This article provides you with a simple guide to building a web application.
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What is a Web Application?
Web apps have the typical front-end and back-end web development technologies. In theory, web apps are closely related to websites, thus web app development and web development share many characteristics.
However, web apps operate on any device in a mode that is distinctly different from that of a traditional website.
What is Web Application Development?
Web application development is the process involved in building a web application. It is more focused on interacting with the browser than standard engineering processes.
Most cases of web app development will involve defining the problem, mocking up the solution, engaging with users, adopting a framework/choosing a tool, and finally, building and testing the web application – in most cases, iteratively with users.
Why are web apps important for business?
Because online applications have become more important to the success of a company, a lot of business analysts see measuring web apps as a continuous market-relevant research activity.
Web apps used to be successful if they were the first to market. A major driver for competitiveness in today’s market is the quality of software. Software applications that deliver high-quality results require well-designed software development and project management procedures.
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Web App Development Process
- Define the problem you are solving
Defining the problem is critical. It is your North Star and provides direction. Your solution is born from your problem.
- Plan the workflow of your web apps
Once you know your solution, map out the workflow of how it will work. What needs to happen within your web application for it to solve the problem?
- Wireframe/prototype your web apps
Transform your workflow into a wireframe. Your wireframe is simply a tool for communicating your solution to your target user.
- Receive validation
Present your wireframe to potential users of your new web apps. Record feedback and iterate on the design until you, and your potential users are happy.
- Choose your firepower
You will use different tools/platforms/frameworks to build your web apps. It’s important to choose a tool that fits the job (in this case your web application) and not to go with what is popular. For example – for a simple to-do app, Django combined with React might be overkill.
- Build your web apps
Determine what data you need to store in your database and also your data types. Then build your database.
You will likely build your frontend and backend at the same time. Your front end will loosely mirror the wireframe/prototype you validated earlier. The front-end consists of HTML, CSS, and JS – like one of our frontend frameworks below.
Building your backend is one of the toughest parts of the web development process. The primary functions of the backend are to provide HTTP endpoints for your frontend (remember CRUD!), authenticate users, and authorization, and serve the frontend.
- Test your web apps
Testing your web application is an ongoing process and usually happens during and after the building phase. You can automate testing or do it manually. During the testing phase, you should try to cover functionality, usability, compatibility, security, and performance testing.
- Host and deploy your web apps
Hosting involves running your web application on a server. You will need to buy a domain and choose a cloud hosting provider. To get your web application from your local machine to your cloud provider and deploy it, you will need to use a CI tool.
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