What are Web Applications?

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Web Applications are defined as dynamic websites. When combined with server-side programming they can provide advanced functionalities. These functionalities are things like financial reporting, interacting with users, connecting to databases, and generating reports and results to browsers.

Web applications are divided into two main categories:

1. Client Side

Client Side scripting or coding is executed or interpreted by browsers and is generally viewable by any visitor to a site.

Some client-side coding and scripting technologies are:

HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)
jQuery (JavaScript Framework Library)
MooTools (JavaScript Framework Library)
Dojo Toolkit (JavaScript Framework Library)

II. Server Side

Server Side coding is executed or interpreted by the web server and is not viewable by the general public. Read more about, how react development outsourcing works.

Some server-side coding and scripting technologies are:

PHP (WordPress is PHP)
ASP (Microsoft Web Server language)
ASP.NET (next generation ASP)
ColdFusion (Adobe’s Framework)
Ruby on Rails
Perl (predecessor to PHP)
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Program libraries are defined as a collection of commonly used functionalities that can be shared. In other words, instead of recreating common features such as chat software, developers can simply grab the feature from the library, install it and modify it to suit their needs. In this instance, they will only have to spend time on fixing the wheel, not reinventing it.

Web Application frameworks are collection sets of these program libraries. By combining popular features into the software, frameworks make it even faster and easier to access because the functionality or module is added by default. WordPress is a very good example of this ideology. The entire framework comes ready to install with pre-defined media types, responsive behavior, templated pages, dynamic posts, and programmable widgets. In order to customize it, a developer simply needs to add plugins and or adjust parts of the theme. They do not have to recode the entire framework to produce the desired results.

What is the framework that is used for developing a specific project?

This is extremely important to decide upon before proceeding to work because while developers can easily update, modify and fix the modules and functionalities, they cannot easily alter the framework and need to work within its parameters. There are many different frameworks available and some produce better results than others depending on the platform or desired result. The developer will decide which one is best suited for the job at hand.

An example:

AnglularJS can be used to create web applications and does a reasonably great job at it. However, it is most commonly used for mobile. In fact, because it is the preferred standard for mobile, Angular’s developers stated in an official statement that it will focus most of its efforts on the mobile aspects when it releases it’s new AngularJS 2.0 version sometime in 2015.

If you want to produce a highly advanced mobile application then you may want to hire an expert in AnglularJS and NodeJS rather than one who works with Coldfusion.

Why are frameworks so important for web applications?

They help designers (without any programming experience) to be able to edit the interface and make design changes without help from a programmer.
Fixing functionalities or design is based on the module, libraries or individual tool and not the entire website, This makes it easy to find a problem and fix it without having to reconstruct the entire website.
Programmers can easily share libraries and implement complex functionalities and features in a fast and highly efficient manner.
Efficiency is all but guaranteed in this method.
The demand for companies like CronJ to build Web Applications is growing substantially. If planned and built correctly, web applications can reach millions of users with a single click, generate income and build scalable user-centric websites for generations to come.
Why would companies want to build web applications?

They can streamline internal departments and worker functions such as reporting, databasing and error control.
They are mobile, flexible and produce instant results (real time).
Web applications have a global reach.
Companies who build these applications have an impact on the future of business and technology.
A well-built application has the ability to take a company in a new direction and profit from it.
They are user-friendly and extremely marketable.
The question is not whether you want to create web applications but rather how will you create them. When it comes to mobile applications, NodeJS or AngularJS is what you want and CronJ is the team you need!

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Thinking about becoming a web designer or developer? It is not as difficult as you think, however, there is a small learning curve that involves understanding the basic principles.

Regardless of whether you choose to design or develop websites, you must start at the beginning and learn the basics.

Web Design Languages
There are three basic languages that are the standards for every website, they are HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

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HTML or Hypertext Markup Language defines the content within the pages by tagging text files.
CSS or Cascading Style Sheets define the layout on the pages.
Slightly different from HTML, CSS allows you to change colors, fonts and other content elements as a whole entity rather than individually. In the past, when designers wanted to make a change to a heading, they had to make the changes on all pages in order for them to match. CSS allows the designer to change all headings at one time while still accommodating individual changes. CSS was one of the first revolutions in web design, there have been many since then.

CSS was one of the first revolutions in modern web design, there have been many since then.

Javascript creates the behavior or functionality of the pages.
Together, these three languages provide a number of different design elements and functionalities.

Web Design Trends
Each year brings forth a new design trend such as parallax behavior and responsiveness. A web designer or developer must be well-versed in these trends because they affect the functionality, marketing and buying process of a website.

Web Design Elements
Anyone can create a basic website with a little bit of effort but to become a really good designer you must be creative and have a keen eye for design. Things like choice of color, fonts, and imagery can really make a difference.

There seems to be a great deal of confusion between web development and web design and that is simply because there is a great deal of overlapping. The best way to explain this is to simply state that web designers are the architects of the web and developers are typically the builders or “coders” of the web. Web developers use more advanced programs like PHP, ASP, Ruby on Rails along with the three basics languages as mentioned. Web designers use programs like PhotoShop to create graphic illustrations.

There are a number of free and paid resources you can use if you want to get started on the path to becoming a designer or developer, all you need is a little time and effort to make it happen.

My personal advice to anyone learning or starting something new is always the same, if you can find free resources that offer quality instruction in it then you should take advantage of it. Learning the basics for free provides you with the choice of whether or not to pursue the challenge without risk of loss. If you realize that design is not for you, the only thing you have lost is a bit of time but gained some knowledge which is always valuable.

W3 schools provide a very good resource library if you prefer to read and learn at your own pace, but it has often been criticized by developers as not being 100% accurate, however, for the most part, it is a good place to start. If you prefer a more visual approach the Little Web Hut offers some amazing video tutorials on just about everything that you can imagine.


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