Custom software application development has caught the pace to cater to the end users’ expectations of much more responsive applications than the traditional ones. In response to the proliferation of other frameworks used to create rich internet applications (RIAs) such as Flex from Adobe and AJAX-based frameworks, Microsoft has recently introduced Silverlight. With all these and many others in the market, web developers are enabled to create a web-page interface that’s much more robust than traditional HTML-based pages once were. Going beyond the limits of HTTP/HTML, these technologies use proprietary rendering engines running within the browser and XML as the major language to communicate with servers. Microsoft’s entry into the action ground of RIAs represents the company’s desire to create its own technology version that extends the reach of their .NET framework.
The prominent and massively growing body of software web app development organizations has seemingly adopted a structured software development process that systematically approaches to a variety of tasks or activities taking place during it. Software process or software development life cycle as you may call it, the success of software largely depends on the way it is implemented.
The typical phases of software life cycle are analyzing and planning; implementation; testing and documenting; deployment; and maintenance. Also, several models exist to streamline the process of development, such as waterfall model, spiral model, agile development, and so forth. However, open source software technologies have evolved not to religiously comply with the old, established development models. These are the software products whose source code is publicly available and their study, development, change, and improvement is under an open source license. The examples of popular open source software products are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. In open source software development, requirements are rarely gathered before the project beginning; instead, they are based on the early releases of the software. Also, because in the methodology of traditional models, like waterfall model, it is not allowed to go back to a previous phase, it is hard to run an open source project following them. Agile processes where feedback is used, rather than planning, as primary control mechanism are in essence applicable to open source software development as they are of an iterative and incremental character. The feedback is driven by regular tests and releases of the evolving software, and this gives the needed flexibility to the open source development.
Software web app development, the participants must be clear in their approach so that the developed applications turn out to be satisfactory usable products. A web development company must be chosen with great care, looking at their experience of developing efficient software products or rich internet applications for the end users. Failing to do so may end up in exceeding costs over the project or even problematic software.
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