HTML5, CSS3 are the best languages used for Mobile UI, IoT Application Development

The Internet of Things is made up of different components to make things work seamlessly for its users. Software, hardware, and firmware solutions are the things that are making the Internet of Things work seamlessly together.

This is a follow-up blog to “Why JavaScript is the Top Programming Languages for Building IoT Applications”. In our last blog we talked about JavaScript and how it is a great programming language for developing web based IoT applications, now this blog addresses how HTML5 and CSS3 with JavaScript are used for mobile user interface development to work seamlessly with web applications.

Vensi has been working with numerous Industrial IoT applications to work on multiple platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows apps, we are seeing with many others that JavaScript, HTML5 & CSS3 are great combinations of programming languages that are building Mobile, UI, Web and IoT applications seamlessly and providing a lower development cost to our clients.

HTML5, CSS3 are the best languages used for Mobile UI, IoT Application Development

Wikipedia defines CSS as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation of a document written in a markup language. Although most often used to set the visual style of web pages and user interfaces written in HTML and XHTML, the language can be applied to any XML document, including plain XML, SVG, and XUL, and is applicable to rendering in speech, or on other media. Along with HTML and JavaScript, CSS is a cornerstone technology used by most websites to create visually engaging web pages, user interfaces for web applications, and user interfaces for many mobile applications.

Benefits of CSS3:

  1. Compatible With Older Versions
  2. Simple and Independent
  3. View and Change Friendly
  4. Speedy Development
  5. Platform Independent and Cross Browser Compatible
  6. Attractive Backgrounds
  7. Borders and Texts
  8. Images and Animations
  9. Testing the Features

HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. It is the fifth and current version of the HTML standard, HTML5 is used by web developers to create web content and cross-platform applications.

Benefits of Html5:

  1. Semantics: allowing you to describe more precisely what your content is.
  2. Connectivity: allowing you to communicate with the server in new and innovative ways.
  3. Offline and storage: allowing web pages to store data on the client-side locally and operate offline more efficiently.
  4. Multimedia: making video and audio first-class citizens in the Open Web.
  5. 2D/3D graphics and effects: allowing a much more diverse range of presentation options.
  6. Performance and integration: providing greater speed optimization and better usage of computer hardware.
  7. Device access: allowing for the usage of various input and output devices.
  8. Styling: letting authors write more sophisticated themes.

The combination of JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 are helping to create and bring UI and IoT applications to the market faster, by developing on one platform to be used across multiple operating systems, which reduces not only development cost, saves time and works seamlessly on multiple platforms.

Vensi Inc is skilled in developing the web and mobile applications using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3, we are also specialized in developing IoT Applications and Web Bluetooth Apps.

If you need assistance to develop the best mobile, web or IoT applications contact us at vensi.com/contact_us or visit us at www.vensi.com for more information on our products.

Why JavaScript is the Top Programming Languages for Building IoT Applications

The Internet of Things is a made up of a lot of different components to make things work seamlessly for its users. Software, hardware, and firmware solutions are the things that are making the Internet of Things work seamlessly together.

This is a two part blog addressing web & mobile applications for IoT programming languages that are making entry into IoT easier without creating new programming languages specifically for IoT solutions.

JavaScript is the top scripting language used to create apps on both web and mobile devices for IoT applications along with other applications.

Wikipedia defines JavaScript as a high-level, dynamic, untyped, and interpreted programming language. It has been standardized in the ECMAScript language specification. Alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript is one of the three core technologies of World Wide Web content production; the majority of websites employ it, and all modern Web browsers support it without the need for plug-ins.

Why JavaScript is the Top Programming Languages for Building IoT Applications

JavaScript has different frameworks like Angular.JS, Angular2, ReactJS and these frameworks are used in coding to create hybrid mobile apps useful for multiple OS platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows. Angular.Js is a web application framework used to create single page applications by developers. JavaScript with Apache Cordova frameworks are used in creating cross-platform mobile applications. The applications developed using JavaScript will be mostly for user interface applications which are user-friendly, and easy to access. JavaScript is also the preferred language in the development of  Web Bluetooth Apps as per W3C group standards.

Node.js is a JavaScript open source environment used in developing different server tools and applications. Node.js allows the creation of networking tools and web servers using JavaScript. Node.js applications can run on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platforms.

JavaScript supports physical device and the IoT  platforms and is becoming the language of choice, because of its ability to support an inter-operable platform for many different applications.

Vensi Inc is skilled in developing the web and mobile applications using JavaScript. We are also specialized in developing IoT Applications, Web Bluetooth Apps using JavaScript.

