One Big Way Mobility is Changing the Web
Back in the days before the mobile application developer was the most important person at the local software firm, there were legions of web developers who labored over HTML and server-side scripting to create static web pages filled with text-based content and graphics. Then along came the smartphone.
The smartphone has done for website design what DVD and Blu-ray technology did for the film industry’s special effects. It has forced web developers to rethink how they put content on the internet. And as we have watched the evolution of smartphone technology, it has become quite apparent that mobility is now in the driver’s seat.
If there are any doubts as to the supremacy of mobile computing in web development, one need look no further than the new push to create web pages presented as single-page applications. Web developers are following behind their app developer brethren to create single-page interfaces built completely separate from their data layers. If things continue on their current course, such will be the standard of web development in the near future.
How We Got Here
Back in the early days of the smartphone, internet data was accessed through primitive mobile browsers that used the exact same websites as desktop and laptop computers. This presented a peculiar challenge that drove web developers crazy. The challenge was found in the fact that mobile screens came in various sizes and utilized different technologies that made them work.
It was nearly impossible back then to come up with a website design that would work seamlessly on any computer or mobile device. Thus, the birth of responsive websites that could adapt to virtually any mobile screen. At the point responsive websites were birthed, the door was opened to the single-page web applications now being developed in earnest. That door remains wide open.
Do you see what has happened here? Where web development was once in the driver’s seat of internet technology a decade ago, it is now in the passenger’s seat. Mobile internet use is actually driving the car. Mobility sets the rules; it determines the direction; it even decides on the eventual destination.
Erasing the Dividing Line
At iTexico, a mobile app development company in Austin, Texas, teams of developers are hard at work every day creating some of the best apps for both Android and iOS. They are intimately familiar with the single-page app concept that utilizes separate layers for data, function, and the user interface. What they know about software development is now being adopted by web developers from coast-to-coast.
Gone are the days of static web pages relying solely on basic technologies like HTML and server-side scripting. Those days have been replaced by a new internet paradigm that relies heavily on database driven websites. The database environment is perfect for replacing static web pages with single-page apps that do not require a lot of repetitive window dressing and duplicate code.
What we have is a new paradigm that is gradually erasing the dividing line between mobile friendly websites and their desktop counterparts. Increasingly more websites are being presented as one and the same. Going a step further, newer websites are not being developed as mobile friendly. Instead, mobile apps are being developed as web friendly.
This is a shift that is affecting desktop and laptop browsers as much as the apps themselves. Browsers can no longer be tools to simply display HTML and its associated technologies. They have to be containers capable of running fully functioning apps in the same way a smartphone would.
How’s that for a profound change?
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