Archive for the ‘Enterprise App Development’ Category

Mobile App ideas to consider using Javascript(Js)

Monday, August 31st, 2020

JavaScript is the most popular language on our planet. Even back-end developers who write server-side code tend to research more questions on JavaScript than any other language. That’s because JS is pretty inescapable. One of the most powerful things you can do with JS is to build mobile apps for both Android and iPhone. Here are some JavaScript frameworks and mobile app ideas that you can use.

Build hybrid mobile apps

Hybrid apps merge components of the web and native applications. They are a mobile version of a website that runs on a web browser. Unlike Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, this is a default browser that does not use an address bar. They are cross-platform compatible and can run on multiple mobile operating systems.

JavaScript frameworks that can be used to create hybrid mobile apps include Phonegap, Sencha touch, Onsen UI, and Ionic.

Build native mobile apps

These apps work with only one component for an operating system. Some components of a native app will change as the features of the operating system change; for example, buttons and preloaders. These apps are written in programming languages like Objective C for iOS and Java for Android operating systems. The advantage of native apps is that they are fast and reliable when compared to hybrid mobile apps.

Today, you can use a JavaScript framework to build native mobile apps that are cross-platform compatible. You can convert a JavaScript code to render the native components to the platform it runs on.

Here is a list of JavaScript frameworks you can use to build native apps.

React Native

An open-source framework that has been created and maintained by Facebook. Although not a new framework, it is one of the most popular. You can create an entire mobile app using only JavaScript. It uses the same design as React and lets you build a rich mobile user interface from declarative components. Apps built using React Native include Instagram, Uber, Facebook, and Walmart.

Tabris.js

Build native iOS and Android apps from a single code with Tabris.js. If you know how to use PhoneGap and/or Ionic, you won’t have trouble using tabris.js, and it won’t be a difficult destination to migrate. Tabris.js follows the same format as PhoneGap and Ionic config.xml.

Native script

For great UI performance, Telerik Native Script is just right. This open-source framework allows you to build both Android and iOS mobile apps.

Of all the above apps, Tabris.js framework is definitely the best as it also supports cloud build without the requirement of huge SDK installations that consume both space and memory.

Topmost Strategical Technology Trends in 2020 You Should Know

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

With each passing year, we are witnessing new advancements in the technology transforming businesses around the world. While some things already exist and are common finds in the modern enterprise, other new technologies are ‘prime pickings’ to drastically change the way we live and work. Rapid developments and adoption of these technologies in the enterprise and our lives are contributing to the digital transformation. Analysts have identified that technology trends will shape and disrupt businesses in the next few years.

Every modern technology evolves with new use cases and even newer applications. Additionally, we will begin to see the new benefits and opportunities. Its 2020 and analysts have found out some of the top strategic tech trends that will have a wide impact on both the people and businesses.

Strategic Technology Trends in 2020 depend on two major areas:

  • People-centric
  1. Hyperautomation
  2. Multi-experience
  3. Human Augmentation
  • Smart spaces
  1. Distributed Cloud
  2. Blockchain
  3. AI Security
  1. Hyperautomation

Hyperautomation elevates task automation to the next level. Knowing the selection of automation mechanics, the way they relate to one another and how they may be coordinated and combined is a significant focus for hyperautomation. In other words, It’s the combination of multiple machine learning, packaged software and automation tools to deliver work. This is further kicked off with robotic process automation (RPA).

  1. Multiexperience

Multi experience is basically created by the use of multi-touchpoint and multisensory devices. This is anticipated to grow widely in the coming year as well. In fact, Multi-experience currently focuses on immersive experiences that use augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, multi-channel human-machine interfaces and sensing technologies.

  1. Human Augmentation

Human augmentation is leveraging technology to increase human capabilities both physically and cognitively. The proliferation of smart devices, and smart wearables can be now seen widely. New applications include the use of these wearables to improve worker safety in the mining industry. In fact, wearables could be used to increase worker productivity and increase human ability.

  1. Distributed Cloud

The cloud holds a lot of potential when it comes to manage operations, governance, updates and evolution of the services. Now, distributed cloud is how the cloud is shifting towards a new era. Most have thought of the cloud as being location independent every time. But now with distributed cloud, physical location of where those data centers are located becomes increasingly important.

  1. Blockchain

Blockchain has the potential to remold industries by enabling trust, providing transparency, and enabling value exchange across business ecosystems. However, it remains immature for enterprise deployments due to a range of technical issues including poor scalability and interoperability. It has been analyzed that Blockchain, will be fully scalable by 2023. Moreover, true blockchain or “blockchain complete” will have the potential to transform industries, and eventually the economy because of the complementary technologies such as AI and the IoT begin to integrate.

  1. AI Security

As mentioned earlier, technologies like hyper-automation already show how true digital transformation is changing in the business world. All the same, these technologies also create security exposure through potential new points of attack. In such case, AI security outgrows as a key solution. Safety and threat leaders should concentrate on three important areas; shielding AI-powered systems, leveraging AI to boost safety defence, and expecting nefarious usage of AI by attackers.

Final Thoughts

In today’s competitive environment, It is important to always remember that embracing change and adopting new technologies and trends will guarantee that your organization maintains a competitive edge. Implementing such technologies will definitely be a game changer for your business. Get ready for the better future!

Microservices

Monday, July 13th, 2020

The world we live in is dynamic, in fact, the only sure-fire constant that you may find in it is the fact that change here, is a rather constant set of affairs. When we narrow down our view of the world to software and technology this seems to take a whole other meaning, not only is change constantly occurring, it is occurring so rapidly that even the best of our brains have difficulty keeping up with it.

This brings us to a very interesting question- how can the various applications and other software on your electronic devices accommodate such a variety of change and that too this fast? This question lies in the mind of all developers, before they even launch a new application, for example, they build it already capable of inculcating new updates, etc. Now comes the question of rapidity. Earlier the applications used to have monolithic architecture. Under this, the entire application was built as one independent unit. This resulted in any induction of change to be an extremely time-taking and tedious process as any change affected the entire system- even the most minuscule modification to even a tiny segment of the code could require the building or deployment new version of the software.

But the world as we know it needed to be much faster than that, this where Microservices came and replaced Monolith applications. Microservice Architecture or as it is popularly known- Microservices is today one of the foundation components of creating a good application aimed and precise and immersive delivery of service. It is a style of Architecture that designs the application as an amalgamation of services that can easily be maintained over a long period of time and deployed if need be both with one another or independently. It tackles the problems posed by earlier models by being modular in every single aspect. It is a rather distinctive method of creating systems of software that emphasizes the creation of single-function modules with strictly defined operations and interfaces.

Since there are no official templates available to either design or develop or even base microservice architecture upon, providers of these services often find themselves in a more creative space than usual, however over time there has come some uniformity in types and characteristics of services offered or how this architecture is developed. Topping the charts, of course, is its uncanny ability to be divided into numerous components with each being able to be tweaked and redeployed independently so if one or more service is to be changed, the developers do not have to undertake the gargantuan task of changing the entire application.

Another defining characteristic carried by it is the simple fact that this is built for business. In previous architectures the traditional approach with separate teams for User Interface, Technology layers, Databases, and other services and components was present. Microservice comes with the revolutionary idea of cross-platform teams, with each team being given the task of developing one or more very specific products based on any number of services (as available within the architecture) with the help of a message bus for the purpose of communication. It functions on the motto- “You build it, you run it.” Hence these teams are allowed to assume ownership of their developed product for its lifetime.