If you need assistance to develop the best mobile, web or IoT applications contact us at vensi.com/contact_us or visit us at www.vensi.com for more information on our products.

How Cloud Technologies are Enabling Mobile Application Development

The App development world is taking advantage of cloud technologies to develop mobile applications. With the advancement of recent technologies like Cloud Computing, which is very significant in enabling mobile app development and is playing a major role by helping developers provide a better user experience.

Cloud Technologies are being used by developers worldwide, which is adding to the increase in mobile application deployment and an increase in multiple devices deployed. Using HTML5 is giving app developers the ability to provide uninterrupted service levels, providing network reception is good. Cloud Computing technologies are also reducing custom application development cost, by reducing building testing and deployment of these apps, managing servers are one example of a burden to developers that is now reduced with Cloud Computing.

How Cloud Technologies are Enabling Mobile Application Development

Cloud Computing Technologies is an Internet-based computing technology that provides and shares information, files and data to the users in a wide range through online sources. We can access the data anywhere from the world. The Shared information will be secure, reliable and ease to access. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are some of the cloud service providers frequently used by developers for sharing information for Mobile App Development.

A huge benefit to using cloud technologies for mobile app development is that cloud technologies offer scalability, the server-less architecture of the cloud allows developers to scale up or down as needed. These solutions are used to integrate data analytics and other advanced technologies, all of this is apart of the Internet of Things.

Features that cloud technologies are enabling:

Moving the apps and the data to the cloud, that were once stored on the device, reaches to a wider audience because the apps can be run on multiple operating systems, with added functionality.

Vensi, Inc has specialized in developing cloud computing solutions for mobile applications using HTML5 as a framework and has a great technical team with great experience, for more information contact us at vensi.com/contact_us

Hybrid Mobile App Development with Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI & Phonegap

Mobile application development has changed for the better for today’s developers, you don’t need to have native app development experience. Now you can use web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript to develop cross-platform applications for iOS, Android and Web apps. In the recent past, it was very common to develop apps for each mobile operating systems, and the web. Today the advantages of cross-platform development outweigh the advantages of native app development for the end client, developers, and users of mobile applications.

Some advantages of cross-platform development.

  • The consistency of applications across multiple platforms.
  • Application development cycle is reduced.
  • Updates to apps are instantly synced without submitting changes to the app stores.
  • The cost of development is reduced.
  • The single version of coding can be used for multiple platforms.

Hybrid Mobile Apps Using Sencha Touch, Mobile Angular UI & Phonegap
SenchaTouch is an HTML5 framework that is popular with developers for creating multiple mobile app platforms for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry, Sencha’s popularity for hybrid app developers is due to it’s consistency across the platforms it supports by providing a native look and feel. Sencha is based on web standards, which means it supports technical specification that defines the World Wide Web. The standards that are commonly supported by the web are, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript.

Sencha allows catering to different screen sizes for mobile and web interfaces when the application is loaded the framework determines the type of device being used. The corresponding profiles determine which components and functionality, views and controllers need to be used, which saves developers time from creating apps for different platforms.

Mobile Angular UI is an HTML5 framework that uses Bootstrap 3 and Angularjs, to create interactive mobile apps. This hybrid app development code provides essential mobile components to hybrid app development, switches, overlays, sidebars, scrollable areas and top and bottom nav bars that stay fixed. This framework makes it easy to bring existing desktop frameworks to mobile applications, giving developers a responsive and touch enable the interface. This is a great framework for building mobile websites, using both Bootstrap and Angularjs.

PhoneGap is very popular mobile application development framework that enables developers to build applications for mobile devices, using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript instead of using platform specific API’s like, iOS, Android and Windows, by extending these features to work with the specific devices. PhoneGap takes advantage of native and web based codes to create cross-platform applications, by bridging web applications and mobile devices to solve the problems of building apps in multiple languages.

Vensi Inc, we are a team of experts who are specialized in the development of hybrid app development using various cross platform sources like PhoneGap, Sencha Touch etc. Vensi software development team uses these frameworks and developed hybrid applications for its partners and provided the best solution for the desired project. We are also experts in developing IoT applications.

Why Responsive Mobile App Design is better than Native App Design in Mobile

Since 2006 there has been a huge increase in mobile application developers, today in 2016 there is an estimated 12 million app developers across the world. This demand is because a lot more companies are adopting a “Mobile-First Strategy” instead of desktop first.

Responsive Mobile App Design

Before the mobile first strategy became the new business strategy, most web designers and their client’s approach to software development, was to implement the desktop version of a project first and then to create mobile applications later. The approach now has been mobile first and then desktop, some think that this may be a trend, but if you look at some of the data that is available on the web you’ll see that this is a present day reality.

