Single Page Applications (SPAs).

When it comes down to choosing an application for your business, you evaluate each option and then select the one suiting best. To make the informed decision, there is also a necessity to have a clear insight into your business — its aspects and goals. After thorough analysis, it’s time to decide in favor of one of only two options: whether to adopt a single page application (SPA) or a multi-page application. Currently more and more business owners are inclined to select SPAs due to their modern nature and user-friendliness..

Essence of a Single Page Application (SPA)

Single page applications or SPAs can be determined as web applications or websites that consist only of one single HTML page. They connect to the server only once, then download and renew data dynamically. This peculiarity allows users not to refresh the page over and over again to see the updated content. There are dozens of examples of single page applications that we use regularly. Services like Gmail, Netflix, Google Docs, Airbnb are all SPAs and utilized by millions of users daily across the world.

Statistics shows that website loading time is directly proportional to the bounce rate, when a user closes the page before the content is shown. For instance, if waiting time grows from 1 second to 5, the bounce rate increases by 90%.

A single page application can be a reasonable solution for MVP development. It allows the creation of an easy-to-navigate and responsive interface, which can be downloaded in a blink of an eye. Moreover, this solution does not require significant investments and a huge period of time for its development.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Vast numbers of employees now work remotely, and it’s too late to develop a set of remote-work policies ifWe all use smartphones, laptops, and the Internet every day. Let’s consider several simple examples from our daily life. Need to check the route not to get stuck in traffic? We check it on our device connected to the Internet. Want to turn off the light at home but don’t want to enter each room and hit light switches? No problem, with the Smart Home technology we can easily do it using our phone and application installed on our device. Various technologies have now become very widely used, so now we don’t even notice that when we want to do or check something, our hands reach our devices unintentionally.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it works

IoT – is a new stage of the Internet development, when there are more things connected to the Internet than people. It unites devices into a computer network and allows them to collect, analyze, process and transfer data to other objects via software, applications or technical devices. So in general we can call IoT a network of networks, where people may interact with devices, and devices may interact one with another, respond to changes of the environment, and make decisions without human intervention. Although humans may configure or provide access to data, IoT devices operate independently. IoT systems operate in a real-time mode and normally consist of the network of smart devices and cloud platforms, to which they are connected via WiFi, Bluetooth or other connection type.

Why is IoT beneficial for business and in which spheres it’s applied

The Internet of Things is nowadays used in various spheres of business for several pretty significant reasons. Implementation of IoT facilitates processes automation and efforts reduction, which lead to productivity increase with reduced expenses.

UX Design Is One Of The Most Rapidly Developing

If you want to build a mobile or a web application and proceed with its successful launch, it’s vitally necessary to take in account a wide range of aspects and look at them through the prism of business and of course users. We all fully understand that success of an application depends on its functionality and use it may bring to them. And indeed, the aspect of functionality seems to be crucial and is always considered as priority, while design mostly takes a back seat. Further on, let’s speak about the UX/UI design, why it’s worth paying attention to no less than to the technical side of the question.

First Impression Makes the Difference

An application may have a great functionality with an extensive set of beneficial features, but it is offset by the low-quality UI/UX design, and you will lose your potential user with a high probability. And even in case you correct an error and make improvements to the design, the chance of attracting this user back is not that high due to the initially bad user experience.

So, what should we keep in mind to avoid the failure? If the UI/UX design of the web or mobile application leaves much to be desired, the probability that a user would linger at the app is negligible due to the first impression that already can’t be changed. So, if you want to keep your potential user’s attention a little longer and prevent his/her premature leaving of the application, it’s necessary to come about UI/UX with all seriousness.

UI & UX Design. What’s the Difference?

Well, let’s take a closer look at both these notions. First of all, it must be pointed out that they should be considered separately, since they are completely different. But at the same time both elements have fundamental importance for the end product and one cannot exist without another.

Let’s start from UX design (user experience). This notion includes the process of user’s problem detection and further solution, in order to increase his/her satisfaction and facilitate better interaction between a user and an application. Usability improvement, ease of use and user’s satisfaction from the interaction with an application determine the quality level of the product along with its relevance.

And what about UI design (user interface)? Quite often UI design is mixed up with a graphic design, which is definitely not correct. UI is a complicated structure which transfers the product development from the layout to the attractive and understandable experience for users. UI is an art which focuses on a variety of elements of the product interface that make it attractive, such as colors, button style, graphic, animation, widgets and many others. Main responsibility of UI designer is the visual user’s perception of the end product.

