A Web-based application is an application which doesn’t need to be installed and it can be launched through all browsers in any devices. This type of app is more flexible and accessible and it can be run via the cloud. There are some advantages web-based applications have over the traditional desktop apps which makes it preferable. One of the most important advantage is its portability. With web-based apps, users don’t have to install additional software, and developers don’t have to write multiple versions of the same application for different operating systems. It is profitable for both the developer and the user in which there is no need for the developer to develop the app for each OS individually and there is no need for users to download and install the app on their devices. This article is going to describe the benefits of web apps and also explains how to create a web-based application from the beginning.
One of the significant benefits of web apps both on the developer side and the user side is that these apps don’t need to be updated and released for each individual operating system so that users have access to the latest version of the apps through any devices just by using an up-to-date browser and plugins. The developers on the other side, simply need to release one update for the web application and it helps to obtain more predictable and reliable results since the upgrades are performed only once by a professional. There’s no need to install any software on client machines, so, it doesn’t have to be reinstalled when your app undergoes a major update. Furthermore, even completely replacing the software on the server will require no changes on clients’ devices as long as they still can access the server.
Take it easy, u don’t need a High-end processor
Running a web-based app doesn’t need a powerful processor and devices so that almost everyone with any kinds of smart devices can use it without trouble. The only necessity is to have an updated browser to launch the web app. On the other hand, on the server-side, increasing processor capacity is easier using web-based apps. The only step a developer has to do is upgrading the physical server hardware in order to empower the processing capacity because of the fact that running the software on more than one server at the same time increases the processor capacity. Web app development is becoming more popular among developers because of the power it gives them. With this new model, it restricts unauthorized access to devices and software and developer only has to support one version of the software on different OS. In this way, user’s data will be kept safe and inaccessible.
In the web app development process, the first stage is to identify user’s needs and business analysis and requirement engineering in order to document what users really need and to provide an understandable document for the development team. After choosing the best methodology, identify the system architecture and frameworks, design UI, specify blueprint, start programming and then testing the system and bug fixing.
User interface, key factor of success
User-friendliness of the User interface of an application is one of the key success factors of that application. Interaction design describes flow of the application or how each elements of the interface should behave when user interacts with the application. Therefore designing an acceptable UI and UX can be considered as a crucial stage in developing a web application. Web Applications are dynamic web sites combined with server-side programming which provide functionalities such as interacting with users, connecting to back-end databases, and generating results to browsers.
Server-side coding, on the other hand, is the code that is executed by the webserver. Server Side Scripting is not viewable or accessible by any visitor or general user. The most common server-side coding technologies used by developers are PHP, Zend Framework, ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, Ruby on Rails, Perl, and Python.
One of the most important parts of web app development is testing and debugging which is time-consuming. In the testing process it is necessary to test bugs and test the quality of the product. It is also essential to test the app in multiple browsers to check its compatibility. Another important issue is the security of the app. It is crucial to keep user’s data safe from any unauthorized access through the app. Before releasing the app, it is necessary to check the performance and usability of the app in each part. During the software release life cycle these versions are released: Pre Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Release Candidate, Release (v1.0, v1.2).
Web-based apps are cross-platform and universally accessible. Unlike desktop software, web-based apps are accessible anywhere and anytime, as long as you have access to a device with an Internet connection. Using Web-based applications allow you to spend less money in software development. Since web-based apps can be run on any platform, you won’t have to pay developers to create multiple versions of your program (for Mac OS and Windows, or for Android and iOS). Your single web-based application will be available to users of all mobile and desktop operating systems. Web-based apps are great at saving your data. Web-based applications are easy to update and maintain. Therefore, web-based applications have advantages both in developing stage and usage stage by users which make us choose it over desktop applications.