Another well-founded achievement of Microservices is its quality of resistance to failure. The probability of failure is extremely plausible since a number of services which on their own are quite diverse as well are continuously communicating and working together. The chance of a service failing is rather high. In such cases, the client should withdraw peacefully allowing other services around its function. Moreover, Microservices come with the ability to monitor over these services which exponentially reduces these chances of failure, and if and when one service or the other does fail it is thus well equipped to cope up with it.

As you may realize reading thus far, that Microservice architecture in all its application and potential seems to be a design capable of bringing a revolution in the industry, hints of which have already been seen as it has efficiently and rather completely replaced the traditional monolith models. It is an evolutionary design and it is an ideal choice for a designer who is unable to anticipate the types of changes that product may have to undergo in the future. In fact, it is built to accommodate unforeseen changes and that is why as development becomes more and more rapid a larger share of industry is switching from Monolithic to Microservices.

Some of the big players adding to its prestige are Netflix and Amazon. Both requiring one of the most widespread architectures possible in the industry. They get a number of calls from a variety of devices which would simply have been impossible to be handled by the traditional models they used before that.

One major drawback faced globally among Microservices enthusiasts is the fact that the logic, schema and other information that would otherwise have been the company’s intellectual property implicit their own minds now have to be shared across the various cross-platform services. But there is no way around it, in the world around us where most software is being developed over cloud environments this is more or less a philosophical question that whether we should even keep a secret. But along with this aby accepting regression tests and planning around backward compatibility a lot of such tricky scenarios could easily be avoided. Anyway, compared to the ocean of benefits that one receives from Microservice architecture it can remain a rhetorical question whether companies have any other options available. The pros outweigh the cons by far and in the coming times, this is going to be even more sought after model than it is now.

Benefits of Creating Microservices Apps in an Advanced Production Environment

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Nowadays, containers are highly utilized as a deployment vehicle for applications. According to experts, the expedition of legacy app modernization and net-new development will lead to 45% of production applications being cloud-native using containers, microservices, and dynamic orchestration, by 2022.  As a result, containers will still house the monolithic apps which are directly packed in containers or refactored in the microservices. However, the maintenance, operations, and management of such applications won’t require any certain changes in the business IT operations.

The cloud-native apps by their nature are microservices-based applications and they are constituted of “set of microservices” which is owned by one or mixed company lines and consolidated from various resources. A cloud-native app can easily contain 35+ microservices. Usually in an organization, there are about 150+ business applications, and recreating them as cloud-native apps can lead to 3500+ microservices, all deployed on a single container platform at once. As a result, there will a consistent change in your production environment. 

The cloud-native applications on a container platform need an absolute redesigning of the entire IT operations and management. These changes are driven by:

  • Integrating constant deployment of cloud-native applications
  • Reconstructing the relationship and cooperation model with the organization
  • Tooling for microservices monitoring, management, and logging

How to deal with the cloud-native apps in production?

To seamlessly integrate the continuous deployment of the cloud-native apps, you need to re-evaluate the management of your testing, staging, and production conditions along with an integrated toolchain. You also need to observe the flow control through all the various stages. The development phase must mirror the production stage so that the business lines can effectively test the microservices under the close-to-production provisions and operations. Likewise, businesses can verify the development progress and classify the possible issues before moving towards the production stage by performing intense monitoring and logging.

Moreover, businesses should support rollback if the new microservices creates an error in the production environment. Secondly, the container platforms must maintain the Continuous Integration/ Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) process and implement constant monitoring, resourcing, and tooling access over the testing, staging, and production phase.

Synchronizing with the Business

Enterprises are more focused on re-creating their relationship and interactive model with the businesses. IT leaders are now jointly operating with the developers and LOB users to create an effective microservices architecture and process model across the business.

Benefits of having a Microservice-Based Solution

Easy to Manage and Evolve Especially:

  • Developers find it quite easy to learn and get started instantly with excellent productivity. For instance, containers start quickly making it more productive for developers. 
  • An IDE like Visual Studio can load tinier projects quickly.
  • Each microservice can be created, developed, and deployed individually of other microservices providing agility since it is easy to deploy new versions of microservices often.

Effective Work Division Every service can be controlled by a single development team and each team can control, develop, deploy, and estimate their service independently.

Isolated Issues Error in a single service does not hinder the entire structure, only the particular service is impacted. Besides, when a problem in a microservice is resolved, you can easily deploy just the affected microservice without influencing the rest of the application.

Status Codes in API Testing

Friday, June 19th, 2020

What is API?

API is an Application Programming Interface. It is an interface among software and within the software. To understand it we must go through a basic example as a user.

To get to know the API, follow the below steps:

  • Let us suppose a user is on ‘You Tube’ and observes the URL field on the screen. If a user enters any keyword for which the user wishes to view the video, say ‘Hello’ and click on the search button. The API of the videos related to’ hello ‘will get hit and users may observe the part after youtube.com/{This}.
  • If the user clicks any video from the page again, he/she will observe the API’s being hit at that moment. So, what is basically happening here?
  • The user is requesting a request from a provider and it is giving back the required response. Some of the times it happens that there is a working site say ‘www.ABC.com users search it and its API gets hit, it opens.

What are Status Codes?

  • Now if the company ‘ABC’ changes its name to ‘ABD’ and the user enters the same old URL which has not yet been redirected to the new company name it will show an error ‘Page not found‘.
  • How can users view it? For more understanding, right-click on the screen, Select ‘inspect’ and click on the ‘console’ tab. It will display a 404 page not found. These results tell us the responses are known as status codes.

Status Codes are the HTTP RESPONSE standard status code.

What are some common API status codes?

Status codes are divided into 5 categories:

  • 1xx – Informational messages
  • 2xx – Success messages
  • 3xx – Redirection messages
  • 4xx – Client error
  • 5xx – Server error

To understand categories of status codes in API’s testing, let us think of a way the user can easily catch. Consider a website, the screen user can view with the eyes is the user interface.

On this website, there is a page where the user can add its details to create the account.

Users enter fields such as ‘Name’,’ DOB’ (and other personal details) and click on ‘Submit’. Now considering the above scenario, we can understand status codes.

  • If during the submit request, which was received and understood. It requests the response consuming resource to wait for a final response. Just an information message while the request continues to proceed are Information messages.
  • When the request is requested by the client was received, understood and accepted. It states as Success messages.
  • If while entering the Name field which has a validation to accept only 15 alphabets, user-entered more than that and submit the request. On the UI, an error message is displayed. Now, this error was caused by the client. hence Client error.
  • If during the submit request, the server is unable to perform the request due to any situation, that is known as Server-side error.
  • For a Redirection message, the website name changes its name to ‘www.AND.com’ and you enter the same old URL which has not yet been redirected to the new website name, this is the case for redirection found.

Conclusion

APIs are a means by which two different programs can communicate within the software and among software’s and status codes are the responses that are the results of the requests sent.

Leverage AWS IoT Core for Connecting Devices to the Cloud

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Technologies are consistently evolving with innovative enhancements to them every day. Connecting your devices to the cloud can be a complex situation and requires a skilled cloud app development company to get the best results. Also, managing several internet-connected devices, security measures, and reliability simultaneously can be a tedious task. 

To overcome this burden, a fully managed cloud service “AWS IoT Core” is introduced. The organizations can now connect their devices to the AWS cloud for improved security, interoperability, and clarity. Besides, the AWS IoT Core offers a centralized platform that promotes secure data storage, convenience across a variety of devices, and retrieval.

