By Sam Laird, Mashable:
Apps are in. There’s no denying it. Seems everyone these days has a great idea for a mobile app: apps to find food, apps to find rides, apps to find more apps. The list goes on.
But just how do you become an app developer anyway? As with so many paths to success, there’s no one rote way. But there are some common, helpful and progressive steps to turn your great kernel of an idea into reality, or land you a gig with that hot startup you’ve had your eye on.
A degree in computer science or software engineering is a very strong foundation. Alternatively, there are specialized courses you can take that are geared toward mobile app development specifically. Getting certified in different aspects of development will only make your case stronger to employers looking to hire. But the best way of all to prove you can build something great? Build something great!
To do that, you’ll need a well-rounded skillset, including UI design, familiarity with a range of programming languages, backend computing knowledge and — this one’s very important — some savvy business knowledge… Read more