Building our New React Native App – Tools and Lessons Learned
We started building our first Android-only React Native app about eighteen months ago. Since then, we’ve taken feedback from our users and customers and added features as we went along. A complete redesign was long overdue, both in terms of the UI, UX and the development tools we use. It’s a great feeling to redesign a product and the opportunity doesn’t come around too often. This article details the tools we’ve found useful in the redesign process along with some of the lessons we’ve learned.
We needed to quickly build a prototype of a mobile app and a website, get them in front of our users and get feedback. Sound familiar? Yep, it’s MVP time.
CargoMate is a port call optimisation platform that enables container ship owners to have real-time visibility of their fleet in port. Using machine learning, we predict when a ship is ready to depart and we let voyage planners know when their ship is ready to leave. The app we built is used by crew onboard containerships to help them track cargo operations in port. Here are a couple of lessons we learned during our first year of building.