With AWS IoT Core, your application can be tracked and communicated with all the connected devices, 24*7, even when they are offline. It is easy to use AWS and Amazon Services with AWS IoT Core to create IoT apps that collect, process, examine and carry out the information generated by the connected devices without the need of managing any infrastructure. These apps can also be centrally managed over a mobile app.

How does AWS IoT Core Operate?

Connect and Manage Your Devices

AWS IoT Core allows seamless connectivity of multiple devices to the cloud and to other devices. It supports HTTP, WebSockets, and MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport), a communication protocol particularly created to support irregular and interrupted connections, lessen the code footprints on the devices and decrease the network bandwidth necessities. Besides, AWS IoT Core supports industry standards and custom protocols also devices using different protocols can intercommunicate.

Secured Device Connections and Information

Whenever a device gets connected to an AWS IoT Core, an end-to-end encryption is initiated throughout all the connection links so that the crucial data is never transferred between devices and AWS IoT core without having a proven identity. You can always authenticate access to your devices and apps by using granular permissions and policies. All thanks to the automated configuration and authentication policies provided by the AWS IoT core.

Process and Act upon Device Data

You can refine, modify, and act upon the device data depending upon the business rules you have defined. Also, you can update the set business rules anytime to implement new device and app features.

Read and Set Device State Anytime

The latest state of a connected device is stored within the AWS IoT core so that it can be set or read anywhere, anytime, even when the device is disconnected.

Key Features of AWS IoT Core

Below are the unique and robust AWS IoT Core features that provide a seamless experience to organizations while connecting to several IoT devices to the cloud:

Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Support

You can easily utilize the AVS for a regular management of your devices having Alexa built-in abilities i.e. microphone and speaker. With the AVS integration, it is quite easy to scale a huge amount of supported devices and their management can be done through voice controls. It reduces the cost of building Alexa Built-in devices by up to 50%.  Besides, AVS integration promotes seamless media handling for the connected devices in a virtual cloud environment.

Device Shadow

You can create a determined, virtual version or Device Shadow of every device connected to an AWS IoT core. It is a virtual representation of every device by which you can virtually analyze a device’s real-time state w.r.t applications and other devices interacting with it. It also lets you recover the last reported state of each device connected to the AWS cloud. Besides, the Device Shadow provides REST APIs that make it more convenient to create interactive applications.

Rules Engine

The Rules Engine empowers you to create a scalable and robust application that exchanges, processes the data generated by the connected devices. It prevents you from managing the complex and daunting software infrastructures. Moreover, it evaluates and modifies the messages published under the AWS IoT Core and delivers them to another device or cloud service.

Authentication and Authorization

AWS IoT Core provides industry level security for the connected devices as it allows mutual authentication and peer-to-peer encryption at every connection point. This means that the data is only transferred between the devices that have a valid and proven identity on AWS IoT Core. There are majorly three types of authentication mechanism:

  • X.509 Certificate-Based Authentication
  • Token-Based Authentication
  • SigV4

Devices connected using HTTP can use either of the above-mentioned authentication mechanisms whereas devices connected through MQTT can use certificate-based authentication.

AWS IoT and Mobile SDKs

The AWS IoT Device SDK allows you to connect your hardware device or your application to AWS IoT Core instantly and efficiently. It enables your devices to connect, validate, and exchange messages with AWS IoT Core incorporating the web protocols like MQTT, HTTP, or WebSockets. Moreover, developers can either use an open-source AWS SDK or can create their SDK to support their IoT devices.

The Bottom Line

AWS IoT Core empowers people and businesses to connect their devices to the cloud. It provides great assistance for web protocols like WebSockets, MQTT, and HTTP to facilitate seamless connectivity with the least bandwidth disruptions. Also, AWS IoT Core promotes smooth and effective communication between the connected devices.

How DevOps is Propelling Business Growth

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

People often confuse DevOps with a tool or a team, rather it is a process or methodology that uses modern tools for improving the communication and collaboration between Development and the Operations teams and hence the term “DevOps”. Moreover, DevOps has come out of being just a buzzword, it is now covering the mainstream and has gained immense popularity at an extraordinary level forming an entirely new business world.

DevOps provides agility and continuous delivery that support organizations in dealing with real-world industry scenarios like growing speed and complexities. It further assists with both customer and business-level applications empowering digital transformation.

User-based applications demand variations and implementations based on the feedbacks in an agile timeframe. Also, business applications require exceptional performance and robust, automated development & deployment methods to stay in sync. with the consistently evolving market trends. Several organizations have started adopting the business version for ensuring the best strategies for enhancing the infrastructure and security measures. Speed is amazing until quality starts to degrade likewise quality is worthwhile only if the deliverables are reaching customers in a fleet and reasonable time frame. Hence organizations consider DevOps as the key component in software development as it bridges the gap between speed, efficiency, and quality.

DevOps Cycle: The Six Fundamental Cs

Continuous Business Planning: The initial step in DevOps revolves around exploring potential avenues of productivity and growth in your business, highlighting the skillset and resources required. Here, the organizations focus on the seamless flow of value stream and ways of making it more customer-centric. 

Collaborative Development: This part involves drafting a development plan, programming required, and focusing on the architectural infrastructure as it the building block for an enterprise. It is considered as a business strategy, working process, and an assemblage of software applications that promotes several enterprises to work together on the development of a product. Whereas, the infrastructure management incorporates systems management, network management, and storage management which are handled on the cloud.

Continuous Testing: This stage increases the efficiency and speed of the development by leveraging the unit and integration testing. The payoff from continuous testing is well worth the effort. The test function in a DevOps environment supports the developers in effectively balancing speed and quality. Leveraging automated tools can decrease the cost of testing and enable QA experts to invest their time more productively. Besides, CT compresses the test cycles by allowing integration testing earlier in the process.

Continuous Monitoring: Consistent monitoring maintains the quality of the process. Hence, this stage monitor changes and address the flaws & mistakes immediately, the moment they occur. Besides, it enables enterprises to effectively monitor the user experience and improve the stability of their application infrastructure.

Continuous Release & Deployment: This step incorporates monitoring release and deployment procedures. Here, a constant CD pipeline will help in implementing code reviews and developer check-ins seamlessly. This step incorporates monitoring release and deployment procedures. Here, a constant CD pipeline will help in implementing code reviews and developer check-ins seamlessly. The main focus is to depreciate the manual tasks, scale the application to an Enterprise IT portfolio, provide a single view across all the applications and adopt a unified pipeline that will integrate and deploy tasks as and when they occur.

Collaborative Customer Feedback & Optimization: Customer feedbacks are always important as it helps organizations to make adjustment decisions and actions that can enhance the user experience. This stage enables an instant acknowledgment from the customers for your product and helps you implement the corrections accordingly. Besides, customer feedbacks enhance the quality, decreases risks & costs, and unifies the process across the end to end the lifecycle.

Now let us move on to the how DevOps helps driving business growth but before that:

Business Benefits of Leveraging DevOps

Quick Development Leads to Quick Execution

DevOps have three significant and key principles: Automation, Continuous Delivery, and Rapid Feedback Cycle. These principles create a nimble, dynamic, productive, and robust software development lifecycle. Being an evolutionary extent of the Agile Methodology, DevOps uses automation to assure a seamless flow of software development. With the combined strength of the development and operations team, applications are promptly executed and releases are performed at a much faster rate.

Fewer Deployment Errors and Prompt Delivery

With DevOps, it is easy to execute a bulky level of codes in a relatively short period. Teams are enabled to share their feedback so that the errors are early recognized as well as solved early. This, however, results in shorter and robust software development cycles. 