Let’s take for example the number of mobile web users worldwide, there is an astounding 1.2 billion mobile web users, 25 percent of those user, rarely use desktops to access the web. The other statistics is that over 10.9 billion mobile apps have been downloaded; these numbers are staggering considering there is an estimated 7.4 billion people on planet earth.

Companies are realizing that by designing mobile applications first, rather than desktop first. You don’t have to deal with the complex issues of scaling back from a desktop design. When designing with a desktop first strategy, you put everything you have into that desktop design, technology and use up all of real estate, only to realize that trying to put all of this information on a mobile app, makes for a watered down version on the mobile side, because you have to remove a lot of the pertinent information to make it scale to a mobile app version.

With mobile design as the first priority, you get to decide how you can make your project more robust, and can build upon content and features. If you load up all of the content and features like text, audio, video, etc., which is normally done in a desktop development. Then you face the issues of having more content than it is actually needed for the mobile version, if all of that is to work on a mobile app it will negatively affect the operation of the app. This will turn users off and they will look for another similar mobile application.

The mobile first approach might put a little more work into the initial creation of the project’s scope, as everyone will want to focus on the absolute necessities for the project to avoid an unnecessary functionality performance lags on the mobile devices. Once the app is released then you’ll be able to add additional content and functionality based on the devices ability to handle them.

The mobile first approach uses responsive design, which for a non developer sounds great; it addresses all of the platforms in one development cycle. The downfall of responsive design is in its complexity. There are not many mobile application developers that have the capability to work with the many different languages to code it properly to fit to android, iOS and desktop screen sizes. Some developers are limited to developing on desktop because they have to really consider all of the possibilities with the lack of real estate and that alone limits their creativity. Developers are forced to look at the canvas in a much smaller view, and then add the most important things in the mobile view to make it as important or usable to desktop.

If you’re considering mobile application development and know that you need a responsive design professional, make sure to do your research before you start your project this can be the difference of going over budget, taking more time to complete the project or just scrapping the project all together. Vensi Solutions specializes in responsive Mobile app development using HTML5, CSS3 & AngularJS with W3 Web Standards. We are expertise in developing cross platform mobile applications for web & mobile.

High Performance PHP Frameworks for Web Application Development

php for web app development

If business users want to know whether they should choose PHP as a platform for their applications. We hope that this article can help you understand the current situation and the possibilities of PHP in your web applications. PHP is one of the object-oriented programming language used in the dynamic web application development. The modern frameworks such as Zend, Symfony, Laravel or Magento and CMS are based on this language.

New PHP Version: As other languages, PHP also released new versions with more updates, security, features and increased capabilities. The recent version of PHP 7.0.9 has more tools and improved performance compared to the previous version of PHP 5.6.24. However, many people are still quite doubtful when it comes to migrating to version 7 of PHP because of the fear of bugs and the loss of stability. But, PHP 7 has proved to be the best performer and is being used in a number of new projects.

Listing The Best PHP Frameworks For Web Application Development:

Developers frequently use ready-made elements of the application while developing projects. A tool that helps in preparation of an application is a framework. The framework includes predefined classes that are making the developer’s work much easier and faster. Framework usually contains elements such as managing events, database, cache engines, logs, user authentications.

The most popular PHP frameworks are Symfony, Laravel, and Phalcon as described below:

Symfony is the oldest framework as it was released in 2005. These framework modules are the basis for many other platforms such as Laravel or Drupal. It has a large number of ready-made modules which provides additional functionalities in a web application.

Laravel is The PHP Framework for Web Artisans. It is hard to compare with Symfony and decide which is better when it comes to efficiency and possibilities both platforms are similar to each other. Laravel uses many modules of its older brother Symfony, so some elements may look familiar. A big advantage of Laravel is the web development process seems to be easier and faster.

Phalcon was created as a response to the growing demand and performance of web applications. The idea of creating this framework to be the fastest PHP framework and it is also  ideal to work on simpler platforms or services that require higher performance. The main reason for such a great performance of this tool is that it’s created as an extension of the language and certain operations are performed much faster, which can result in its increased productivity.

The present development market is constantly introducing new approaches and tools for  web development, which allow you to create web projects faster, more professional and the way that ensures safe and stable operations. PHP is becoming more and more advanced, but there are many options with the number of other technologies and methodologies when it comes to web development.

We at Vensi develop customized web applications for businesses to perform all your business activities effectively. So, if you are looking for a high-performance web application, contact us to get a free prototype which allows you to create a successful web application.

