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Nov 14
Web Applications: The Lowdown
Written by Ryan O'Doherty

Web apps aren’t the same as mobile ones. Whilst we’re blogging the basics about mobile apps, we thought it would be worth explaining why web applications are different.

A web app runs within your web browser – the same piece of software, whether its Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, that you use to surf the web and view websites. Where a mobile app is launched via your smartphone or tablet’s operating system – click an icon and up it comes – web app developers concentrate on making their app work in that browser of yours.

You’ve almost certainly used a web application at some time: if you’ve ever checked your email via a webmail interface, or entered an online auction, you’ll have used a web app. Web app develops are simply building a means of offering special functionality to a user via the web browser: if you’re away from the office, you can log in to your Google Calendar to meet your diary appointments, or if you need to edit a YouTube video you can load up their editing software.

Web applications use different kinds of programming language, and web app development has different design parameters than mobile apps, too – because their operating environment (the web browser) is different. They’re also primarily useful to users on desktop and laptop computers: though they can be used via browsers on mobile devices they are often optimised for use on larger displays.

Web apps are therefore often focused less on ‘on-the-go’ services and more on fully-functioned task management. Web app developers are particularly useful to businesses seeking to make software they currently run on local machines available to a more dispersed workforce: web apps are a way of storing software on a server and giving remote access to that package via a particular web interface.

Web apps really do have their uses – so call us today and discuss with our web app development team your needs. Mobile apps are all the rage, but it might that for you the ideal will be a web application.

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