Enhanced Communication and Collaboration

DevOps promotes a growing work culture and intensifies productivity, it inspires teams to combine and innovate together. To improve business agility, DevOps creates an environment of mutual collaboration, communication, and integration across globally distributed teams in an organization. It is because of the combined and collaborative work culture, employees have become more comfortable and productive.

Improved Productivity

Since DevOps is a continuous cycle, therefore it assures a quick development process along with minimal chances of errors. Efficient and seamless development, testing, and operational phases result in enhanced productivity and growth. Also, the cloud-based models significantly enhance the testing and operational stages in DevOps making it more robust and scalable.

New Era of DevOps: SecOps

SecOps is the effective collaboration between the Security and Operations teams offering best security practices for organizations to follow, a process to adhere, utilization of modern tools ensuring the security of the application environment. It enables organizations to supervise the analysis of security threats, incident management, security controls optimization, decreased security risks, and increased business efficiency. SecOps can be a social and transforming process for certain businesses demanding solutions for bigger security threats before the accomplishments of their objectives.

Six Benefits of Integrating ERP with Salesforce CRM 

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Enterprise resource planning or ERP is business process management software that enables the business to hand various aspects of business in one application, database, and user interface. The software also includes customer relationship management or CRM system, HR system, and office suites, etc. As estimated, IT expenditures on the enterprise software will grow to 462 billion US dollars. 

The following are the six advantages of integrating ERP with Salesforce CRM:

1. Better communication 

Owing to the integration of ERP with salesforce CRM, it passes the information quickly across teams. For example, when the finance team handles ERP, and it corresponds with the sales team, then ERP has all the information needed by the finance team and also the information that lives in salesforce. It enables finance and sales teams to have a more valuable exchange. 

2. Offers unified access from different systems

Some employees can understand one system is better than the others. The sales team will be good at understanding salesforce, and people on the finance team are better off understanding the ERP system. Due to the integration of ERP and CRM systems, users can process the information through their convenient system. Since the data gets synchronized, everyone can access it.   

3. Provides excellent customer service 

The integration of the two systems gives you a coherent picture of your customers. It shows their purchasing tendency, payment transactions, and choices to order history. It enables you to have better customer relationship management and helps grow your business. Maybe that’s’ why ERP and CRM together are the most prevalent type of business applications, with over 53% of companies investing in them on priority. 

4. Automation without coding

When you have integrated salesforce ERP, then you don’t have to outsource programming for workflows. Since workflows can get produced with a simple click, anyone can quickly transfer data, generate processes, and automate information transmission. The automation makes the business process very simple, and 95% of the businesses have experienced a seamless process after using ERP. 

5. Gives more precise data

Data from all ERP systems gets shared on the cloud ERP system; the software has access to more data to use for assessment and briefing per system. It results in giving out more detailed information about the customers. So, by integrating ERP with CRM, you can have access to more precise and high-quality data.

6. Prevents errors and time-efficient 

Typically, data entries lead to errors even if you are doing it by copy-pasting. Especially when your business is dependent on several systems, your employees will need to feed data into each one of them. It increases the chances of errors and data duplication. Further, it will consume a lot of time to tally the data in various systems. But integration ERP and CRM systems regularly check the data and stabilizes it.  

Summing Up

ERP and CRM software are going to have consistent growth until the next year and reach the market value of 95.4 billion US dollars. The number proves that how efficient and business-friendly are this software. So, those as above were the six advantages of integrating ERP with Salesforce CRM.

Microservices

Friday, January 24th, 2020

The world we live in is dynamic, in fact, the only sure-fire constant that you may find in it is the fact that change here, is a rather constant set of affairs. When we narrow down our view of the world to software and technology this seems to take a whole other meaning, not only is change constantly occurring, it is occurring so rapidly that even the best of our brains have difficulty keeping up with it.

This brings us to a very interesting question- how can the various applications and other software on your electronic devices accommodate such a variety of change and that too this fast? This question lies in the mind of all developers, before they even launch a new application, for example, they build it already capable of inculcating new updates, etc. Now comes the question of rapidity. Earlier the applications used to have monolithic architecture. Under this, the entire application was built as one independent unit. This resulted in any induction of change to be an extremely time-taking and tedious process as any change affected the entire system- even the most minuscule modification to even a tiny segment of the code could require the building or deployment new version of the software.

But the world as we know it needed to be much faster than that, this where Microservices came and replaced Monolith applications. Microservice architecture or as it is popularly known- Microservices is today one of the foundation components of creating a good application aimed and precise and immersive delivery of service. It is a style of Architecture that designs the application as an amalgamation of services that can easily be maintained over a long period of time and deployed if need be both with one another or independently. It tackles the problems posed by earlier models by being modular in every single aspect. It is a rather distinctive method of creating systems of software that emphasizes the creation of single-function modules with strictly defined operations and interfaces.

Since there are no official templates available to either design or develop or even base microservice architecture upon, providers of these services often find themselves in a more creative space than usual, however over time there has come some uniformity in types and characteristics of services offered or how this architecture is developed. Topping the charts, of course, is its uncanny ability to be divided into numerous components with each being able to be tweaked and redeployed independently so if one or more service is to be changed, the developers do not have to undertake the gargantuan task of changing the entire application.

Another defining characteristic carried by it is the simple fact that this is built for business. In previous architectures the traditional approach with separate teams for User Interface, Technology layers, Databases, and other services and components was present. Microservice comes with the revolutionary idea of cross-platform teams, with each team being given the task of developing one or more very specific products based on any number of services (as available within the architecture) with the help of a message bus for the purpose of communication. It functions on the motto- “You build it, you run it.” Hence these teams are allowed to assume ownership of their developed product for its lifetime.

Another well-founded achievement of Microservices is its quality of resistance to failure. The probability of failure is extremely plausible since a number of services which on their own are quite diverse as well are continuously communicating and working together. The chance of a service failing is rather high. In such cases, the client should withdraw peacefully allowing other services around its function. Moreover, Microservices come with the ability to monitor over these services which exponentially reduces these chances of failure, and if and when one service or the other does fail it is thus well equipped to cope up with it.

As you may realize reading thus far, that Microservice architecture in all its application and potential seems to be a design capable of bringing a revolution in the industry, hints of which have already been seen as it has efficiently and rather completely replaced the traditional monolith models. It is an evolutionary design and it is an ideal choice for a designer who is unable to anticipate the types of changes that product may have to undergo in the future. In fact, it is built to accommodate unforeseen changes and that is why as development becomes more and more rapid a larger share of industry is switching from Monolithic to Microservices.

Some of the big players adding to its prestige are Netflix and Amazon. Both requiring one of the most widespread architectures possible in the industry. They get a number of calls from a variety of devices which would simply have been impossible to be handled by the traditional models they used before that.

One major drawback faced globally among Microservices enthusiasts is the fact that the logic, schema and other information that would otherwise have been the company’s intellectual property implicit their own minds now have to be shared across the various cross-platform services. But there is no way around it, in the world around us where most software is being developed over cloud environments this is more or less a philosophical question that whether we should even keep a secret. But along with this aby accepting regression tests and planning around backward compatibility a lot of such tricky scenarios could easily be avoided. Anyway, compared to the ocean of benefits that one receives from Microservice architecture it can remain a rhetorical question whether companies have any other options available. The pros outweigh the cons by far and in the coming times, this is going to be even more sought after model than it is now.

