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.

Latest Web Apps Trends for Internet of Things

In this age of innovative technology we are seeing that nothing is staying the same, web app developers are putting their efforts into making sure that the web apps/sites are as advanced as the hardware they run on.

In recent years the hype of the Internet of Things is being seen as not just hype, but the real thing as it will bring connected devices to the internet and that connectivity will provide great value to not only business but to users. Every sector of business is making strides to assure they have or are preparing and IoT solution in the coming months.

Latest Web Apps Trends for Internet of Things

Often the focus is on the hardware, mobile apps and cloud infrastructure, but the web app plays just as big of a role in IoT solutions.

Web apps provide the User Interface, and functionality needed on a desktop to monitor and control the different devices. As the Internet of Things grows, we will see web app trends focused on IoT solutions.

Web App Trends for IoT:

Internet of Things – As the number of internet-connected devices grows and users need a platform to monitor, track and control the devices and systems that are connected, web apps will be needed for those remote capabilities and many companies are focused on web apps to display the data and get historical data.

Big Data – Big Data analysis is a big part of every business, the data used is streamlining the processes and creating efficiency within them. Mobile app developers are now creating hybrid platforms specifically for Big Data, so the user can get some of the critical data on mobile apps, but with web apps can get historical data for years. These web apps create complicated trending graphs that can be manipulated to view in many different formats.

Mobile – Mobile applications are playing a major role in just about everything from IoT, retail experiences including payments, and controlling home automation. All these mobile app functionalities and more are internet of Things related solutions to enable users to have access locally or remotely to view data, remote control of devices and systems. The smartphone is an integral part of IoT solutions to display, control and monitor different things.

Vensi’s BlueApp solution is a great cutting edge Internet of Things solution if you want to know more contact us to set up time with our team to go over your business strategy and help integrate our products and solution.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Source

To many, open source is more than free software or a collaborative effort to continuously improve the computing experience. It is more than a philosophy of diverse ideas and motives coming together in a rapidly changing development marketplace. Open source is so dynamic that it often defies definition and limits. To techies, open source is freedom.

As a mobile development firm, Vensi sees many advantages to open source software. Most notably, the potential for innovation and evolutionary leaps in application development is astounding. There is a critical mass of brilliant programmers working on new technology that is adaptable to the many different needs and motivations of the individuals and businesses involved. This is where a social movement comes together with technology to create the best possible product.

There are certainly potential pitfalls with using open source that Vensi watches for as a premier mobile development firm. For instance, some say that because the code is transparent, it is more prone to bugs and vulnerable to hackers. In some ways, this is true, but we also find that the software and applications can actually be more dependable, because they are tested and effectively co-owned by so many talented people. Bugs are essentially fixed real-time; it is “wisdom of the crowds” at its hi-tech finest.

As a concept, open source seems like it wouldn’t work in America’s capitalistic economy, and indeed, some modifications and constraints may be necessary for it to work in the business paradigm. However, open source can be a quick and relatively inexpensive way for businesses to develop new applications. In addition, the use of open source is viewed as progressive and inclusive, so new software and applications are often quickly embraced by tech-savvy consumers. The most notable drawback for businesses is that supporting a new application can get cumbersome. The modular nature of the code enables rapid (often for the better) changes and version proliferation. Compatibility issues can then arise, especially when a new version of a hardware platform is introduced. As a result, documentation and patches sometimes lag behind, leading to frustration for customers.

Whatever the pros and cons, open source is most certainly a powerful tool that will penetrate deep into the future of mobile application development. We already see that the burgeoning Android market has created many opportunities for ingenuity and advancement in the creation of new applications. The open source future of the mobile world is a place where Vensi’s knowledge and expertise will shine.