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.

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.

HTML5 or Native – How About Both – and More?

When tasked with building a mobile app, people usually think native app, right? Well,  thanks to HTML5 and the power it brings to mobile development, it’s not such a straightforward question anymore. The good news is that you now have a third option.  In fact, now you can weigh your ROI against a native app, a purely HTML5 mobile web application and a hybrid app that combines the best of both worlds.

An HTML5 compatible browser, like the ones shipped on many smartphones and mobile devices can have the functionality and feel of many native applications. Because an HTML5 application is accessed via a browser, it’s also multi-platform compatible right out of the box – and that includes a pc browser as well as mobile devices of all platforms.  HTML5, the newest HTML standard, includes support for the latest multimedia and also includes standards for advanced scripting and API handling. Additionally, updates and distribution are easy to manage because the application itself resides on a remote server. All of these elements keep the development costs for HTML5 lower than other mobile application development options.

There are limitations to HTML5-based applications, however. Primarily, they require that users be connected to the internet (via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection) to use them. In the case of a mission-critical application, or applications for use in remote areas, this can be a fatal flaw. While a lack of a connection can also impact native apps, their access to the local hardware means that they can cache or archive data for use while offline. Also, in its current release, HTML5 struggles to provide a silky-smooth user interface and experience  – scrolling and rapid movement can be choppy and feel clunky.  Lastly, HTML5 apps do not have access to the built-in phone hardware like GPS, camera, Bluetooth, accelerometer, light sensors and even microphones.  None of these are available for use with straight HTML5 like they are for native apps.

Native apps do not suffer from any of these restrictions and are bound only by the limitations of the hardware and imagination. The downside that many people who are planning on building an application see is cost. Native apps can require a longer development cycle, especially if you are going for cross-platform compatibility. While it’s true that a native app can cost more to develop, there is some significant pay-back at the end – managed marketplaces. Android and iPhone have managed markets, with Blackberry nearly having a solution as well. These markets make it easy for users to find an application, and in the case of Apple’s app market, offer an assurance of quality and security that is very reassuring for potential users.

Are there any other options?

Fortunately, yes. The new  technique that is emerging is to wrap an HTML5 app in a ‘thin browser client’ that let’s you distribute an app the same way  as a native app. The idea is that the application is just an HTML5-compatible browser designed to display only a specific HTML5-based website. This doesn’t currently open your website to the hardware functionality of the phone, but it does allow you to distribute your app through the app stores while still retaining the many advantages of HTML5-based development.

Ultimately, there are clear differences and good reasons to choose any of the 3 approaches. Whether it’s the potentially reduced development costs and timeframe of a purely HTML5 app, the access to device-based features of a native app, or the blended advantages of a thin-browser hybrid, we now have more options.  It’s great to have options.