Did you know that 90% of mobile users spend their time in apps, while only 10% of people visit websites, according to recent studies? That’s why the Platinum Software Development company team strongly recommends due consideration of your web application and website, if you run your own business and want to increase your sales or attract more customers. Let’s find out the difference between websites and web applications.
Websites vs. web applications
Every website or web application is aimed at providing visitors with information that they need. If you want to publish data on your company, upcoming events and contact details, you can choose a website platform. If you want to interact with users, the web application should be your choice.
The first difference between websites and web applications is interactivity. While websites contain text and visual content that the user cannot interact with, web applications give the visitor the ability to not only read but also manipulate information on the page. For example, the user can make a payment, download documents, find a route using a Google Maps widget and do many other things. Interacting is much more interesting than just reading information or listening to audio files, isn’t it?
Secondly, integration is possible. Developers can integrate a lot of useful features and components into the web application. For example, it can be a customer relationship management system (CRM) that helps collect information about customer behaviour and their preferences, in order to increase sales.
Last year, 197 billion apps were downloaded. This data points out that people prefer using web applications to using websites. So, if you decide to build a web application, you will have to solve another task – choosing the framework. There are a great number of web frameworks on the market. Today, we are introducing you to the Angular framework.
Angular was ranked second most popular web framework amongst professional developers, according to the 2019 Stack Overflow survey. Why do front-end engineers choose Angular? Because its robust components allow them to write easy-to-use, readable and maintainable codes.
Angular is a JS framework with an open-source code, developed and maintained by Google. This tool allows for the creation and management of dynamic front-end pages for web applications. Angular is based on the MVC structure, which makes the framework especially useful for creating one-page websites. The library is based on JS and HTML, which allows developers to not spend their time writing DOM and AJAX requests. It is possible to add Angular to any HTML page using a simple tag.
Angular has numerous advantages that are extremely helpful when developing a dynamic, personalized, interactive, adaptive and one-page web application for business and other purposes. It supports:
- MVC architecture that allows engineers to combine several codes when developing mobile and web applications.
- Two-way data binding that makes the development process fast and more seamless because applications become more responsive to the changes in the browser.
- Simple testing, thanks to dependency injection.
- Client-side technology that is compatible with PC’s and smartphones.
- Code consistency that allows developers to re-use the code and manage it by applying components and modules, without expending the convenient reading of codes. This saves time, reduces effort and cuts development costs.
Specialists have to make a lot of decisions on product characteristics or technological aspects in the course of the development process. These decisions will have an impact on the efficiency of the code-base in the future.
Angular enables the making of decisions and offers developers default options for such things as network connection, administrative state management, language selection and a set of configuration tools. These parameters are regularly tested and adjusted, which allows the Angular platform to constantly and steadily develop. It was created on the principle of freedom of choice. Angular also grants developers the ability to change them, depending on the needs of a particular organization. For example, Angular frees companies to create or select any UI Library that suits them.
What challenges does Angular solve?
Angular was created by the Google team to make developers’ jobs easier. What does this mean? The platform enables engineers to create and manage a common code, as well as to share work between the appropriate roles, such as individual designers, quality controllers, etc. The component model used in Angular was developed to separate their tasks and improve the interaction of a large number of developers.
Convenience of maintenance is the next concern for engineers. Angular solves this problem in two ways. Firstly, Angular developers use TypeScript, which allows them to quickly find bugs and errors. In addition, TypeScript allows specialists who are not familiar with the code-base to get involved in the work faster, as they can quickly become familiar with the data types in the application. The Angular team created Angular with TypeScript for this reason. Finally, Angular relies on usability testing. Dependency injection is a key element of this framework, which makes writing tests easier. Angular also includes end-to-end testing support with Protractor.
The Angular team strives for stable and systematic development and adheres to the concept of a public announcement of the release schedule, which allows companies to draw conclusions and plan changes in the platform.
Due to the fact that Angular is a Google product, it takes full advantage of its testing infrastructure. Every change in the platform is checked against every Angular project within Google. This means that hundreds of projects are already using the framework even before its public release. This approach increases the chances of the absence of unforeseen critical changes or regressions.
Why do specialists use Angular?
Developers who use Angular are mainly guided by two considerations. Some of them have already used AngularJS. They know declarative templates, dependency injection, pipes, services and other key Angular concepts. This level of knowledge helps them get involved faster. Being able to transfer from AngularJS to Angular was one of the developers’ goals and this upgrade helps companies to do it seamlessly.
The second consideration refers to developers who transferred from Java or C#.NET. Both languages are based on types and the key concept is an application that is very similar to the Angular architecture. The Angular applications are divided into modules and components so that engineers can import and export application sub-parts, if required. This is a very familiar logical model that allows specialists to get on the inside very quickly and to successfully build applications.
There is a set of reusable tools, libraries and code examples for Angular and AngularJS on the Internet; a great number of these tools have either been optimized for working with this framework or are currently in the process of optimization. Developers such as VMWare, Teradata, ag-Grid, NativeScript and others, already fully support Angular.
Maintainability, usability and flexibility of this dynamic framework makes Angular unique and full-featured, which allows developers to create successful and excellent web-based applications.
The Google team developed Angular for its services and websites at first. Then the framework evolved and other big companies built their websites on Angular. For instance, The Guardian, PayPal, The Weather Channel, YouTube, Lego… and so on.
Do you want to make your website user-friendly, smart and high performing? Explore advanced solutions with Platinum Software Development company! Our team has already developed solutions for Asian Bank, Noah Foundation, Roseon, as well as Q DAO digital platform, based on popular frameworks. What is best for you? You choose, we make!