Physical Web: Connecting the Physical World to the Web

Physical Web
Most of the smart objects around us are eventually connected to the Internet, they are being connected to your smartphone through the internet to provide alerts or notify you on the status of your device. There will be a smartphone application for every smart object to control or monitor remotely those objects. These smart devices work great if you download the particular application, but the problem is that you need to download each application on your smart devices to control them. However, most users prefer to simply open a browser or one app and find the nearby smart devices to connect and control them.

Google has attempted to find a solution with a unique ecosystem called “The Physical Web”. It enables users to access necessary web pages nearby with their smartphones. It uses the Eddystone communication protocol to communicate with a user’s smartphone. So by using your smartphone, you can walk up nearby smart device and you can interact with it without installing a particular application.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons pass the information that people need to access through their smartphone using the Physical Web just like an internet browser. So, every smartphone will have a web browser which will be compatible with Physical Web and browsers will use the Eddystone protocol to communicate with beacons. The browsers can read the smart device information to interact with devices such as switching on the smart light, lock/unlock the car door, tracking the bus at bus stop and so on. The Physical Web allows your smartphone to find the smart things around you.

How The Physical Web Works In Practically:

The Physical Web is a unique tool to manage the complexity of the Internet of Things. It helps us to control and navigate various smart objects in the physical world near by us. Start by configuring the beacons with your custom URL which you want to communicate with, place it where your customers expect to arrive and that is it! For example, Beacons provide important URL that direct to the web link to see the movie preview and trailers through physical web when you go nearby the poster, Physical Web make you track the bus you want to go and find the routes at the bus stop, help to find the vending machines, select the product and even go for the payment too.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons are very important to the Physical Web, by providing right URL at the right place and right time. Beacons connect physical objects and that are able to improve the way to people interact with the things and spaces nearby. In addition to it makes a customer’s life easier by reducing the number of screens while getting what they need.

We at Vensi and BlueApp.io hope IoT make the Physical Web grow, it will be more widely accessible, extend to other platforms and also diversify the better user experience.

Enterprise Mobile App Development Trends In 2016

A remarkable amount of consumers are using smartphones to browse the internet. It is providing enterprises with a new wave of marketing opportunities for the growth of their businesses. Enterprise mobility exchange analyst report stated that, most users were dissatisfied with their organizations when it came to mobile initiatives and mobile apps adoption in the last year. Because, they have yet to build a mobile-first strategy in their business and there is still a gap between their IT department and business line.

Enterprise Mobile App Development Trends In 2016

Enterprise mobile app development trend also makes enterprise digital marketing efforts to a customer based approach which was not possible before. So, enterprises are looking to accelerate their business growth through mobile applications and the integration of mobile apps with backend applications, which will create new opportunities for more flexible enterprise backend services. IT-marketing firms are also focusing their strategies to optimize their websites and advertise channels for the mobile customer base.

Smartphone production and increasing the number of new users year after year provides  great opportunities for mobile app development. it causes them focus on this new trends for 2016. We are listing some of the biggest mobile app trends to help in the development of enterprise mobile apps below.

A closer look at the biggest trends of enterprise mobile app development in 2016:

IoT Innovation into Mobile Apps:

IoT pushes mobile app developer to a higher level. Wireless technology innovations are increasing the new scope of mobile app development related to IoT. Wearable technologies such as the Apple iWatch, Google Glass, smart lights and driverless cars have opened up greater opportunities in terms of IoT along with advanced features in mobile apps to connect them. Every smart device needs a connection to the internet and application to monitor and control the device. Mobile apps mainly emphasize information about smart devices.

IoT is not only a consumer based technology innovation now, recently it has influenced the commercial and industrial sectors. At the same time, IoT is also integrated into several enterprises that gives a rise to the need for related enterprise app development this year.

Mobile App Security:

IOS has always been a bigger platform and has paid the most attention to privacy and security. That is one of the main reasons for the high prices of Apple smartphones and premium iOS apps. This mobile app security trend is likely to continue for app developers in this year, even with recent release iOS 9 and further versions. Other popular mobile OS platforms like Android have been considered a less secure platform when compared to Apple iOS. But with the recent version of the OS,  Android 6.0/ Marshmallow seems to put security is a major focus point.

The focus on mobile app development must be on security for the year 2016 and further then only mobile app users will confidently able to use apps without worrying about leaked or hacking information.

Mobile App Emerging with the Cloud:

In last year, we have seen an interesting relationship develop between cloud computing and mobile apps. This created new opportunities of centrally coordinated apps to smartphones. This trend is now popular and will be continued further for years because the cloud technology association of mobile apps offers countless benefits to the users.

