eCommerce sites were quite rare back in the day. They aren’t uncommon anymore now. Along with that, there has been an exponential increase in eCommerce platforms; both paid and free. We have also seen a rise in demand for open source development services over the past couple of years.
The lightweight ASP.NET Core MVC framework, immediately after its release, had a big impact on the software development industry. The framework is optimized for ASP.NET Core making it a very handy tool when it comes to the development of dynamic, new generation web applications.
Touted as one of the most widely used of all Microsoft technologies alongside Azure, ASP.NET is the source of some of the greatest websites present on the internet. With ASP.NET Core MVC, the potential of the technology only grows.
In this blog, we will be exploring some of the most essential features of the ASP.NET Core MVC which makes it an ideal choice for developing modern web applications.
The Model Binding feature of the framework converts client request data into objects that are in turn controlled by the Controller.
In addition to Model Binding, the ASP.NET Core MVC framework also aids with the model validation process. The framework can decorate model object by using data annotation validation attributes. Before the values are posted on to the server, the backend checks the validation attributes.
The MVC framework was developed at the top of ASP.NET Core’s routing, which turned out to be a great feature of the framework. In a nutshell, the routing feature is a URL-based mapping component that aids with the development of URLs that can be both searched and understood. This feature allows defining a URL’s naming pattern so that it’s SEO friendly and complements link generation.
In technical terms, this feature is what enables the controllers of the framework to follow the Explicit Dependencies Principle once the controllers request the needed services with the help of constructors.
The framework also comes with ‘Filters’ that can compress issues such as authorization and exception handling. Filters can also be useful to run pre as well as post customized processing logic for action methods. In addition, filters can also act as attributes when implemented to controllers.
This feature helps in dividing large ASP.NET MVC app into smaller groupings that are functional. The area can be defined, within the application, as an MVC structure.
All of these features and a number of others collectively grant an array of benefits not only to product owners but also to developers as well.
- With ASP.NET Core MVC framework, developers can easily build robust cross-platform applications for popular operating systems such as Windows, macOS and Linux.
- The aforementioned features also maintain modularity thus simplifying coding.
- The framework’s architecture itself allows developers to build cloud-ready applications that can be deployed on the cloud without issues.
By offering a series of advantages, ASP.NET Core MVC is all set to transform the ASP.NET Development Services sector once more while retaining its ranks among the greatest application development technologies the world has ever known. Thanks to Microsoft’s consistent efforts to keep improving ASP.NET Core, this technology is not going to be outdated any time soon.
The popularity of a programming language is not just defined by how big its community is or how many developers adopted it. Its overall presence in projects, the number of projects that demand specific knowledge of a language, the software development needs etc. all factor in to make a programming language popular. In this blog, we will be exploring 5 popular programming languages that have made their mark across companies providing open source development services.
But before we begin, here’s a brief definition of an open source programming language.
To be termed ‘open source’, a programming language needs to meet certain requirements.
- The open source code should be accessible regardless of the location
- There should not be any product-specific license or limitations
- Free distribution without any limitations on areas of application
That said, here are 5 great programming languages that match the criteria above and are preferred by almost every leading software development company across the globe.
PHP is one of the oldest web-based programming languages in the world having been around since right after the web revolution. It became an instant winner with an easy-to-learn syntax making it a great option for small and medium-sized projects. A big chunk of almost all websites is driven by PHP frameworks.
Each new version of the language far surpasses its predecessors when it comes to web and stand-alone application development. PHP is also popular for its CodeIgniter and Laravel frameworks and its CMS solutions such as WordPress, Drupal, Magento, OpenCart etc. The language is backed by a large, thriving community full of developers and open source enthusiasts.
Ruby is a rival to Python when it comes to simplicity but is known to be more elegant than its arguably more popular rival. The syntax of Ruby is such that even one line of code can do a number of actions. The open source language is also known for easy maintenance and its support for big programming paradigms such as OOP. Its most popular framework is Rails.
Go, also known as Golang, is the youngest language in this list and was designed to make C obsolete. The biggest benefit of this promising language is its performance. Despite being as simple as C, Go has no OOP at all. With a multithreading core, Go is also highly scalable. Its only demerit is a relatively smaller community. However, the community is slowly growing bigger as Go turns more heads each year. Its most popular frameworks include Gin, Echo, and Beego.
Many companies offering both application development and application management services rely on open source tools and technologies for cost savings without compromising on the quality of their services. The languages mentioned in this blog are generally the most preferred among such companies and startups. Despite changing tides due to technological advancements, all 5 of these languages still retain their ranks as reliable assets to develop trendy, robust digital solutions.