React Native vs Xamarin

Friday, January 24th, 2020

With an overly increasing market for mobile applications in both of its major platforms- Android and iOS, it is only probable that the developers continue to hunt for a faster, a more comprehensive way of creating these. This is where open source cross-platform frameworks like React Native and Xamarin comes to play. With both these frameworks topping the charts in their fields it is only necessary to closely examine and compare their features so that the user is better equipped to make a choice.

If simple facts are to be believed then React native has about three times more users than Xamarin, on the various platforms where the users of these frameworks form communities and interact we can see a wide disparity in the number of people committed to one of the two, be it Github or Reddit. But this does not necessarily indicate better technical process. What it does show is that Facebook is making extra efforts in securing a community for its framework, a field where Microsoft effectively lacks.

If we examine the technical aspects of the two, we see the amount of ease of usage that React native provides to its customers- basic knowledge of the Java Script and you are ready to develop mobile apps. Xamarin, on the other hand, uses the C# language, which is more popular with the native users of Android or iOS.

This also introduces to one of the areas where React Native falls short of customer expectations is that it has no provisions for the native features of Android or iOS, the need to be created from scratch every time you have to include them in your development process, this tedious task compels you to write in both Java and Objective C. On the other hand, Xamarin offers no such problems.

As far as the need for emulators is concerned, in Xamarin one has the compulsion to integrate them in order create anything, whereas React native can function without it, but for a better or more complex application your work has to be integrated with these external emulators at the end.

Another area where React native has not been scoring high is the lack of maturity in its framework, it is easily susceptible to damage and prone to attack via bugs, etc. It has taken a lot of public heat, since often, these bugs are hard to fix, and time taken in doing so might range to days.

So, while React native might appear to be more lucrative a strong proposition can be made claiming that Xamarin with its impeccable centralized support among other things is a better boat to sail in for the long term.

A Facelift to the Business World - Digital Transformation

Friday, January 24th, 2020

How is digital transformation reshaping businesses?

There is a fixed pattern or way in which businesses operate. When that changes its course from its traditional fons et origo due to modernization and technology, it is referred to as digital transformation.

“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” — Benjamin Disraeli

Hence, digital transformation has made its mark in a wide range of areas like hospitality, automation, information technology, finance, and even medicine. It has carved a niche for itself in all kinds of businesses — be it small, medium or large. However, it’s being ubiquitous comes at a price. It needs to prove itself worthy to the customers and the employees and this can be achieved only by employing voguish business applications. Organizations should be able to churn these out at lightning bolt speed because it is the only way they can survive in the extant cut-throat competition.

The essence

The pith of digital transformation is a reduction in operational costs and enhanced customer experience. It does not just circumscribe around new innovative technologies but also revolves around a change in mindset and work culture. Thus, enterprises ought to cater to fluctuations in the business environment and business demands by inventing appropriate strategies.

“…the key to digital transformation in re-envisioning and driving change in how the company operates. That’s a management and people challenge, not just a technology one.” — Capgemini Consulting

The factors

It is hence, pivotal for the management to join hands with IT teams and cater to business needs, motor innovation and head towards continuous development. These form the core of digital transformation — progress in business activities, reduction in costs, improvement in marketing time and so on. Influenced by major factors like technological innovations, customer expectations and demands, market scenario and environmental changes, digital transformation is a force to be reckoned with.

Advancements in technology lead to disruptions. Those operating on obsolete and outdated computer systems are shunned for latest and more modern versions of the same technology. Cloud computing, big data, internet of things, machine learning and others have taken the limelight and if harnessed, are done throughout the organization for better results, higher efficiency, and lower costs.

In the case of customer behavior, it refers to the desires and expectations that they have from the business and from the technology being employed. Consumers want sophisticated and latest technologies but also want them to be handy and easy-to-use. They must be satisfied with the service and should be willing to speak highly of your organization to others. Hence, it is extremely important that these expectations of the customer and technology changes catering to business demand must be in sync with one another. Digital transformation, therefore, helps in the evolution of organizations towards being more customer-centric.

The aftermath

Now, let’s move to different aspects of a business model that digital transformation influences or is capable of influencing. It can affect the normal functioning of the business across different departments ranging from human resources to administration. It can also streamline business models, increase the efficiency of underlying processes and balance business ecosystems. Dealing with customers and information, the two main intangible assets of any business, also become much easier.

Back to the essence

Profitability, customer care and faster market time are key components of digital transformation. Large amounts of data can also be analyzed easily using the latest tech to make decision-making more efficient and improve overall performance. Due to its camaraderie with the business world, digital transformation is often also referred to as business transformation.

“Digital transformation is a journey for the entire company. It’s no longer just about marketing transformation. We’re entering a new phase where all internal stakeholders are involved.” — digitaltransformationbook.com

It is indeed reshaping the business world to transform not just operations management but also organization at all hierarchies. Taking the world by the storm, it is no surprise that a significant number of Global 2000 companies deem it a priority in their corporate strategy. So, watch out for this one!

Also, feel free to reach out to us in case of any query regarding the digital transformation of if you just feel like having a construction discussion regarding the same. We will be more than happy to help out. Thanks for reading!

MangoPay

Friday, January 24th, 2020

MANGOPAY is a payment solution that enables marketplaces to easily process third-party payments. MangoPay is a service for market places, collaborative consumption platforms, and crowdfunding websites. It allows them to have a payment solution and to manage the electronic funds, with as particularity the management of e-wallet in white label. The typical workflow is described below.

Typical marketplace workflow

PREMIUM FEATURES OF MANGOPAY

  • Payments become a breeze
  • Make payments easy for your users by allowing them to pay in multiple currencies and with various payment methods.
  • Automate all payment flows and commissions with one single contract so you can focus on the growth of your platform.

Designed for developers

Integrate their payment solution on your platform quickly thanks to the open-source SDKs (PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net), our WordPress plugin and the checkout libraries for web, Android and IOS.

Payment flows your own way

Create your own payment flow matching your business model thanks to their seamless payment solution.

Their white-label product allows you to setup e-wallets enabling you to manage the escrowing and splitting of funds between users.

Maximum security for minimum worry

Keep your payments and transactions safe thanks to multiple anti-fraud and money laundering prevention tools.

Concentrate on your business while they verify your users in accordance with the latest European and local regulation.

Accessible dashboard for real-time monitoring

Manage your transactions, commissions, users, e-wallets and financial reporting thanks to their practical and accessible dashboard.

Integration made simple

Integrate their marketplace payment solution easily thanks to a developer-friendly API, online documentation which includes dedicated case studies, check out libraries for web, iOS, Android and their open-source SDKs’: PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net.

Global payment solution

Accept the most popular local and international methods of payment and currencies with one single contract.

Transfer funds to your users around the globe. Thanks to their solid international banking network, we guarantee fast and reliable payments.

Compliance on all levels

Rest easy with the verification of your merchants and end-users from around the world. We take care of checking and declaring their identity to the banking authorities, as required by European marketplaces’ regulation.

Comply with all European Union and card industry regulations thanks to their banking license which covers marketplaces registered in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. We guarantee that all sensitive data such as card details and user identity is handled securely, conform with PSD2, GDPR and PCI DSS.

White-label solution

Focus on giving the best experience to your users. Design and integrate your payment flow to ensure a smooth user experience within your web and mobile app.

Access all API functions on your personal dashboard and gain full control over your payments. Use this complimentary tool along with their API for operational and reporting purposes.

