ALU

web apps

How to Build Hybrid Cloud Confidence

Software complexity has grown dramatically over the past decade, and enterprises are looking to hybrid cloud technologies to help power their applications and critical DevOps pipelines. But with so many moving pieces, how can you gain confidence in your hybrid cloud investment?

The hybrid cloud is not a new concept. Way back in 2010, AppDynamics founder Jyoti Bansal had an interesting take on hybrid cloud. The issues Jyoti discussed more than eight years ago are just as challenging today, particularly with architectures becoming more distributed and complex. Today’s enterprises must run myriad open source and commercial products. And new projects — some game-changers — keep sprouting up for companies to adopt. Vertical technologies like container orchestrators are going through rapid evolution as well. As they garner momentum, new software platforms are emerging to take advantage of these capabilities, requiring enterprises to double down on container management strategies.

Original Link

Automation Replaces Tasks, Not People

There is no better example of automation than in the remake of “Charlie and Chocolate Factory.” In the movie, Charlie’s father, Mr. Bucket, loses his job at the toothpaste factory where he put caps on tubes. Because of the increase of demand for chocolate due to the contest, the toothpaste factory makes more money and decides to modernize… and Mr. Bucket loses his job. Later, the same factory rehires him, with better pay, to repair the machine that replaced him.

Sure, it’s a movie. It’s not real. However, this happens all the time in information technology, albeit without the intervening firing.

Original Link

5 Tools to Speed Up Your App Development

Building an app is a costly and intensive process, both in time and financial resources. Sometimes you just don’t have the budget to build an expensive app, or you need to get to market quickly to seize an opportunity. Should you slash app features, or look elsewhere to speed up the app development process?

In this article, we’ll take a look at five different tools you can use to speed up your app development process. And that cuts both ways: you can reduce the cost of building an app, and at the same time release the app quicker.

Original Link

Why Web Apps Are Gaining Preference Over Native Apps

Think of some of the most used products today on mobile or desktop and you will find one thing they all have in common. Slack, Trello, Google Docs, Twitter, and Instagram – some of the most used services on mobile or desktop have web apps! What was earlier used for just commenting and hyperlinking type tasks, is now fully loaded with features such embedding and multi-user facility.

So, why do people prefer native apps? The simple answer to this is that they’re designed for specific platforms and thus have sufficient advantage over their counterpart and Web Apps cannot match the performance. But, the ever-evolving platform has new technology and hence the differentiating line is getting finer than ever!

Let’s explore the reasons behind this.

WebAssembly

With today’s super-fast computers, the things we do on web pages have evolved. But, they still cannot compete with the powerful native applications that can handle complex tasks. Video editing, gaming, 3D modeling, machine learning are some of the examples which take up a lot of CPU & GPU!

Here’s where WebAssembly comes into the picture. Unlike JavaScript which can translate the code before it reaches the CPU, WebAssembly code is essentially a pre-complied and sent over the net before it reaches the browser and it’s downloaded.

Advantages of WebAssembly

Less burden on the browser – leads to same processing speed as native apps.

No need to learn whole new language or coding. C and C++ languages can be compiled. This is the reason why it is so useful during web app development.

Accepted by Google, Apple, Mozilla, Microsoft and ships to all major browsers.

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)

Touted as the next-big-thing, PWAs are now supported by Microsoft as well as Apple’s Safari and Google Chrome browser. So, what are Progressive Web Apps? In short, they are versions of Website but they look, feel and function close to how native applications work. Whenever you visit a website on your mobile browser and see an ‘Add to Home Screen’ button, that’s a PWA!

PWAs thus load a JavaScript or CSS at a much faster rate saves everything without forcing the user to download a native application. Twitter Lite is one fine example of a PWA which works and gives the user experience same as a native app but uses much less data. Business owners who do not have $50,000 to invest in an app can build a Progressive Web App!

Advantages of Progressive Web Apps

Ability to send Push Notifications without having to launch an app.

Better user experience than a traditional mobile optimized website.

Since the user is essentially searching on “Web” a PWA is more accessible through Analytics, SEO and other services from the back-end.

Original Link