Mobile app developers can retain the small size of mobile apps if the user has a  good bandwidth connection. They can enjoy the mobile app through connecting to the cloud. The cloud allows app developers to sync apps with updated data across multiple devices at any time. This is a tremendous feature for wearable tech gadgets. As many enterprises offer cloud apps and this trend will continue to grow in 2016 as well.

The mobile app development trends mentioned above will continue to provide more benefits in the year 2016 across almost all ranges of industries, including retail, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, transport and many. Mobile app developers will also have massive opportunities to introduce different apps with more functionalities and these trends help to grow your business.

Things to Know About JavaScript Before Building Large Scale Web Apps

JavaScript

Most websites are currently based on JavaScript.  programming language that is a cross-platform and lightweight language. JavaScript helps developers build responsive websites and web applications easier. They also work with almost all web browsers and operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows seamlessly.

Developers can use any open source frameworks to reduce the time and effort while building a JavaScript application. Developers can also use JavaScript along with HTML5 and CSS while building web applications or games. So we always consider JavaScript as a dynamic client-side programming language while building a large scale web application.

Faster Execution and Processing:
JavaScript uses the XMLHttpRequest object for data retrieval and to exchange data with a server behind the scenes. Based on the response data from the server, you can easily update a part of a web page without reloading the whole page. So, you can boost the web application’s performance with updated information to the user faster.

JavaScript can be executed without any server connection, so that the code can also be processed faster. Sometimes the process requires the user to have a high-speed internet connection, but JavaScript can be processed on the user’s machine only  Therefore, there is no load on the web server while the user will get a quick response from the web application. The faster code execution and processing enables the web application to give a better browsing experience and keep the user engagement.

No Tools Required:
Developers can easily write code according to the client’s requirement without help of any specific tools. Users can even write code in notepad and they can use many editors that can colorize the code and reformat the script for code error identification.

Extend Web Functionalities:
With JavaScript, you can extend a website’s functionalities without any extra effort. You can use the simple scripting language to create visual effects on the user’s screen and make web application more interactive. JavaScript also improve  functionality by using third-party scripts making it easier to add more features to web application without using any additional plug-ins.

JavaScript works with other popular web technologies like HTML5 and CSS to create robust web applications that can be accessible on multiple devices, OS and even web browsers. So, if anyone is planning to build a large scale web application, JavaScript is the correct choice.

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Benefits of Apache Cordova Cross Platform Mobile App Development

Benefits of Apache Cordova

Adobe’s Apache Cordova(Formally PhoneGap) is an amazing cross-platform framework. It lets business owners and developers dominate in the development of all mobile platforms with a single set of code. It is an open source mobile development framework and it helps in building powerful cross-platform mobile applications that run perfectly on multiple mobile platforms like iOS, Android, Windows and more.

Benefits of Apache Cordova Cross Platform

Simple to Learn: No need to learn complicated code languages for mobile apps like CSS3, JavaScript and HTML5. Apache Cordova works on the most common browsers. So, it is very easy for the business owners to get it developed fast, and in the most cost-effective manner.

Helps Developers to Make Mobile Apps More Powerful: Apache Cordova helps developers developing an application by  using the properties of the native resources of a device. Then the application can access powerful native features like a phone’s camera, accelerometer, compass, messages, contacts, geolocation, network, notifications (alert, sound, vibration) and media storage. Apache Cordova can make a business owner’s life easier without compromising user experience.

Compatible on Multiple Platforms: Apache Cordova solves the problem of variations in multiple platform application development. It removes differences in feel and look in different platforms and the UI completely matches all mobile platforms such as iPhone or Android. Apache Cordova mobile application is compatible with JavaScript toolkits like Sencha Touch, jQuery Mobile and Dojox Mobile.

Cost Effective Development: Apache Cordova is a cost effective technology to build a mobile app in that it leverages high quality and multiple sets of features as well as providing the tools required to reduce development time. Once a developer build the Apache Cordova application, then it can deploy it everywhere and submit it to all of the platforms. So, you can save a lot of development money, efforts and time by not  building the native apps using different programming language for each  platform.

Apache Cordova Plugins: Apache Cordova plugins are an extensive feature. It supports a model of plug-in architecture that allows the developers to extend more functionalities of an application. Its extensive architecture helps you to utilize native features, full potential of the phone device and it provides the feature to access the cloud service. This is so, that you can push the technology notifications with enhancements, tutorials and examples.

The obvious benefits of Apache Cordova applications is that it uses less and more simple code, which iterate faster. It is profitable for all the business owners because less effort is required to develop an application to work across all mobile platforms. PhoneGap is the most popular technology to develop a code extensive mobile application with tremendous features and great framework.

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