Technology in Education

Each day the world around us looks more and more like a picture from a science-fiction book. Smart speakers connected to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant services can offer weather reports, tell the latest news, or play a song that better fits your mood. Self-driving cars technology is reaching an incredible level of development. Unfortunately, one of the most desirable sci-fi artifacts, the technology allowing to load knowledge into the brain instantly, is still unreachable. The educational process still takes years and years to be completed. But thanks to technology, we can reach incredible educational efficiency, the level of which was unattainable a few decades ago.

Technology in Education Helps to Keep Kids Engaged

First and foremost, we must admit that kids and adolescents are engaging with technologies constantly nowadays. The generation of technological learners will face zero difficulties with new programs in education. Moreover, you can make the process more personalized by allowing kids to learn using their own devices for accessing materials.

The implementation of properly designed eLearning software can reduce the time required to learn a particular subject by 20%-60%. 

The use of digital devices will make lessons less boring for kids and allow them to stay focus and learn faster. In education, the use of different kinds of technology gives you more grasp of knowledge and experience.

Technology Helps to Overcome Borders in Education

Another distinctive feature of modern technology is the possibility to make data accessible from anywhere. Many universities and schools are ready to provide courses that can be accessed by users from remote areas or overseas. To communicate with students, teachers can use available free-to-use application such as Skype or other video conferencing tools. But the implementation of functionality required for the provision of educational services, students invoicing, staff management, knowledge assessment, and other important tasks require the involvement of more advanced software.

As an example of a web-based application designed according to the particular needs of an educational organization. This technology allows users from different countries to manage, book, and pay for courses provided by an educational institution. Any student that has trouble finding time to meet with representatives and fill required papers due to such reasons as for physical condition or residence in another country.

Using it, a user can order and pay for classes of their choice online. Also, for the students with special needs, there’s the possibility to hire a tutor specializing in certain types of learning disabilities.

Front-End Development

There is never a second chance to make a first impression. It is not a big deal to attract a user to your webpage, but to make him/her linger and commit actions on it is already an art. According to the statistics it takes approximately 0.05 seconds for a user to form the opinion considering the website and make a decision: whether to leave it immediately, or to stay for a while. To catch the attention of the potential user and maintain his/her interest, your website is expected to have an attractive design along with the clear and easy-to-navigate interface. This can be achieved if you pay due attention to the visual representation of the web application, its client-side component front-end.

Why Is Front-End Important?

First Impression Means Much

At the moment a user follows the link to check your website he/she does not know what exactly is expecting him/her there. If the visual representation of the application leaves a lot to be desired, the chance that a customer would linger for a while and proceed with some actions is miserable.

Even if you acknowledge your previous mistakes and concentrate all your engines on their correction, this disappointed user will be lost for you irrevocably. Always remember that you will not have another chance to make a good impression and do your best to ensure a good user experience from the very beginning.

It’s Your Brand Image

Whether a good or bad interface, it is important to have a solid understanding that it is not only the visual representation of your application, but also your brand image. Poor design, convoluted and overloaded interface entail bad user experience. And the potential customer forms the opinion of your company on the basis of the impressions he/she has gained after your website visit. In case your application fails to win the space in the user’s heart due to poorly designed visual components, there is no chance to hope for the loyalty and trust of the potential customer. Therefore, if you have ambitious plans considering the future of your application and the brand in general, paying due attention to front-end development should be your priority.

You are Interested in Customer Retention
Drawing potential customers’ attention is indeed a definite success and is already half the battle. Another half performs a certain challenge to motivate a user to use your application on a regular basis.
To make this plan come true, you need to show your competitiveness, and this mission can not be done without appropriate front-end development. Its main components are represented by:
Loading Speed. There is nothing pleasant if a web page is downloaded for ages. This only annoys the user and facilitates his/her premature page closure. To prevent this from happening, your application should be downloaded in a blink of an eye.
Compatibility with Different Types of Browsers and Devices. Preferences may vary from user to user. There is no universal device or browser that is used by everyone without any exceptions. This point should be kept in mind if your aim is to acquire and retain customers regardless of their preferences, be it Chrome, Safari, Opera etc. launched on a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop.

You Need Your Users’ Trust
The trust to your application may be lost easily and irrevocably if you do not care about the front-end part. If a website does not function properly, fails to deliver and any action taken ends up with the errors, such application behavior will pull your users away, with no guarantee that they come back again after you fix all the malfunctions. Nobody enjoys waiting in our fast-paced world. That is why if you intend to conquer the trust and loyalty of your users, ensure the proper functioning of your application before it goes live. Such an approach will save you money, strengths and reputation.