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.

Why Building Mobile Apps with API’s is a Great Approach

Mobile applications are a huge part of everyday life for most of us, whether you’re a business person needing to respond to a client’s email, a student having to check homework assignment online, or a mom who is using her mobile phone to shop for groceries. Using a mobile device is the first choice to perform these and many other functions on what used to be relegated to strictly laptops and desktops. Mobile apps and smartphones are used in many ways and are the preferred choice of people who own them to conduct different tasks while on the go.

For these mobile applications to function flawlessly, there are a lot of things that need to come together to make things work so that users see a seamless and fluid transition from screen to screen. One of the most important aspects of mobile app development is API’s. Most of us don’t know what they are, but if developers didn’t implement these well, mobile apps would not be as user-friendly.

Why Building Mobile Apps with API’s is a Great Approach

What is an API and why is it so important in mobile application development, Wikipedia defines API’s below.

Application program interface (API) is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. An API specifies how software components should interact. Additionally, APIs are used when programming graphical user interface (GUI) components. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer then puts the blocks together.

Mobile apps built with API’s allow for multi-platform development, not only for iOS and Android but also for web apps, this development strategy is enabling companies to add more mobile apps within their budgets.

Benefits of API Services:

  • Eliminates redundant stack setup for each app.
  • Eliminates boilerplate code.
  • All within one model.

These benefits help developers to build apps faster, but also helps them link their software and applications to cloud-based storage, developers also like this API strategy for building apps because it eliminates redundant stack setup and repeated code.

Vensi Inc uses API Services in their Mobile App Development & provides user-friendly, easily accessible apps for its clients & partners. For more information contact us at www.vensi.com/contactus.

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.

The Advancement in Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Smartphones and tablets usage has caused many companies to adopt mobile app development as a part of their business. Time and money are the main factors in deciding on which app to adopt. Developing a native app requires a team to design and develop an app for each platform such as iOS or Android. This consumes more time and money to deliver the final product. However, cross-platform development could deliver a final product with just one team designing and coding the app as it can run on any platform.

Historically cross-platform mobile app development has not resulted in optimum results as app developers are faced with compatibility issues, security issues, and bugs that make cross-platform mobile app development harder than building multiple native apps for different platforms. However, recent advancements have improved cross-platform mobile app development.

Here is the list of the best cross-platform mobile development tools available:

PhoneGap: Created by Adobe and is one of the most popular tools in app development. PhoneGap is an open source framework that helps you build mobile apps using web technologies. This tool is free leading to its popularity. PhoneGap removes the complexity of developing apps and writing code in multiple languages and helps you build great cross-platform apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Sencha: It is one of the leading cross-platform mobile web apps and its frameworks based on HTML5 and JavaScript. The Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform enables you to build mobile apps seamlessly.

Design web applications improve the process with tools for faster and easier mock-ups, prototypes and interface design evaluation. Users can accelerate the development process with a ready to use a framework and improves efficiency by supporting multiple platforms and devices. You can improve web app quality with unit testing and end-to-end functional testing that is designed especially for Ext JS applications.

Appcelerator: Using JavaScript and Titanium SDK creates native apps in different operating systems by using the same code. Up to 90% of the code can be reused for all the apps you build, which saves you money and a significant amount of time. Mobile test automation decreases the testing time and project cost. The Appcelerator platform helps developers and enterprises build great mobile app experiences quickly and at scale. As this is an open-source and cross-platform mobile development tool, thousands of Appcelerator developers are consistently contributing to improving it and adding more functionality.

Xamarin: Xamarin is a mobile app development tool that includes app store delivery, app performance testing, and monitoring services. Xamarin uses Ruby or C# for the code base and creates a robust cross-platform mobile app development platform, which has been adopted by Microsoft.

Xamarin apps built with standard, native user interface controls on every platform to improve user experiences and simplify app design. These apps can have access to the full spectrum of functionalities including platform-specific capabilities like beacons. It also leverages other device hardware features to compile native performance. This can’t be achieved with solutions that interpret code at runtime. Xamarin uses the same code languages, API’s and data structures across all mobile development platforms.

Keep in mind that cross-platform mobile app development is not as simple as writing the code once; those cross-platform solutions are not necessary for all types of businesses. Ultimately, a cross-platform mobile development tool can save time and money when you are developing apps on multiple platforms. We at Vensi provide the best of these cross-platform mobile app development solutions depending on your enterprise needs and goals.

The Essential Things To Know For Building A Successful App

The Essential Things To Know For Building A Successful App

A successful mobile app can take care of all touch points of every single user, they always look for new things in their favorite apps, regular maintenance, and occasional upgrades, that makes the mobile app successful in the market. Creating a successful app is not all about programming or complex coding, it requires making tasks easier, to become the best solution and solve the user’s problems.

There are few  below things to know for building a successful app:

Cross platform: Cross platform apps can be used in multiple operating systems. Cross platform apps help the company get an economical, smart and realistic replacement for native apps. The code can be smartly reused in a cross platform for future projects to build on other operating systems. It is a cost-effective option compared to native app development by maintaining apps in different app stores. These apps are available for users from app stores and even from the browsers.

Native app: Native apps are exclusively built for a specific mobile platform such as Android, iOS &  Windows. The native app uses the hardware features of the mobile device camera functionality, Bluetooth, GPS and other features. Native apps have an advantage of customized user interface over cross-platform apps, native apps are faster and more reliable because they are built using SDK’s, so it’s easier to load and have less risk of a crash.

Both apps have their own advantages, native apps have better user experience and cross-platform apps  for quick and low-cost app development and also use native app features. So business owners need to decide the best fit for their business and customer needs.

Interactive design: An interactive design helps to engage new users and  provides a smooth, fast and glitch free user experience. It does not matter for which platform you are going to create a design, big typography, and high-resolution images are used everywhere for designs to make apps user interface appealing to the users.

Here are few things you should pay attention while designing the app:

  • Clarity is the primary elements of a good UI design, it should be clear for your users on how to use your app interface.
  • Focus on optimizing the viewing content in every possible way, as it is very important for any app.
  • Use fewer navigation buttons, the buttons should be large and flat or hidden and only shown when the user really need them. This makes it easier to use even with  smaller screen sizes.
  • Enable full-screen navigation, that makes it easier to navigate through the app by showing large menu options.

There are few other things to keep in mind like data analytics, data security, promotions and your app should perform different daily routine tasks easy by tapping a button. If you have a great app idea and know the above essential things before building an app, then you can enjoy the success of your app. We at Vensi develop the native and hybrid mobile applications with a unique design that cover wide range platforms and customized line of business.