Instant Developer? Child’s play

by Davide Maioli on 03/09/2017

Is it really so simple to use? Is it really worth using it? Can you really get enviable results with little effort?

These are some of the questions that someone who hasn’t yet used Instant Developer Cloud might legitimately ask. To answer them, I want to tell you briefly about my experience.

My name’s Davide, I’m 17, and I’m in the fourth year of high school at ITIS Nullo Baldini in Ravenna, Italy in the Computer Science section. Last summer, along with a friend, I decided to get in the game and try my hand at developing a mobile application with Instant Developer Cloud. The idea was to create an app for managing sports centers that would also allow users to be able to reserve playing fields without necessarily having to call.

First of all I want to emphasize that the critical aspect of the design process was to analyze the User Experience. It was the first time I’d done anything like this, but I realized immediately that thinking of the app by focusing on users and their situations makes a huge difference. What does the end user really want? How can I make my service as fast and convenient as possible? Designing this way helped me a lot, and I believe it’s a necessary step for anyone who wants to develop this kind of application.

So, after working through the tutorials, I started the actual programming in Instant Developer Cloud. I should say first off that when I started this project, I had absolutely no experience: in fact, in school I studied C, and I learned something about SQL and JavaScript on my own. Despite that, after just a few days I started to feel comfortable with the platform because it’s so intuitive and easy to use.

In a month and a half of work, and against all my initial predictions, we managed to complete the app, which we then named SmartMatch. Now it’s actually in the test phase at a sports center in Ravenna called MatchPoint.

I’ll end by inviting readers to try SmartMatch, which you can find in Google Play Store and App Store, and let me know what you think of it.

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/it/app/smartmatch/id1152482167?mt=8

Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.progamma.smartmatch

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