Real-time web application development isn’t like mobile application development, wherein the company or the brand is needed to develop separate applications for various platforms or at the most develop a cross-platform hybrid application with somewhat limited functionality while being heavy on budget and otherwise. However the real-time web application is not a novel term in the IT industry, it has been in use for over 10 years. The giant social platforms like Twitter and Facebook have been designed using real-time web applications.
Web-Based Applications have become increasingly popular due to the fact that they offer extended capabilities, no need for variation from one user platform to other and a much wider reach than the traditional mobile applications.
Real-time web apps also cater to industries such as the stock market, chat messaging, news segment, political sector, statistics, and other types of sources & urgent notifications in a much more efficient way.
Things to Consider while Developing A Real-Time Web-Based Application
There are a couple of things not much unlike mobile app development that you need to keep in mind while working on the development of a real-time web-based application.
UX & UI:
With the web interface, you can offer a greatly enhanced visual look with your apps, but you also need to pay great attention to detail in terms of navigation and page layouts. Make sure that the information offered is easily accessible as such kind of apps often get a much higher level of engagement.
Speed and Performance:
As much as a single second delay in site loading can cause million dollars in lost sales for a site doing great sales every day. The technology used should allow real-time data manipulation of large sets along with lessening the load on the main page server.
There is no limit on the potential traffic of web applications, as such the developers need to make sure that the programming language used to develop it can support scalability on a large scale. To increase their capacity, you can add either more memory or more processors or extra servers, this clustered approach makes sure at least one server is available at all times.
Information Age is here and with it, the value of user data especially knows no bounds in terms of its market worth. With the sheer volume of data that gets processed on these type of applications, it becomes crucial to building an extra robust security layer. Service Access Points which allows only legitimate people with verified access to the application are also very much essential.
Real-Time Web Application Development Technologies
Choosing the right technology for real-time web applications isn’t easy, as there are many and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. It essentially depends upon your requirements which one is the best option for you to choose. With a variety of application frameworks available in the market.
There are many tools and startups which are now making it easier for those of us who aren’t that much proficient in otherwise technical programming languages. Below is a list of some of these most popular tools and frameworks for your use.
- Node JS
It’s another startup similarly to the above which comes with an advanced dashboard along with doing configuration for user authentication within the app. They provide support for client side libraries and emphasize mobile app development. Not to be confused with mBaaS companies, FireBase differs from them as it combines real-time data delivery with data persistence.
There is one other technology that is quite gaining popularity, especially with the mobile app developers due to its being heavily depending upon similar frameworks. Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) is designed to help the developers with user authentication, social integration, data storage and more. Real-time data, however, lags behind despite being in lieu with the mission of many MBaaS companies.