One of the best things about developing an application with Python is the wealth of resources at your fingertips. You don’t have to develop your application from scratch and can instead rely on existing modules, SDKs, components and fragments to speed up the development project.
SDKs are especially useful if you want to integrate features and services into your app. There are also plenty of SDKs that can be integrated. In addition to choosing the right one to use, here are the 5 tips you should know about using SDKs to integrate features.
Never proceed directly to integrate an SDK, especially if you have not thoroughly assessed the features offered. You want to be extra sure that the SDK you are integrating has a valuable function.
You also want to do a cost-benefit analysis; While most SDKs are easy to integrate, you should still check if integrating the SDK is worth the benefits it brings.
Planning ahead is key here. While you’re at it, make sure the SDK also plays well with the other features and modules you already have in the app. Ensuring cross-compatibility with user devices and the production environment in general is also something you want to do before deciding to move forward with the integration.
Check the logs
When you integrate an SDK, you essentially rely on the developers behind that service or feature to maintain the feature for you. The lifespan of your application now depends on one extra external factor. Again, this is not a decision you want to make lightly.
What you can do is partner with reputable service and solution providers. For example, if you want to add barcode scanning to your ERP app, you have reputable names like Scandit offering the proven barcode scanning SDK.
Review the development logs and review future development plans if the document is available. The two resources will help you better understand the developer behind the SDK; they also allow you to tailor your development to future features that will be added to the SDK.
Learn and communicate
The best SDKs come with extensive development documents; they are there for a reason. Before you begin the integration process, take the time to thoroughly understand the development resources.
You will be surprised by the features and capabilities you can find in a seemingly simple SDK. Studying development resources can also help you prepare for development.
As an extra step, don’t hesitate to communicate directly with the developers. More importantly, make sure you are part of the developer community for the SDK. An online forum or discussion board is a goldmine of tips, solutions, and even hacks, and they all make the SDK you integrate much more valuable to your application.
One last tip to remember when integrating SDKs: make them as flexible as possible. Avoid hard-coding things like parameters and strings, and follow best practices to make your app easier to maintain and update.
When combined with the other three tips we’ve discussed in this article, you can add great features without having to develop everything yourself.