Web App development includes the conception, planning, programming, and maintenance of applications.
So-called web applications have become particularly popular in recent years. These are designed for use in the browser and do not require manual downloading or installation, but are only cached in the browser. Unlike desktop applications, web apps have limited access to the device hardware.
Examples of web apps are mailing and messenger services, navigation services, and online games. Original desktop applications such as Microsoft Word are also increasingly used in the browser online. This goes hand in hand with a trend towards device and computer independence and greater use of the cloud.
With web apps, we make sure that your users can use all functions - regardless of which operating system is installed on their device. The web applications are particularly suitable if you want to provide your target audience with barrier-free options for user-friendly interaction.
Depending on the purpose, your web application can be adapted so that it meets all the usability criteria. Overall, web apps are an excellent support for your company as for the following reasons:
- Versatile opportunities to fulfill various operational tasks
- High level of interaction with target groups which leads to more trust in your brand
- The services of your company are always available
- It is an independent platform and therefore fully functional in almost every situation
- An ideal tool for your corporate communication
- More efficient conversion rate through direct exchange with the user
Let's discover the ultimate tools for web development in 2020, knowing which will save you a lot of time, letting you be on the top of the development peak.
Tools to program modern web apps
Lots of frameworks and services promise to make web programming more comfortable, faster and effortless. That's why we've collected the best tools that help.
Ruby on Rails
If you already know Ruby and want to get into web development, you can't avoid Ruby on Rails. Rails is a bit of a "rare breed" for server-side programming and lives from many programming conventions. Rails developers are not only in demand, but according to a study, the highest-paid programmers ever. Despite the cliché that Rails programmers are rather lazy - they can generate their code rather quickly, if they are professional enough. It has quickly become one of the most prominent frameworks for developing web apps. With hardly any other framework, functionally rich websites can be created so effectively and with little code. And no other framework promises so much fun!
If you want to take advantage of Rails, but you come from the PHP area and finally want to program modern web apps, you should look at Laravel. A very cool framework that, like Rails, can do a lot of work for you.
WordPress as a web development tool
Some web apps also need a CMS which stands for a Content Management System. We don't understand how other systems like Joomla, Drupal, or system like Typo3, can hold up at all. It has become the trendsetter in recent years - everything else is not worth your attention.
SourceTree for web dev
We find SourceTree clearer, and since the developers run various web development projects in the meantime, they can have all their projects there in one app. SourceTree is on Git and Mercurial. For Subversion, you can use a Subversion-Git bridge. The tool also supports the use of Git-Flow, a strategy to create and merge branches. The developer of SourceTree, Atlassian, also offers a GitHub alternative called BitBucket - we can also highly recommend it. SVN has been replaced by Git as a standard, so this is the tool that is quite modern and will remain so in the nearest time.
Bootstrap as your web development helper
Bootstrap gives us an easy and quick way to implement web designs. It ensures that this web app works in a variety of browsers and that the code conforms to standard standards.
Firebase (+ Angular) for your web application
Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could do without backend programming? Here you go: Firebase. It takes on the CDN hosting of (front-end) code and provides a database that automatically synchronizes with the client base via WebSockets tool. This not only works with Web Apps, but e.g., also with the different Android frameworks - directly integrated with Angular!
Hoodie (+ Angular)
Such a tool as Hoodie should become the open-source Firebase for your server. With no Backend needed and Offline First feature, the developers have also added beautiful new Hoodie buzzwords. It is not yet a full substitute for Firebase, but Hoodie already offers some interesting concepts, and the growing community makes a strong impression! The connection to AngularJS is especially worth a look.
Meteor (+ Angular)
P.S: Cordova / Phonegap
All in all, there are many ways to approach a web app development that is an excellent mobile version of a website and works like a regular mobile app.