Let's admit it: when it comes to interacting with the web, we’re all a little spoiled. We’re used to websites like Facebook, Pinterest and Evernote. We all own a smartphone with fancy-looking apps. Yet when we create web applications, we often forget our users are no different. They expect a rich interaction and a fast, dynamic user interface. Providing this kind of interaction can be crucial to your business. This is where you win or lose the hearts of your customers.
With the introduction of the HTC Dream in 2008 as the first android-based smartphone, mobile app developers were confronted with a tough choice. iOS or Android. Today there is even more variety in platform specific development platforms. From iOS and the different Google dev kits to Windows Phone Tools and everything in between. This fragmentation puts both business and developers in a difficult spot.
Web applications are powerful tools to provide new and always-accessible services to your customers and employees. Their popularity has made front-end engineering a highly dynamic and exciting playing field. Businesses, employees and customers are exposed to a lot of new web technologies, rich user interfaces and services though it’s not always easy to see how it can impact and really help your business activities.
HTML5 Introduces a variety of new possibilities for the web. One of those is the ability to make a website available offline. Adding these features to web sites bridges the gap between the native and web world. A comparison between web and native development is outside the scope of this post.
Last month, AE organized its first hackathon. For two days, seven teams worked feverishly towards the realisation of their idea. At stake was a €2000 reward for the winning team. Despite the simplicity of this concept, a hackathon is not just a game. Moreover, it proved to be an efficient way to leverage innovation, creativity and knowledge sharing.