Web development: HTML5 puts Flash on the sidelines

Flash is an unpopular tool for good reason — security gaps, programming errors, and stability problems are rampant. Has any software been the focus of such heated security debates more often than Adobe’s multimedia solution? For years, Flash was the quasi-standard for all online animations but the Flash-era is almost at an end. Since version 5, HTML has offered native multimedia functions,...

The new HTML5.1 updates

In fall 2014, the long-awaited HTML5 arrived after 15 years of development. Now, the first update to the new web standard is also available: HTML5.1. Programers will find a number of changes with this updated version. There is a strong focus on adaptations for responsive web design. In addition to the vast array of new HTML5.1 features, many elements and attributes have been given the push.

Client-side scripting vs. server-side scripting: a comparison

[Teaser] Scripting languages play a vital role in developing web projects with dynamic elements. Scripts are a fundamental component for breathing life into static HTML, using movement and interactive elements. This can be executed and interpreted from either the web server (i.e. server-side script) or from the browser (client-side script). But what exactly are the differences between server-side...

Google Play ranking: create your own app, part 6.1

After publishing an app on the Google Play Store, you’ll need to focus on improving the ranking of your application in the app store’s search results. Applications that receive prominent placing in these search results are likely to receive more user attention – and this usually leads to higher download figures. There are certain specialist strategies that can help your app to place more highly on...

Create your own app – Part 5.2: Upload an iOS app to the App Store

Once you have finished the development and test phases of your native mobile app, you can finally publish it in the App Store. If you want to submit and distribute an iOS app in the App Store, first you’ll have to register with the Apple Developer platform and provide various details and settings. So how exactly does one publish an app in Apple’s store?

Create your own app – Part 5.1: Upload an android app to Google Play

If you want to upload an app to the Google Play Store and are close to achieving that goal – your Android application is ready in the release version, and now set to find its way onto as many mobile devices as possible – there are still a few small steps left. Submitting an app to Google’s official app store may take some time. Among other things, you will also need to create accounts with various...

MooTools: the compact JavaScript framework

No programming language has made its mark quite like JavaScript. Developed in 1995 as a Java alternative for the netscape browser, you would be hard pushed to find a web application that doesn’t use this universal scripting language. However, critics rightly express concerns over the fact that JavaScript lacks a class system and the language is more unstructured than it should be. The MooTools...

Symfony: changeable PHP framework with strong community

Over 30 independent components, long-term support for four years, and over 500 million downloads: the PHP framework Symfony is undoubtedly one of the most successful component collections of this popular script language. But what exactly is this project created by the French company SensioLabs? And which types of web applications can benefit from using this web application framework?

Ruby on rails: the MVC framework for complex web applications

Frameworks tremendously simplify web application development. Fundamental architectures, predefined paradigms, and integrated libraries create the perfect platform on which your planned app can be built. One name that’s often mentioned hand-in-hand with web applications frameworks is Ruby on Rails. Based on the script language Ruby, this web framework has attracted many fans through its clean, and...

CRUD: the basis for data management

It won’t take long for those looking to get into to software development to encounter the term CRUD. The acronym stands for the typical operations used for communicating with database systems; these normally form the basis of database management. But just how are these access functions for data management actually set up? And how much of role does CRUD play when it comes to the databases’...