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The Difference Between Desktop Programming and Mobile Programming

Operating Systems 17 Jan 2014
The Difference Between Desktop Programming and Mobile Programming

In this day and age, when a web programmer or a desktop programmer tries his hand at mobile programming, they will realize the fundamental differences between the environments of both. There are some distinct differences when it comes to programming on a mobile device.

Almost all conventional desktop programming is done on laptops, PCs, and other such devices, wherein there is a standard keyboard that is used to note all the required codes. It also offers a relatively large display device that helps the programmers visualize what they write.

In spite of the many differences and the greater availability of resources in desktop programming, mobile app programming is the order of the day. Here are some of the various differences between desktop programming and mobile programming.

How You Connect?

When dealing with mobile computing, a temporary lack of network connectivity can be an issue. A mobile user is usually on the move and travels through various physical locations that cause fluctuations in network coverage. This can also be due to physical obstructions or lack of sufficient network infrastructure.

While a desktop has complete access to network connectivity, programming can be done easily. Initially, small utilities on a mobile device can be developed. In order to develop a meaningful application, the programmer must keep this difference in mind while programming on mobile.

How it Looks on the Screen?

The most notable differences in programming on smartphone devices are a combination of the smaller screen size, lower resolution of the device and a lack of a comfortable keyboard, or input device. Programmers have more freedom when it comes to programming on desktop websites as they have the luxury of sharing all sorts of information about a business.

While on mobile devices it is essential to prioritize the content for the users, so they get exactly what they require the most. In recent times, programming on mobile devices has grown 10 times faster than desktop programming. Even though programming on a mobile device or a desktop both use of common programming frameworks like C++ and web, the tools and the actual environments differ significantly.

Availability of Resources:

A modest personal PC today has at least a 3 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a few hundred gigabytes of disk storage. On the other hand, mobile devices can have a 1 GHz processor and up to 64 GB of memory space. This results in a huge gap in the available resources found on handheld mobile systems and desktop systems.

However, there has been a massive increase in the popularity of mobile devices. This has resulted in a tremendous shift from conventionally used devices to mobile devices. In this day and age, most of the aspects of modern day computing are making a gradual shift towards mobile computing. The sudden shift towards mobile devices has resulted in the growing trend of programming on mobile devices.

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