New Ideas in Web Application Development
As the Internet, or the World Wide Web (WWW), has changed the way businesses communicate with their customers, clients, partners, and vendors, web application developers have changed the way websites are viewed as simple one-way communication devices into highly interactive tools designed to engage the users in a variety of conversations. The Internet has also affected how communities communicate with their members ... and the idea of a community has vastly changed to incorporate online communities in addition to residential or corporate communities. That two-way communication is well-supported through websites designed with the end user in mind and without good application development that supports a two-way model, we'll all be exposed to plain, static websites again.
Today's websites are prime opportunities for powerful web application development as creative people begin to integrate the latest technologies into their websites. Website application developers are now required to understand a number of developer languages including:
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- ASP.NET, which is acknowledged in the application development community to be an adaptable language for website applications. It can be easily used with other languages, such as VB, COBOL, C, and some scripting languages like Python, VBScript, and Jscript among others.
- PHP, which is currently the preferred choice for those who prefer open source web application development options. This choice is driven by the need for flexibility and custom control and was developed primarily by people who come together across an application development community to make a language that is more efficient and works for their custom needs.
Selecting the best development language to use in a particular situation can be a complicated task for application development teams and their managers because, as the numbers of web application and website development languages grows, so does the number of techniques, tools, and methods as well. The need to expand website applications and integrate them with other application development features designed to make business work flows run more smoothly means that programmers will continue to need to learn new application development languages.
Not only are websites no longer one-way, static communication devices; they are highly integrated and dynamic solutions involving a number of languages, methodologies and services to create a more complete user experience. The addition of new technologies, such as iPads, iPod Touch, mobile devices, and electronic readers assures us that new ideas in web application development will continue far into the future because website applications will now have to integrate with a far greater number of devices in the future – and the list of devices is continually growing.
Additionally, the need for high quality web application development is further boosted by the fact that the users of websites are no longer simply casual browsers interested in a little information. Now, your website visitors are actively engaged with the content and applications on your website and they are your users, not just viewers. They are often the vendors, clients, partners, and even employees of a company who need direct communication with the company through the web applications provided on the website and they need to get things done on your website. Web application developers have to be quick to adopt new software engineering techniques that embrace and even improve browser technology, protocol standards, web application trends and application development methods.