Rental Marketplace

Your platform facilitates rentals by connecting renters with owners.
Their marketplace offer is your solution to:

  • Collect secure deposits
  • Set up recurring payments
  • Verify the user’s identity

Merchant Marketplace

Your platform facilitates business by connecting buyers with merchants.
Their marketplace offer is your solution to:

  • Accept local currencies
  • Pay Merchants globally
  • Verify merchants’ identity

Community Marketplace

Your platform facilitates exchange between individuals as well as local businesses within a community.
Their marketplace offer is your solution to:

  • Split payments
  • Customize rules for transfers
  • Verify sellers
  • Crowdfunding

Integration made simple

Integrate their crowdfunding payment solution easily thanks to a developer-friendly API, online documentation which includes dedicated case studies, check out libraries for web, IOS, Android and their open-source SDKs’: PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net.

Adaptive workflow

Take advantage of the high degree of flexibility their technology offers to build the unique user journey your crowdfunding platform needs.

Escrow funds as long as you need and dispatch them easily thanks to their e-wallet technology and fluid payout system. We take care of executing the payment orders with the necessary banking institutions.

Provide your users with a unique IBAN directly linked to their e-wallet.

Compliance on all levels

Comply with all European Union and card industry regulations thanks to their banking license which covers marketplaces registered in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. We guarantee that all sensitive data such as card details and user identity is handled securely, conform with PSD2, GDPR, and PCI DSS.

Work in all countries by signing one unique contract that is in accordance with your country’s own set of crowdfunding rules. We fulfill local legal requirements and will help you to be compliant within your sector of activity.

Secure payment environment

Rest easy with the identification of your contributors and beneficiaries. Whether it is a company, an association or an individual, we take care of the due diligence and declare them to the banking authorities, as required by anti-money laundering laws.

Secure your payment environment by using their tools to flag unusual behavior and block fraudulent actions.

White-label solution

Focus on giving the best experience to your users. Design and integrate your payment flow to ensure a smooth user experience within your web and mobile app.

Access all API functions on your personal dashboard and gain full control over your payments. Use this complimentary tool along with their API for operational and reporting purposes.

Donation crowdfunding

Your platform facilitates fundraising for personal, social and entrepreneurial projects.
Their crowdfunding offer is your solution to

  • Collect donations
  • Hold funds securely
  • Verify users and organizations

Equity crowdfunding

Your platform facilitates direct business investment opportunities in return for equity.
Their crowdfunding offer is your solution to:

  • Secure investment payments
  • Associate Ibans to e-wallets
  • Verify project owners

Loan crowdfunding

Your platform facilitates loans for new ventures by connecting lenders with project leaders.
Their crowdfunding offer is your solution to:

  • Manage deposits
  • Acquire mortgage payments
  • Comply with your local regulation

Adaptive workflow

Take advantage of the high degree of flexibility their technology offers to build the unique user journey your FinTech needs.

Escrow funds as long as you need and dispatch them easily thanks to their e-wallet technology and fluid payout system. We take care of executing the payment orders with the necessary banking institutions.

Provide your users with a unique IBAN directly linked to their e-wallet.

Integration made simple

Integrate their FinTech payment solution easily, thanks to a developer-friendly API, online documentation which includes dedicated case studies, check out libraries for web, IOS, Android and their open-source SDKs’: PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net.

Compliance on all levels

Comply with all European Union and card industry regulations thanks to their banking license which covers businesses registered in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area.

We guarantee that all sensitive data such as card details and user identity is handled securely, conform with PSD2, GDPR, and PCI DSS.

Work in all countries by signing one unique contract that is in accordance with your country’s local financial rules. We fulfill local legal requirements and will help you to be compliant within your sector of activity.

Secure payment environment

Rest easy with the identification of your users. Whether it is a company or an individual, we take care of the due diligence and declare them to the banking authorities, as required by anti-money laundering laws.

Secure your payment environment by using their tools to flag unusual behavior and block fraudulent actions.

Important Reasons to Redesign Enterprise Apps

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

It is a very well said proverb from Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, that “If you think good design is costly; you should look at the cost of bad design.”

With the help of user research, a well-designed enterprise app solves the actual problems of actual users. It very well understands the behavior of the user, its requirements and preferences, and the pain points that existing software is not able to address. Employees, organizations, and users are benefitted at large by a well-designed solution.

Here are some of the primary reasons why redesigning an enterprise application is essential.

1. Advantage in competition

To outperform the competition that deploys the legacy application, agile enterprise applications give organizations a competitive edge. A lightweight application that is well included in the different business departments is a better tool for revenue optimization than the legacy application that slows down the work pace.

2. Improves efficiency

Enterprise apps are designed not on how employees work, but it is based on how the organization wants the employees to work. The employment of a user-centric approach to design is done to bridge this gap. UX designs improve the efficiency of the task they perform by resulting in faster and better workflows that are easy on the users.

3. Forecasting and data optimization

To unlock the actionable opportunities and business insights, new age enterprise application utilizes significant data capabilities. Big data analytics is provided by most modern-day companies to build services and products closest to their needs and to understand the customer better.

4. Cost-effective solution

Employees need little to no training for easy to use intuitive interface. Even a flexible or design-driven system considers the technological aspects and scalability, ensuring that the maintenance cost and set-up are optimized to a great extent.

5. Reduces cognitive load

Many users struggle to find the information with ease as most enterprise apps have an excessive amount of data or information on the same screen. We can ensure that there are fewer errors, and critical data is accessed faster by designing the interface keeping in mind the ability of human beings to process and perceive the information.

6. Higher employee satisfaction

The systems are built and sold to make the life of users productive and more accessible. The simplified interface must be a part of the human-computer interaction. Users are willing to use a digital tool when it is assistive rather than being burdening.

7. Empowers field workers

Enterprises that initiate the use of smart devices, especially tablets, allow the workers to know the real-time insights into the process of which they are a part of. It also gives them the ability to enter first-hand data from the ground back to the enterprise. It is a recurring cycle that results in the data being analyzed continuously and then re-fed in the form of business intelligence to the device of the workers.

Conclusion

Designing an enterprise application sounds easy, but in practice, it is an extremely tiresome process. Designers that are willing to be a part of the enterprise app designing process should understand the patience, commitment, and endless hours it requires.

Facebook To End Android Dependency: Here’s How

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

The social media scenario has been developing over the years. The beginning was with Google’s hangout, then came along Orkut and along that line came the creation of Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, you are right! We are talking about Facebook.

This online social directory became available first to the students of Harvard and later, to anyone who claimed to be of at least age 13. This rule was in place since 2006 and still ongoing. Any person with an account on Facebook can share digital content; it can be text, photo, and other multimedia files in their profile. They can have conversations with other people who are their “friend”, comment on other persons’ posts and even have one-on-one chats. There are several in-built apps that can also be used to complete different tasks or serve specific purposes.

Climbing into stardom

The rise of Facebook to become “the” social media was not slow but not instant either. After changing the name from “The Facebook” to just “Facebook” in 2005, this social media channel was opened to the general public in 2006. Within the year 2009, the company had 350 million users joining in its list and in the summer of 2012, the number finally rose to the magic number of 100 million. By the end of 2018, the number had grown to 2.32 billion, which is more than half of the world’s population and they are all present in the program written in the Harvard dorm room. In 2019, the numbers are becoming less, but with an average of 52%, Facebook is still the top contender in social media sites. However, the introduction of sites like Instagram, Twitter decreased its popularity. Another favorite social media messaging service called WhatsApp has been recently acquired by Facebook. Still, novel services like Snapchat are gradually making their presence felt. However, the company is taking the necessary step to address this particular issue.

