Apps Aren't Always The Answer

2018-01-31

Apps Aren't Always The Answer

Is there always an app for that? Well, yes there is but often increasingly websites are fighting back to provide a more comprehensive alternative. Bet you weren’t expecting to read that!

New technology means that websites have the means to redefine themselves after the wave of apps that have besieged us all, thanks largely to the mighty smartphone. ReactJS is one of the new technologies that is making it possible for websites to provide a viable alternative to using an app.

It is no surprise that ReactJS is backed by Facebook since ReactJS helps to cross the divide between native mobile apps, native desktop apps, and web pages. With new features being built into browsers it is getting easier to do than simply render web pages on mobile phones browsers. Mobile phone browsers use up fewer resources and often work faster than apps.

JavaScript is not going away, in fact its popularity is soaring and websites are risking being left behind by not moving to JavaScript-based technology. Such is JavaScript’s popularity that it is influencing the way developers work out their websites from the ground up. This means developers are already building greater functionality into their websites from the outset, making an app somewhat redundant.

If you’re a developer or work for a company that has teams working on projects you need to make sure they are trained with up-to-date JavaScript knowledge. Be sure to take a look at our range of courses. JavaScript is the international language of website programming that is being used client-side as well as server-side. Not only is JavaScript being used on desktops and mobiles but it is being used for emerging markets such as the transportation industry and devices within IoT.

Previously browsers were simply not up to the task of rendering complex websites. Additionally smartphones didn’t have the capacity to handle advanced features offered by websites. However, it has been a few years that browsers and mobile device development have both converged and they are now powerful enough to render complex pages without a server.

Using serverless CMS tools means that web pages work and act a lot more like apps. Crucially however they do not use up the same resources that apps do and work faster since only a minimal amount of data needs to be transferred from external servers to operate.

An advantage of React is in how it allows cross-platform compatibility. This saves both money and time if after building your website you later decide an app is the way to go. Using React Native means you can reuse the JavaScript code from your website to power your native mobile app. The best thing for your or your team is that you won’t have to use another language. Learn just one language to write code for both websites and apps.

We’re not saying that apps are on their way out and that the various app stores will be shutting down any time soon. When it comes to services that are graphic-heavy native apps are still the best option. But for uses that don’t require those kinds of heavy resources a website built using ReactJS may be optimal.

Speaking of app stores, by using your website in place of an app you’re not going to be constrained by pesky app store rules. You’ll be running your own show! Nobody wants to download an app if they don’t need to. It uses up memory and people are worried about security (with good reason: see our article on this malicious app)

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