: Why Developers Can’t Afford To Ignore Edge-Case Scenarios In Android App Development

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