The range of devices

Unlike the programs of its predecessor companies, Facebook did not need the user to download or install any installer file in their device. Although in the time when the only digital device was computers, only an internet connection was sufficient to connect and use the social media program. Nowadays, with the advent of smartphones, tabs and other handheld digital devices, it has become necessary to download the app onto the device. Thereafter, the user has to input their information and can access their profile. In the case of security measures, the program or “app” in the new OS vernacular has made some major changes to ensure the security of the user data. Certainly, maintaining an appealing UI is a priority to drive user engagement that both Android and iOS have their own restrictions around. Still, in recent cases, the company has faced some serious problems in the matters of fake accounts, fake posts, and information with a debatable source. Facebook has employed third-party companies to perform the fact-check and other necessary data.

The operating systems

The main limitation the company was facing from the start was the dependence on other operating systems. From the start, it was either accessed from mainly Windows or the Macintosh operating system. When the era of the smartphone or handheld devices came into existence, it was either Android or the specific operating system of Apple Inc, the iOS. Being dependent on these operating systems posed two specific problems:

  1. The coding and the necessary programming tasks become complex when it comes to two different operating systems. Moreover, if only the example of the Android is taken, the OS essentially dictates Facebook about the hardware requirement it will need. Having to depend on a third-party OS makes it impossible to add features because it may or may not suit the specification requirement allowed by the OS.
  2. Facebook has been developing devices like Oculus, and voice-calling services like Portal, which are essentially the development of Facebook. Having to depend on the operating system like Android practically determines that the company cannot add necessary hardware as it may clash with the inherent limitations of Android. Furthermore, the development of new versions or upgrades of this operating system will force the social media company to change the specification of its devices every time, adding to the production and implementation costs.

To cope up with these problems and ensure the independence of its programs and devices from the operating systems of other parties, Facebook has announced that it is now going to build its own operating system from the scratch. According to the general pulse, this step was eventually coming, but the effect on the market and among its users is yet to be seen.

The changeover to its own

The bid to stand on its own two legs in terms of an operating system was abuzz in the grapevine of the computer technology world, and the news was confirmed by the company itself later. Facebook told its users and the general public worldwide that it is appointing one of the creators and developers on Microsoft’s Windows NT OS, Mark Lucovsky. The step taken was supported by the Vice President of Hardware, Facebook, and confirmed in the statement that the company is seriously considering the fact that the future generation should have space for them. In the light of dependency on third-party systems, especially operating systems, it may not be possible for Facebook to achieve the target in terms of penetration and digital presence. For that reason, they are thinking of doing it on their own.

Expert’s opinion

According to the experts also, this step was in the pipeline for some time. Development of VR devices, Other machines like Oculus, a voice-calling feature like Portal, and even the AI-enabled program the company is developing, depending upon OS by Google, or any other company would have been limiting. For one, the developments had to be done according to the changes happening to the OS, and secondly, the hindrance of faster development in the case of Hardware would surface; as the Other OS may not be compatible with the hardware specification of the new development by Facebook.

Signing off

The development of a new OS is certainly exciting to Facebook users, however, there are other factors to consider too. In the future, although not certain, Facebook can become the next Apple, where you have to buy their devices to enjoy their programs. With the world’s majority using android by Google and the number still increasing, the outcome of the project and the decision of the company regarding it will determine the fate of this development.

What’s New in Xamarin Image Editor?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

The 2019 Volume 3 release of Xamarin.Forms Image Editor introduced several improvements, thereby allowing users such as top UX design firms an enhanced experience. Below, we take a close look at the new features which were added this year:

Image filter effects support

This effect enables users to choose from a wide range of color filters that can be added to their image. In other words, the original colors of the image are manipulated to achieve a different texture and color. There are six types of options that users have access to, including Hue, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast, Blur, and Sharpen. Users can apply these effects either by using the Image Editor toolbar or through code using the ApplyImageEffect method.

While the hue refers to the dominant wavelength of an image’s color, and its value ranges from -180 to 180, saturation refers to the intensity of the color. Its value ranges from -100 to 100. The brightness of an image represents how bright the image’s color is, with its value ranging between -100 and 100. The contrast of an image means the difference between the colors of an image. Its value ranges between -100 and 100.

Blur, on the other hand, means the clarity of an image, and its effect ranges from 0 to 6. Finally, the Sharpen feature is used for highlighting and enhancing the edges of objects found in an image. Its value ranges from 0 to 6 as well.

You even have the option of creating your own image color style in the new Xamarin Image Editor. All you have to do is apply a combination of various filter effects to your image.

Option for adding read-only text

The 2019 Volume 3 release of Xamarin Image Editor allows users to add read-only text to images. To do so, it restricts the text pop-up while you tap on an added text. If you want to add read-only text, you have to set the IsEditable property in TextSettings to false (which is set in true by default) before you add the text to the image.

Option to enable or disable resize functionality for added objects

Users now have the option of enabling or disabling the resize functionality for added objects, including images, shapes, as well as custom views. To do so, you have to use the IsResizable property of PenSettings, TextSettings, as well as CustomViewSettings in the Image Editor.

Apart from these main new features, there have also been several minor improvements made to Xamarin Image Editor, along with bug fixes.

Queuing Tasks with Redis

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Introduction and background

Redis is an open-source data structure that is used for in-memory storage and helps developers across the globe with the quick and efficient organization and utilization of data. Even though many developers worldwide are still struggling to decide which open-source software application to use, Redis is quickly growing to be a widely popular choice. Currently, more than 3000 tech joints, including our team, are using Redis.

Redis supports several data structures, including lists, sets, sorted sets, hashes, binary-safe strings, and HyperLogLogs. Our team uses Redis to support queuing in this project.

Queuing is the storing or deferring of tasks of operation inside a queue so that they can be used later. It comes into use for operations which are large in number and/or takes up a lot of time. Tasks can be executed in two different methods –

  • Tasks can be executed in the same order they were inserted, or
  • Tasks can be executed at a specific time.

Challenges

For this project, we needed to download large files, which is extremely time-consuming. To make the process more time-efficient, we decided to use queuing to effectively manage the download request. These download requests were added and served in the FIFO order.

Moreover, we wanted to retry the request in the time interval of one hour if it fails, until it fails three times. After this, the request is marked as failed and then removed from the queue. Our team soon found that manually creating and managing separate queues was rather inefficient, time-consuming, and troublesome, which hinted that we needed a new solution. This is where Redis comes in.

Solution

To create and manage separate queues more effectively, we put Kue npm package to the test. We hoped that it would make our task less time-consuming and more efficient.

And what exactly is Kue? Kue is a priority job queue package that is built for node.js and backed by Redis. What makes Kue so appealing for developers is that it provides us with a UI where the status of queues is displayed. This means that we can see the current status of the queues in real-time, thus helping us work better and smarter.

To use Kue, you have to first install it, then create a job Queue with Kue.createQueue(). The next step is to create a job of type email with arbitrary job data using create() method. This enables the return of a job, which will be saved in Redis using save() method.

Then, after the jobs are created, the next step is to process them using process() method, after which failed jobs should be removed. You can then add Kue UI if you choose and install kue-UI package.

With this, you will be able to store your request in the Redis queue and then process them in FIFO order.

Node.js 13 Brings Enhanced Programming Features and Worker Threads

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

In October, Node.js foundation released Node.js 13, much to the joy of Node.js developers across the globe. This release was significant because it marked the transition of Node.js 12 to Long Term Support (LTS). So, even though the new release from Node.js is now the current release, it is not recommended for production used by top UI UX design firms and others since Node.js 12 is still the Long Term Support (LTS) release.

