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What Is Web Application Development?

Web application development is the process and practice of developing web applications. Although there are a lot of free and commercial web applications available in the market, there will be situations where none of them will meet your unique needs. Therefore, developing a web application either from scratch or from an open source web application could be the right solution for you.

Before you start to create your web application, you have to very clear on what features you want and how you will be using it. If you are not a programmer and you plan to hire one, try to think in terms of programmer when you are communicating your ideas to him or her. For example, programmers usually do not rank the look and feel of a web application as the most important factor of web application development while you might want it to look good above everything else. Angus Madden wrote a good article titled Fundamentals of Web Application Development, on why he ranks graphic design as the lowest priority below security, maintainability, usability and performance. It is hard to find one person who can do everything about web application development at an outstanding level. You might need to hire a web designer to create a cool interface for your web application and web programmer to create all the technical aspects of the web application separately.

What are Web Applications?

A web application is one that you can access via your browser over the network. Web applications are found both via the Internet, or in intranets. These computer applications are often coded in languages that your browser supports, like JavaScript, Java, PHP and HTML and can be used on many different browsers. They are popular because they’re easy to update without installing software of thousands of computers and you don’t need special software to use them. Some common web applications you might be familiar with include wikis, discussion boards, blogs, webmail and online auction sites.

Benefits of Web Applications

Most of us don’t think much about the benefits of web applications. In fact, most of us don’t think about these applications at all. That’s because they’re so transparent that we can use them without thinking about them. However, without the applications that run sites like Wikipedia and eBay, the Internet would be a much different place. These applications do a lot for us.

Web applications offer easy compatibility across platforms. It doesn’t matter if the user prefers a particular browser, or if they choose to run Mac OS, Windows, Linux or even less common operating systems. The application will still run. These much more manageable applications only need to be installed on your server, rather than on the user’s computer, so there don’t need to many versions of the same software. Updating is a lot easier, too. That means that people involved in web application development are able to provide wider access than they would be able to otherwise. Using web applications allows you to reach more people.

Web applications are often cheaper than traditional ones. That’s because maintenance and support are reduced. You also don’t need complicated architecture or an overly built up end user system, because requirements and stresses are lower. Using a web based application lets you streamline things and save money.

Disadvantages of Web Applications

Producing a web application comes with a certain amount of risk. Software bugs and security is a huge concern for e-commerce applications. Web applications allow people to have free access to it via the internet or an intranet, which exposes it to a potential hacker who might try to steal information or wreak havoc with the database and code.

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