A web application is a computer program that requires access to the internet to run its software. Web applications connect to cloud servers (data centers available over the internet), which allow them to access and process content stored on remote, physical servers. As this type of software application allows for multiple users to access online data in real-time, web applications are a top choice for those looking to collaboratively manage files online.
a client-server computer program which the client (including the user interface and client side-logic) runs in a web browser
Steven couldn’t download the app, so he had to use their web application from his phone.
Web applications differ from desktop apps as they run on web browsers and do not require the use of a specific type of computer (ie. PC or Mac), operating system, or browser. As web applications don’t require a specific computer or operating system, web apps allow for greater adoption than desktop applications. Furthermore, as web applications aren’t restricted to app stores, they face fewer limitations and, also, allow for streamlined updates.
Mobile web app development can be employed to build a web application that operates as if it were a native mobile app. If you’re in the tech industry, you’ve likely heard the term PWA (Progressive Web Application). PWAs are web applications that are able to be saved to individual mobile devices and can interact with the hardware of a device. When speaking in terms of custom application development, PWAs are a means to get the most bang for your buck as they cost less than mobile applications while still providing a similar user experience. PWAs also use less data than mobile apps and are quick to load.
While there are a number of factors that indicate successful web application development, there are a couple determinants that stand above all others:
An Architect must begin by choosing the programming languages, web development frameworks, and web services that suit the functions and features of their unique product. This thoughtful planning will inevitably mitigate issues that may arise from scaling and will minimize project costs. When choosing systems such as a web development framework, Architects must thoughtfully assess all aspects of relevant system competitors. For instance, choosing a framework that includes built-in automation features (such as testing automation and automated deployments) will streamline the development process from the beginning by forgoing the need for most manual web tests.
Advanced web application development requires strict adherence to thoughtful and proven processes. Although our team utilizes an agile approach to software development, there are alternatives (such as waterfall) which when followed properly can produce reliable results as well. What matters most is that all members of a web design and development team consistently operate within the limits of their chosen approach.
The rate at which a web application returns results is the most important determinant of successfully implemented code. Load and stress testing must be employed to determine system capacity and to accurately gauge the reliability of the code under a number of interactions within a set duration. As fast response rates will ultimately open the door for user retention, anything less than an immediate event response will lead to code refactoring and inflated product budgets. To ensure intended performance, the project must be well planned from the start and chosen processes must be followed each step of the way. Speed does not determine whether a product will be successful or not, but it does pave the way for happy users.
Outlining the functionalities and technical requirements for your product, our Architect drafts a specification document that illustrates all functions required for your custom software to work as designed. This document describes user behaviors relating to each feature of your application and will serve as the development team’s point of reference for product functionality and features.
Our team scopes out the entirety of your product architecture based on core functionalities, systems integrations, designs, and user flows. The document produced during this step provides recommendations on the custom web development frameworks, services, and programming languages that will make up the architecture of your entire web application.
Our web app developers build out 60% of your product backlog and leave 40% to be determined after development has begun. By building a sequential yet agile product backlog, our development team is able to plan for building your app function-by-function while also accounting for the unexpected.
Adhering to our checklists of custom web app development best practices, our team engineers your backend and front-end features until each function is ready for testing. While a subset of our developers implements the architecture and frameworks of your application, the rest build out your app's database structure and craft web modules, libraries, and classes. Once complete, the user interface of your web application is developed.
While testing takes place from the beginning of the web app development process, we continuously exercise a myriad of web tests to ensure reliability in your product’s code. Compatibility testing, performance testing, usability testing, and regression testing are employed throughout our process to ensure that your code functions as intended across all use cases and devices.
At this stage, your MVP (Minimum Viable Product) has now been built. After launching your MVP to the public, we continue implementing features outside of your MVP scope and regularly produce demonstrable iterations to review with you. This approach keeps you informed throughout the development process and assures your web app is developed to your product vision and goals.
The software we envisioned did not exist and SingleMind pushed the envelope on what was possible. The universal response of our users has been extraordinary because we built a product that is one of a kind. This would have not been possible without SingleMind… The software we built is one of a kind. We had envisioned this in our minds for a while. We told them what we wanted to do. We were skeptic if it was even possible with the current technology. They made it happen. Today, I sometimes can’t even believe what we have accomplished.