Building Apps for the Web
An application is always built to the functional specifications and features identified for the end product. To work as visualized, the app also needs to satisfy the non-functional requirements of availability, scalability, and performance. The choice of the technology stack and architectural style are crucial in this context.
While options are many on the server-side the selection is often made weighing the pros and cons of different technologies, cloud platforms, data stores and considering the numerous trade-offs. It takes an experienced team with a broad scope of exposure to facilitate appropriate decisions and build a technical solution.
Mission-critical applications need to be highly available with minimal scheduled or unscheduled downtime. In order to create an application that is highly available, redundancies must be built into the system at multiple levels to avoid single points of failure. Techniques like clustering and replication are used to achieve redundancy.
If application response time remains constant despite an increase in the number of concurrent users or growth in the volume of data, the application is said to be scalable. This is difficult to attain because of the physical limitations of systems and application response degrades with an increase in load. However, scalability can be achieved through proper architecting.
Performance is expected of all applications, especially those with a user interface. Performance improvement techniques include the use of caching at various levels—query caching within the database, output caching of HTML, application-level caching. Database replication can also improve performance by enabling the slaves to handle read-only queries.
A good user experience (UX) is vital for the market success of a web app. This can be achieved with proper information architecture, accurate labeling, responsive interface, and other UX best practices. At Technogrips, we strive to create applications that offer a satisfying experience to end users.