Are you about to develop your first web application? Just wait here. Have you prepared a road map of developing a web application?. Developing a web application, even for the first time is not as simple as like eating a cake piece. You must have some prior web design and development experience to achieve exactly what you wanted at the end. No matter you are going to develop a simple application or a business application, if you have some technical knowledge of web design and development, continue reading and collect valuable details that will help you to use on a broader scale for your application development from just an idea to the final product. To help you a lot with your application development, you need to develop some sense about the following categories, such as:
It doesn’t matter you are going to build an application for yourself or for one of your clients, if your application has potential to solve a problem which might have the same problem for someone else in the universe, you have a chance to help that person with your application. You can make a good sum of money from your application by making it available to whomever that needs your application. However, all this is only possible only if your application worth for doing business. So analyze that your application has any business potential or not once you emerge in developing an application.
Business Analysis and Requirements Documentation:
The next step is to prepare a requirements document which is a collection of all the features and functionality of a project that needs to be delivered. It also includes organized notes of what a developer can be successfully provided from the requested system of the clients within the cost and schedule parameters available for the developers or development team. Requirements document also eliminates the clutter from the head of the client as well as software developer as it can be used as a guide to develop the exact system that a customer or you wanted to develop.
It might possibly that your application is that just the next ground breaking idea that would make the world a better place or simplify human life significantly. But, your management approach of developing your application holds great role to play in ensuring success or failure of your system.
Therefore, you need to move through the development process which helps you respond to the unpredictability through incremental, iterative work and empirical feedback. That’s where Agile Methodology comes and proposed as the best method over other traditional sequential development process. Agile allows rapid tests of the applications and making sure you are not spending excessive time of the things which would not add value to your project. It also helps you reduce cost to develop an application as well as time to market.
Minimum Viable Product:
The concept behind ‘Minimum Viable Product’ is simple and that is to test that how your web or mobile app will gain popularity with an audience of users. The advantage of MVP is you can test the market potential of your application without designing an entire application with a set of fully loaded features. MVP takes significantly less time to design and include only the sufficient, or minimum, features needed to test the app in the right market and gain early interest from users and consumers. It is helpful as it let you collect valuable data for creating the final full feature product and for adding additional features. User feedback helps you improve your product and gain stakeholder interest.
Repository and Version Control:
Version control is incredibly useful in software development or application development for tracking down regressions regardless of how many developers are working on a project. It is helpful in any form of distributed, collaborative development. Version control system is a repository of files, with monitored access. It is made to track each change as it was made, and to reverse changes when necessary. A repository of files is actually the source code of computer programs that not only allows change, but also let you figure-out who made the change, why they made it, and references to problems fixed, or enhancements introduced, by the change. It can also serve as a mechanism for due diligence for software projects.
Web application architecture is basically the blueprint and a skeleton of your application. Every web application uses a client-server architecture, where the client requests for services and server provides the services that could be any resources such as data, file, object, CPU time, etc. A more complex architecture might have a separate database server and a separate file server which allows talk to the primary server where our application is hosted.
Though the basic model of a website architecture will be same, but the mandatory components of a web application architecture, includes front-end/client side, Back-End/Server Side, Database, Database Abstraction, The server – Software, The server – Hardware and State-full / Stateless. There are many other components of web application architecture that can be used on a need basis. When you are about to develop web application, be sure you have the underlying architecture of the application designed properly, as it will be the foundation of your application and it has to be structured right.
Pushing out a finished, polished application well before your competitor do it is a key to success in this current day and age. Since, many new web development frameworks are sprouting out a more rapid pace than anyone could keep up with, determining on a framework in order to create your next, hot web application is a serious step to take. You need to choose the framework that allows implementing new features or tightening of the code base rather than one where extreme time used for coding everything from scratch, excluding even the mundane things and spend time reinventing the wheel. The market is flooded with new web application development frameworks covering all the usual aspects of an application, including database access, authentication, session management and much more. So, make your decision widely.
If you wish to make your development time more pleasing, make sure you begin development with the right set of tools in your toolbox. Also make sure you are familiar with these set of tools as it aid you navigate your code with ease. These tools could be code editor, database manager/design tools, image editors, etc. Selecting the set of tools are all personal choices depending on what kind of projects you want to work on, but being familiar with the ins and outs of these tools allow to stay ahead in today’s fast phase coding world.
This is the most neglected part of web development process, but it is one of the most important phases of application development. In application development, no amount of testing is enough and everyone will agree with that. Testing is what we sure about that our site will work well and will make a good impression upon visitors. To be sure about such, it is important to perform web tests to measure performance of your web system and its components. There are many online testing tools available, but you shouldn’t rely on them for precise results. However, manual testing could also be performed if possible if comes under budget.
Although, testing is an infinite process of comparing the invisible to the ambiguous in order to avoid the unthinkable happening to the anonymous.
Now you have a general idea of what a web application is and what steps you need to take to create a web based application. So begin your first web application development today.