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Wonderful Web Apps

March 30th, 2015 by Derrick

Web applications (or “apps”) are wonderful and will be so important for developers and users. Users will get a broader selection of apps that will always be up to date. Developers love the easier workflow.

Not super familiar with the concept ‘web apps’ – see the following definition.
“Web apps are not real applications; they are really websites that, in many ways, look and feel like native applications, but are not implemented as such. They are run by a browser and typically written in HTML5. Users first access them as they would access any web page: they navigate to a special URL and then have the option of “installing” them on their home screen by creating a bookmark to that page.”

Advantages/Benefits over Native apps
* The ease with which they can be deployed and accessed. Almost zero install. Only navigate to the URL and create a shortcut or bookmark. No app store sign-in, search and large download.
* Quick and easy updates. Found a bug? The fix can be immediate. Additional feature request? The developers can update the website and the feature is available.
* Always up-to-date. Again, no need for the developer to negotiate with the app store which can take many days if not weeks.
* Reach anybody, anywhere in the world. Simples.
* Any device. Any PC, any mobile phone, any tablet. No OS restrictions. The ability to access your data from any device.

Modern capabilities
* Once ‘installed’, the web app can be used offline – no need to be connected to the Internet. When back online, data can be synchronised.

Developer advantage
* No large company lock-in. No one to suddenly kick your app out of their app store.

Large successes
* Gmail and Google Docs.

Hope this is enough to convince you that web apps are the way forward.

Stay strong.

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