When it comes to leveraging an enterprise solution that can benefit a business in more ways than one, one shouldn’t overlook the importance of software testing. There are several things to take into account before choosing a software testing company that you think is right for your business. The key to all this is your own quality assurance needs. Depending on those needs, your requirements from a software testing service varies.
Before signing a contract with a potential software testing partner, here are a few questions you should find answers to.
Does your potential software testing partner have a good reputation?
Reputation is not necessarily the most important aspect to consider. But a company with a bad reputation certainly doesn’t fit the profile of an ideal partner. It’s a good idea to look up your potential software testing partner on Google Reviews and their social media pages.
Reputation alone doesn’t say a lot about the quality of a company’s service. Looking up recent news articles on the company can shed some light on the company’s service quality.
Does the service’s price tag match its quality?
A preliminary research on the company’s reputation should also give an idea on their service quality and how most companies charge their software testing services. The next step is to check the pricing of your chosen candidates and see if their price tags match the quality expected from them. If any of them are charging more than what you would expect for their level of service quality or if the price exceeds your budget, you can cross them off your list.
However, almost every leading IT and Application management services company offering development and testing services would have slightly bigger price tags on their services mostly owing to their success streak and trusted reliability.
Then there are some companies offering services with suspiciously low prices. Chances are they could be either outsourcing testing services or cutting corners. To avoid such companies, it’s best to look into the technical capabilities of the potential candidates.
How qualified are your testers?
Looking into the qualifications of the people who will be doing the testing for you is also something you should not neglect. You need to make sure they aren’t just generalists who know their way around IT services. They should be specialists with experience when it comes to testing enterprise-grade software. It’s a good idea to speak directly with the testing team and get a measure of how professional they are when undertaking testing projects.
Can the candidate company integrate with your tools and technology?
This step ensures that the software testing company you are thinking of hiring is familiar with your existing quality assurance practices, and that they can integrate well with the technology you are already using.
Choosing the right company for testing is a challenge in itself. With software testing being just as important as software development today, businesses shouldn’t shy out of researching their potential partners thoroughly before signing the partnership contract.
The Android app development industry is one among the many big industries that are rapidly transforming themselves owing to the growing dominance of Artificial Intelligence. Google’s recent announcements point to the fact that their services, and potentially various other mobile technologies, will heavily rely on AI to offer exemplary user experience.
Here are a few facts that highlight how Google is embracing the increasing influence of AI.
- The Google Duplex, announced during Google I/O 2018, is an AI-based technology that allows one to call businesses or book appointments via a ‘smart’ virtual assistant.
- Android Q is designed to offer impressive AI, ML, AR experiences especially in Pixel devices.
Now many companies offering enterprise application services are willing to invest in imbuing AI capabilities into their mobile apps. With Google seemingly doing the same, it’s no surprise that Android app development will also have a renewed focus on AI-fueled capabilities.
That said, let’s check out a few great AI features that next-gen Android apps will very likely possess.
The feature was first seen during the Google I/O 2018 as something that has apparently made Gmail ‘smarter’. The feature utilizes a combination of both AI and ML to generate smarter responses for users during conversations or when sending mails. The Smart Reply feature can be used on social media apps, chat apps, business support forums etc.
Personalization with AI
Netflix is what it is today not just because of its massive library but also because it caters to the specific interests of each of its subscribers. The app brings videos to a user based on his/her interests and watchlist history. Netflix does this with the help of an AI-driven predictive analytics system, similar to how Amazon does it – recommend products that may be of interest to users.
Personalization significantly improves customer experience which is why every growing mobile app development company should add AI-based personalization feature in their apps.
Artificial Intelligence augmented voice recognition technologies in more ways than one leading to the birth of Speech Recognition. Now apps feature powerful speech recognition technology that can accurately decode human speech into a language understood by a computer. Businesses can leverage this technology in their Android apps enabling their users to sign up for services and fill up forms with speech alone. The feature can also come in handy when the app is meant to perform various business operations as per the user’s instructions.
Apps with landmark detection capabilities are capable of identifying landmarks in an image if any. The feature is powered by Artificial Intelligence, and is primarily considered for apps offering services associated with travel and tourism.
AI-based Face recognition is much smarter than the previous versions of face recognition technology we are familiar with. AI-based face recognition is more accurate and has been embraced by popular websites such as Lenskart.com and Ditto.com to scan visitors’ faces and display how the faces would look with a chosen eyewear on them. The face recognition feature can be useful in enterprise mobile applications for employees of an organization and government applications to bolster security.
Parallel to technological advancements, customer needs are also changing. Mobile users demand better services at the shortest periods of time. This is why businesses are forced to upgrade themselves to cater to their customers and entice potential customers better than they used to.
For businesses investing in Android apps, embracing and leveraging powerful technologies is a necessity. That said, it’s obvious that the influence of AI in mobile apps will be growing even more in the coming years.