As the latest version of the JavaScript runtime, Node.js 13 brings with it various improvements including programming enhancements, worker threads, as well as internationalization capabilities.

Although Node.js 13 may not be used by developers for production, it is still important when it comes to building and testing the latest features, as it allows them to see whether their applications and packages will be compatible with future versions that are yet to be developed.

In short, the new release is capable of delivering faster startup as well as improved default heap limits. It also includes updates to TLS, V8 engine and Http, and new features such as bundled heap dump capability, diagnostic report, and updates to N-API, Worker Threads, etc.

Below, we take a look at the key features that the latest release Node.js 13 brings:

Stable worker threads

With the new release, worker threads that are used for performing CPU-intensive JavaScript operations are stable in not only Node.js 13 but also in Node.js 12. Even though Node.js performs well enough with the single-threaded event loop, results could be improved with additional threads in some use-cases, and the new release bridges this gap.

V8 is upgraded to V8 7.8

The Google V8 JavaScript engine that Node.js runs on has been updated to the latest version, which is V8 7.8. The new and improved engine means that you can expect improvements in performance such as memory usage, object destructuring, as well as WebAssembly startup time.

Changes in HTTP communications

With the new Node.js release, data will not be emitted after a socket error anymore when it comes to HTTP communications. The legacy HTTP parser has also been removed, and the runtime of the request. connection and response.connection properties have been deprecated. Instead, request. socket and response.socket should be used.

Full ICU is enabled by default

Full-ICU (International Components for Unicode) is available as default with the new release. This means that Node.js now supports hundreds of other local languages, which will result in the simplification of deployment and deployment of apps for non-English deployments.

Advantages of Developing Modern Apps with ReactJS

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Reasons to build Mobile Applications in ReactJS.

React.js is a Facebook- and developer-community-managed, 2013-launched, JavaScript repository for building modern user interfaces. It can be used as a base to develop mobile applications or single-page applications. It’s viewed as a superb tool because it can do a great job fetching rapidly changing data that requires to be recorded. It’s so popular that companies like Netflix, PayPal, Apple rely on it, as do over 32,000 other websites that are built using this framework. So, what makes it so popular? Why do app design agencies prefer React.js?

React.js boosts productivity

Ask developers, what is the one remarkable feature about React.js, and they will swear that it’s the ability to increase productivity and facilitate maintenance. When applications have complex logic, changes in a single component can adversely affect the others. This makes updates a pain. Facebook has resolved this issue by extending the tool’s ability to reuse system components. This a great way to save development time.

React.js ensures faster rendering with virtual DOM

When creating a high-load application, it is necessary to ensure the structure will not negatively impact the overall performance of the app. Even minor changes at the upper layer can cause problems in lower levels. Now, developers can first make changes to the virtual representation of the DOM and then calculate the minimal scope of required DOM operations. Once done, the real DOM tree can be updated. By doing this, the developer can ensure better user experience and higher app performance.

React.js guarantees stable code

We know that HTML and JavaScript are two technologies that work side-by-side. React.js ensures that codes are reusable when these two technologies are combined. React.js also makes use of only downward data flow. So, even small changes made to the child structures will not affect their parents. When changing an object, developers have to modify their state and make the necessary change. Only the relevant components will be updated when this is done. This type of data binding ensures code stability and the continuous performance of the app.

React.js is SEO-friendly

Content is king. One of the relevant challenges that developers face is to ensure that an app is SEO-friendly. This is especially necessary for businesses in this day and age when there are several hundreds of apps out there, all vying to be the best. React.js ensures an app is SEO-friendly by effectively dealing with typical search engine failures to read heavily loaded, JavaScript apps.

Hooks Vision for Future

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

At React Conf 2018, Hooks was introduced by Sophie Alpert and Dan Abramov, followed by Ryan Florence demonstrating how to refactor an application to use them. While giving his presentation, Ryan stated that hooks are the vision for the future.

According to React, “Hooks are a new addition in React 16.8. They let you use state and other React features without writing a class.” To explain this further, hooks are a backwards-compatible function that allows you to ‘hook into’ react state and lifecycle from a function component without having to depend on

There are three different types of hooks. We discuss these below:

useState

useState is the simplest Hook that you can use. It does exactly what you would expect from its name. All you have to do is declare a variable (state) and a function, that is also called setter and this sets the value of that variable.

useRef

Sometimes, while coding, you may want to store a value for future reference in your component, but without triggering a re-render. This is a situation where useRef is used. It allows you to store a variable in the scope of the function, while still preserving its value across the renders. useRef receives an initial value and returns the ref variable.

In fact, useRef is a special case of useState. However, it allows you to set its value directly instead of using a setter function, which persists the value across renders without triggering a re-render.

useEffect

The useEffect hook may be tricky for you to understand if you think too much of it in terms of the old React class lifecycles. Although its subtleties are not immediate, they do make sense.

For example, if you have a component that fetches data in the form of a list by hitting an API, you would want the component to hit the API and fetch the data list once the component is rendered (mounted).

What are the benefits of Hooks?

Below, we list out several benefits of using React Hooks:

  • No rewrites to include or exclude state, just adding/deleting lines
  • No need to memorize lifecycle methods with useEffects
  • Customizable and reusable across components unlike class component state
  • Much cleaner code
  • No breaking changes

Put simply, React Hooks allows you to “hook into” React specific functionality such as its state and lifecycles, while also letting you keep your functional components as functions. It is not difficult to understand why it has so much potential.

How DevOps Changed the Face of Application Development?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Today, the top UX design firms are investing heavily in advanced technologies that can help them in the faster development and delivery of products. As competition rises, the need to stand out from the crowd by delivering high-quality and reliable apps in shorter periods increases.

To achieve this, DevOps has emerged as one of the best technologies for the best app design agency developers, allowing them smooth integration and deployment. We discuss the benefits of DevOps below:

Better build quality

Through DevOps, companies can combine operations and development smoothly, thereby creating a suitable environment where build quality can be nurtured. It brings together development-centric focuses, including performance, features, reusability, and so on, along with ops-centric focuses, such as maintainability and deployability, thereby bringing together the best of both worlds to positively impact the build quality.

Accelerated time to market

With DevOps, apps can reach your target audience faster, thanks to Disciplined Agile Delivery. Rather than having the development team building and testing in an environment that is separate from the operations teams working on productions, DevOps allows every change to be delivered to a production-like environment, thereby ensuring that the code is deployed to the production environment.

This puts away any chance of complexities that arise due to misunderstandings and miscommunication between the two teams, thereby accelerating the entire production process. This allows the best UI UX design services to cut down release time so that the app can reach the audience faster, and you can stay ahead of your competitors.

Automated and reliable processes

With DevOps, you have access to various tools and principles that can help you develop apps through automated and reliable processes. This makes way for a better application quality as your teams can thwart many drawbacks of version control, continuous planning, continuous integration, configuration testing and management, deployment, as well as continuous monitoring.

Thanks to this automation, you don’t have to worry about the chances of errors caused by time-consuming manual processes. This means that you can develop, package, and deploy an app with increased ease, accuracy, and reliability.

Improved team collaboration

Last but not least, DevOps leads to improved team collaboration between development and operations. Initially, these two teams worked separately on their specific tasks, which was not very efficient or productive. Now, thanks to DevOps, both of these teams understand the other’s workflow and processes better, thereby enabling a culture of collaboration and increased efficiency within the app design agency.

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