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Advances in software development technology have enabled a lightweight, low-cost approach and made web applications more desirable for businesses seeking new software and also for those looking into migrating their current applications to a web-based format. Custom web apps have a number of benefits over desktop applications:

Accessibility – Web applications can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Remote and distributed teams are quickly becoming more popular thus increasing the importance of having global reach with software.Web Application Development Services

Rapid Development – Many web applications look and feel the same, and for a good reason. Users want and expect certain behavior based on their experience with other web applications. At Entrance, we use tools and frameworks created by the open-source community to replicate standard and expected behaviors which allows us to rapidly kick-off new projects.

Cross-Platform – Traditional desktop applications target only Windows, and likely only a select few of Windows versions (XP, 7, 8, and 10). Web applications are not bound by these limitations, and can be used on Windows, Mac, Unix. Additionally, web based mobile apps are becoming an increasingly popular mechanism to support mobile devices without building multiple applications for each of the mobile platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows).

Minimal Install – A browser is the only piece of software the user will need to install, and it would be difficult to find a modern PC, Mac, or mobile device that doesn’t already have one installed. This is vital if you are producing an application for users outside of your organization; the average user does not want to download and install applications on their devices.

Simplified Maintenance – Updates to desktop applications require re-installation on all machines that run the software. In a 1,000 person organization it can become quite tedious and expensive. Web applications only need to be updated on the servers that host the application.

Reduced Costs – The advantages listed above all lead to overall lower costs of development and on-going maintenance of web applications over traditional desktop software.

Entrance develops web applications for clients across multiple industries using a variety of technologies: ASP.NET, Node.js, PHP, Java, and Ruby. We have also expertise with all of the popular JavaScript frameworks: React, Backbone, and Angular. This allows us to produce rich user experience within a web browser that work on a modern browsers and mobile devices. Additionally, we maintain an internal web development app that we use to train, practice, and keep our skills on the leading edge of the technology curve.

Entrance recommends modern best practices and we follow the trends in user-experience and user interface (UXUI) defined by other web application companies. Entrance designs all web applications to be able to be deployed to cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure; this gives our clients a great deal of flexibility and long-term growth. Scalability is an important factor when design web apps as it is very difficult to estimate how many users will use the application and the intensity at which they will use it. To remedy this, part of our recommend process includes stress and load testing to validate that the application will work not only for current needs but also for the expected usage 3 years from now.

We have provided numerous recommendations to clients on which technology stack is appropriate for their solution and current working environment. Below are high level details of Microsoft .NET, Node.js, and some of the other popular technologies for web applications development.

.NET

Entrance has built a number of web and mobile apps for clients using the Microsoft .NET framework and the Microsoft ecosystem. Ranging from on premise Windows environments to Azure cloud deployments. One of the biggest advantages of Microsoft .NET is its ability to integrate with many of the Microsoft products such as SharePoint, O365, Outlook, Active Directory, and CRM. This can solve many user management and security problems in modern web applications by using the native Windows Authentication support built-in to .NET. We often recommend .NET as a first choice to our clients who are heavy users of Windows, have existing .NET applications, or house their own Windows servers. This can save a fair amount of time, increase overall quality of the application, and allows our clients to squeeze additional value out of existing software licenses.

Node.JS

JavaScript has for a long time been a big component of custom web application development and even more so with the age of Web 2.0/3.0 and HTML 5 technologies. It is now becoming increasingly popular as a server-side language instead of what would be traditionally a .NET or Java backend when building web and mobile applications. This approach is often referred to as “Full-Stack JavaScript” because JavaScript is used on the front-end (browser), back-end (server), and potentially the database via NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and RethinkDB. Entrance takes advantage of Node.js to create a variety of solutions for clients ranging from minimal viable products (MVP) to fully-featured web applications. Node.js also lends itself very well to building micro-service oriented applications and augmenting existing applications with new functionality. The lightweight and portable nature of Node allows it to be deployed to both Windows & Unix environments and is supported by all of the major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, and Google). Additionally, web application development companies such as Heroku, Firebase, and Parse allow for rapid development and deployment of Node applications.

Java, PHP, & Ruby

Java, PHP, and Ruby are popular programming languages in the Linux enterprise world and start-up community. PHP is also commonly found in applications that are heavily based on or integrate with WordPress. We rarely recommend these technologies to our clients for new projects, but we have provided software audits, rewrites, and assistance with on-going maintenance to those with existing legacy solutions. Entrance has helped many organizations stabilize defective applications that were built by small or freelance web application development services.

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