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How Can You Choose The Right Library For Your App Development?

We just discussed the pros and cons of using the third party libraries in the app development. Well, with that blog you must have decided whether the pros are heavier than the cons or not. If you think third party libraries are a good thing to use, the second question popping your mind would be how can you choose a reliable third party library? Now, obviously when using a third party library or not is a question, which one to pick and which one to ditch would be a bigger question.

Don’t worry we are here to guide you. It’s better to know about the libraries during your Android or iPhone training. This will help you use them during your training and know how to deal with them and whether it is a really good idea to use them or not? Let’s get started with how you can choose the correct library while development.

Choose Right Library For Your App Development

1) The Popularity of the Library

Development platforms like GitHub have built-in crowdsource evaluation. Check on these platforms how much ratings have your chosen library has received. If the ratings are good, the next thing you need to check is that what are the problems reported for your library. If the library has support from a good amount of developers, it means the library is sufficiently popular and quality rich.

2) Active Developer’s Community

Good and popular libraries have an active developers community. They make sure of their maintenance and growth. They will be on their toes to solve any issues arising in the library and keep it up to date for every new version. Such libraries are the best to use as they are never going to be abandoned.

3) Author’s Reliability

A background check on the author won’t be a bad idea. A reliable author won’t be publishing a buggy library. And of course, you don’t want to get stuck with a buggy and left out the library. Check whether the Author is active on Github? Whether he has only one library active or have multiple libraries published? Are they actively helping the user of the library with their issues? Do they fix the bugs or accept the pull requests? A library that has support from its author is supposed to stay here for the long run, remain stable, and have framework updates.

Right Library For Your App Development

4) Open Source

You can’t check the quality or the performance without having any access to the library’s code. Hence, it is important for your third-party library to be open source. Also debugging wouldn’t be possible and the security risk involved without the transparency counts.

5) Proper License

The choice of the library also depends on the license it has. Certain libraries can have limited use license. Check that before you use it and then regret. For example, there are certain libraries which can have restrictions for commercial product release. If your app is a commercial product and you have used this library, it can be an issue. So, check the proper license of the library without fail.

6) Well-Written

Good authors always document well. Check the code of the library and analyze how well structured it is. Check whether it has a well-structured README file or not. The integration will be easy and flawless when the library you use is well-written. This will also reduce the chances of bugs and crash.

7) Specific Needs

If the library you pick does not fulfill all the requirements of your app development project, you will need to tweak it. You better know that tweaking the library would take as much time as it will be needed to code it all by yourself. Also, if you pick a library that has too many features that are definitely not needed for the app is a bad fit for the app. Get your needs sorted very precisely and keep searching until you find the perfect fit. If you can’t find, write your own.

 

Third-Party Libraries for App Development

Is It Advisable To Use Third-Party Libraries While App Development?

Whether it is Android or iPhone app development, we always hear the developers using third-party libraries. We know that they use but whether they should or they should not is something still in mystery. Every Android or iPhone training program you see, the institutes have mentioned the training to use third party libraries. The students being unaware of the pros and cons learn whatever they get to learn at the training institutes they have picked. If you are a student who has enrolled for iPhone or Android training program and on the verge of learning integration of third-party libraries, let me help them make an informed decision. Here are some of the pros and cons of using third-party libraries for app development.

Pros of Using Third-party Libraries

1) Accelerates the Development Process

One of the major benefits of using third party libraries is that it saves a lot of time for the developer. Developers can ditch the development of the functionality that the library already offers and pay attention to more important things of like logic of the app. Reading and understanding the library might consume time but not as much as it will be needed in developing that functionality from scratch.

2) Modular Code Usage

Another benefit is that it motivates the developer to write and work with the modular code. The code of the library is separate from that of the app’s code which makes the communication across well- defined boundaries. On a contrary, if the developers develop a feature all by himself, it might be difficult to decouple it from the rest of the app code. A well-built library allows the developer to get a clean and more clear code.

3) Usage of Pre-Tested Code

Testing and bug fixing is another highlighting advantage of using a third party library in development. A famous library would have been used several times and bugs would be reported and the solution would have been given as well. Hence, using such libraries will ensure the quality and stability of the app.

usage of Third-Party-Libraries in app development

Cons of Using Third-party Libraries

1) Memory Consumption

Using plenty of libraries can cause several issues and one of the most common ones is increasing the size of the app and hence a huge memory consumption. This can make the app slow and create performance issues therein as well.

2) Security Malfunctions

Using third-party libraries might raise some of the security concerns like vulnerabilities in the open source libraries. These are becoming the most favorite targets for hackers.

3) Support Issues

When the library is waved goodbye by its Author, it can create an issue for the app. This is most probably seen in Android platform where newer versions are released frequently. A library asks for continuous maintenance to make it compatible with the latest version of the SDK. In the case of non-maintenance, the library might not function properly on new devices.

Well, as a developer now you know what’s more important for you when you are developing an app. You have seen both the sides of using a third party library. Before deciding the best, implement both of them during your live project training during your Android or iPhone training to get to the tried and tested conclusion.

Stay tuned to the Developers Academy blog as next one is about, “ How can you choose the right library for your app development.”

 

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