Notes and observations from across the universe.

6 Questions to Ask When Planning Your App’s Backend

When you start thinking about the backend API for your mobile app, it can sometimes be tempting to just dive right in and start building something. While this can be effective to get your app out the door, having a solid plan for your API can save you time and aggravation later.

In the past, I’ve written about how to futureproof the client side of your API calls, but today, I’m going to focus more on the actual backend itself, with a few questions that you should be asking yourself before you ever open your text editor.

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Why every app needs a remote kill switch

At some point, you’ll likely need to drop support for an older version of your app. Perhaps a critical bug popped up, or it’s just calling an outdated version of your API—either way, you need your users to upgrade.

The problem is, once someone downloads a version of your app, there’s no taking it back. Until they upgrade, they’ll be using the outdated release, and, depending on how they’ve configured their phone, that might be a while. So how do you gracefully discontinue the old version of the app?

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