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Avoiding Common Mistakes in Web Application Development

There are different paths that a developer can take when developing a web application. The first steps entail the choosing of the web hosting platform and the data storage to use. After that, they choose the programming language. They include HTML, JavaScript, and CSS among others. However, whichever the path they take, developers are susceptible to making mistakes.

Technology has been around for a long time now. The languages used for programming have been evolving over the period. Therefore, any programming language has different versions. Earlier versions have fewer options compared to the recent. They may also not support some aspects. The same applies to the platforms and web browsers where they run. An application developed using an earlier version of a programming language may not run well in recent web browsers. Most users will tend to use the latest browsers. Therefore, you should develop an app that enables them to enjoy the benefits of recent technological advancements. For example, in HTML it is important that the developer is conversant with the latest markup options.

Pages are an important part of web apps. They allow the developer to arrange information in a way that is meaningful to the user. The content of a page can be useful, but if the user cannot find them, they are of no value. It is a mistake that most developers make. It makes the pages not to be discovered through search engines. They can avoid this from happening by using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and in HTML it should support accessibility.

Refreshing is an important operation for pages in the web application. Refreshing allows the page to update the information it is displaying. These are in instances where the information it is showing changes with time. However, some developers create tables that refresh too often. It would have an adverse impact on the loading time of the respective page. Users will find that using the web app there will be a lack of fluidity. One way of avoiding this is enabling the client side script in case the operation does not depend on the resources of the server.

Most the apps have to collect data from the user. Developers make a mistake of assuming that the users will be honest when entering data into the application’s forms. It is critical that developers keep in mind the philosophy that all users are evil. Users may enter incorrect information into the app either intentionally or not. The wrong data will lead to errors which will affect the performance of an app. For example, one entering their phone number in a text box where the app requires them to input their address. One way they can avoid this mistake is incorporating data validation techniques into the app. Data validation will ensure that the information entered by the user is correct and it matches with the underlying data structure.