The domain of web Application development is increasing at an exponential rate. Web Development is the core of all ongoing IT related activities in the market today.
Modern web applications comprise of two basic codebase. One that runs on the server infrastructure and the other that runs on the end user devices. Server infrastructure can be as big as Google data center or as small as a company’s web server. While the end user Web Application run on devices like smartphones, laptops, desktops and tablets. All these devices come in a variety of frameworks, screen sizes and browsers thus making web development challenging in terms of compatibility, usability, performance and maintenance.
Creating an application that can integrate with other applications is a challenging job. Meeting 100% user experience through innovative design and useful functionality is a tough job; hence application development has become a challenge today. In today’s digital world customers are expecting to have applications unique to their business requirements. Consumers expect a smooth user experience across all platforms and devices, unaware of the backend challenges. If the application does not meet the user’s expectations, they might look for other options. Hence the biggest challenge for companies today is to deliver an error free web application meeting all the client requirements. Using and handling big consumer data is a challenging area. Finding the right consumers data sets is also difficult, time consuming and expensive for developers.
Security continues to be the key area of concern. Web developers taking care of both the frontend and backend development, need to consider the security aspect of the user data within the application. Studies have shown that software development has failed to implement basic security standards in a rush to go to the market or in an effort to cope with stringent delivery deadlines. The application should be secure at all levels of coding. Regular code reviews should be done and constant monitoring of network traffic and systems logs should be carried out on a regular basis, to detect strange behaviors.
Over saturation has become another major challenge for Web developers. Market is over saturated with all types of web applications. Users have more options than before, hence the demand for common apps have reduced. During the last couple of years thousands of people have jumped into website gaming. Social media sites are also on high demand and hence applications are developed to link them to these social media sites.
Maintaining a good speed for the application is another issue faced by web developers today. Research has shown that 50% of people abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Users do not have the patience or the time to access a slow application.
Ignoring the best practices of software development has made the SDLC process difficult. Not reviewing code, not logging defects, not following coding standards are some of the ways developers try to save time resulting in poor application qualities.
Today’s open source technologies use number of frameworks and libraries that reduce the routine code development process, reducing the software lifecycle period. If companies want to create a successful web application, then these challenges need to be addressed. It is the ability of the team and the developer to meet each challenge head-on thus executing and delivering a successful project.
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