Reuse comes to pass in the app world

Reuse comes to pass in the app world

Summary: With millions of apps already out there, why re-invent the wheel?

TOPICS: Cloud, Mobility

There are plenty of mobile apps out there — why can't some of them be repurposed, versus writing new ones from scratch over and over again?

iPad photo by Joe McKendrick 5-2013
(Image: Joe McKendrick/ZDNet)

That's the gist of a new story from Todd R Weiss, which has interesting echoes of the service-orientation movement. That is, rather than reinvent the wheel each time a service needs to be deployed, tap into the repository of existing services, and reuse them in other functions or processes.

On a different scale, mobile apps can also get reused for different purposes. Weiss cited the example of Justin Miller, co-founder of, who reported that he has received a lot of corporate and individual interest in adapting the app for non-wedding purposes.

IBM, for one, thought the app, which collects smartphone photos from wedding guests into an online account, would be useful at its conferences. The challenge, Miller said, is adding marketing and scaling to promote the app deeper into the enterprise market.

SOA calls for more expansive thinking early on in development projects, with consideration of how a service can and will be shared. Perhaps today's generation of app developers can adopt this thinking as well.

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  • Perhaps today's generation of app developers can adopt this thinking

    Cannibalism is cool...
  • OSS?

    Re-use of code is the primary reason it is taking over the world. It is simple a more efficient use of resources.
  • Yes and the sky is blue and Americans eat a lot of apple pie

    I rarely find smart phone apps that I'm willing to download let alone pay for.

    Way too many of them are repackaged web pages without back buttons, resize and rotate features. Way way too many want access to my contacts, gps coordinates and other private data on the phone that is not needed to look up recipes or give me another social media portal.

    There are legitimate reasons for apps written for proprietary devices like iPhones and Androids but not as many as the "app developers" think.