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  • Writer's pictureAbhinav Paliwal

Why you should opt for single codebase development

Updated: Apr 22

Thanks to emerging technologies, the banking sector has undergone a colossal transformation in recent years. The future of banking has moved towards cross-platform mobile frameworks (Flutter, React Native, Ionic, etc.) as well as dynamic back-ends that might involve a string of databases, all storing various components of the data.

Banking involves the continual transfer of data between the front end and back end. This requires advanced technical expertise on the banks’ part, which is certainly not their core area of expertise.

The way out for banks is to make the transformation easier for themselves. One efficient way they could do that is by implementing a single code base. These days, A popular slogan, that reverberated these days into the banking arena already is One Product One Codebase.

A single codebase is tantamount to uniformity in your business. With a single code base, you don't need to develop mobile apps separately for Android and iOS.

Advantages that stand out in terms of development from a single codebase are:-

Advantages of developing single codebase

👉🏽 UI Uniformity

There is a string of devices available everywhere – tablets, phones, laptops, desktops, etc. – used at different times and with different operating systems. With a single codebase, you get a uniform user experience across devices.

👉🏽 Reduces upgrade costs

Outdated software is always vulnerable to cybercriminals. In addition to security updates, the upgrade delivers enhanced features that revamp the end-user experience. A huge difference in terms of time and cost can be seen when your single code is working for multiple applications.

👉🏽 Version compatibility

If you go for developing the native application, it will not only consume more money and time but may also cause compatibility issues. On the other hand, with mere customization in a single codebase app, you can deploy your application on the desired platform.

👉🏽 Reusability

Once a single codebase is created, it can be used for different platforms. The same code is also used in fragments in the development of future applications. This power of reusability that the single codebase provides is a huge advantage for mobile application development.

👉🏽 Market Reach

The market penetration is set to increase with single code base apps. With a common code, it doesn’t matter whether the platform is Android, iOS, or Windows. Regardless of the platform, your users are on, the app will serve them. You spend considerably fewer resources on app development, giving your users faster access to your business.

👉🏽 Prototyping

Prototyping plays an important role in the growth of any application. Having a single codebase leads to effective prototyping. Prototyping becomes fast, easy, and effective. While developing the app, prototyping takes you in the right direction.

👉🏽 Product maintenance/testing

If you build an app without a single codebase, you have to manage maintenance per platform including bug fixing, updates, etc., which of course makes your team’s life miserable. A single codebase makes testing and maintenance easy and efficient. No wonder your maintenance staff loves a single code base.

👉🏽 Behind the scenes - Backend development

A low codebase helps in quick backend or server-side development as well. Rapid cross-platform app development using Java (with a whole host of backend frameworks) or Kotlin allows a development team to manage myriad aspects with a single source code base. The hallmark of the user interface is its intuitive user interface. But the applications need to function smoothly and this requires the backend or server-side development to be handled behind the scenes.

The applications would function seamlessly. Pre-built modules such as Open API banking, Omni-channel hub, Payments and collections, Deposits and loans, e-wallets, Vouchers and coupons, Loyalty management, Customer engagement, etc. can all be developed with a single code base. Rapid cross-platform app development using Java (with a whole host of backend frameworks) or Kotlin allows a development team to manage myriad aspects with a single source code base.

👉🏽 Cloud integration

Single codebase applications are fully compatible to be integrated with the cloud. This enhanced functionality creates a unique experience. As a developer, one can and allows developers to leverage plugins from multiple platforms, and create optimum the best user experience.


📌 Wrapping up

In a nutshell, a single codebase framework lays the foundation for a successfully customized platform that facilitates quick development, both at the front end and back end. It is a relief for business owners and companies who are always on the lookout for tools to save time and money.

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2 days ago

The article makes a compelling case for adopting a single codebase in app development, especially for the banking sector. It highlights key benefits such as UI uniformity, reduced upgrade costs, and enhanced market reach, which are crucial in today's competitive environment. The comparison of developing native apps versus a single codebase approach effectively demonstrates the efficiency gains. When considering web design vs web development, this article underscores that while design focuses on aesthetics, development with a single codebase ensures functionality and ease of maintenance. Overall, it's a well-rounded argument for streamlining app development processes to save time and resources.

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