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Making Rich Web Application Architecture Usable with Xicom

Software designers have become notorious for concentrating on implementation patterns and neglecting the user. It is easy to get lost in grand concepts at an abstract level and get excited over stuff that makes your work as a developer easier; thus, the needs and desires of the “real” users may sometimes take a back seat. Identifying the usability constraints and designing within them keeps the focus on the user.

Usability Constraints

Users have certain basic likes and dislikes with various types of interaction. They are valid not only with human-computer interactions, but also in real life. Removing what users don’t like and concentrating what they do like is the first step towards improved user satisfaction.

A Usable Architecture

Even though we have decades of experience in software development, we have yet to solve the mysteries of software complexity. In order to develop usable rich Internet applications, it is necessary that the development process be as simple as possible, without neglecting any of the above usability constraints.

Patterns make it easier for the architect by providing them a system in which to store the lessons they’ve learnt. Most software patterns help the designer to cognitively grasp the problems encountered by others, and side-step them. A pattern that reduces complexity for the programmer without allowing them to lose track of the user will benefit the application designer.

To design a complex structure, one powerful technique is to discover viable ways of dissecting it into semi-independent components that correspond to its many functional parts. The design of each part can then be carried out with some degree of independence — as each will affect the others largely through its functionality — and independent of the details of the mechanisms that accomplish the function.

The complexity of the application is reduced when it’s split into less dependent pieces. This separation into manageable parts will also make the application capable of evolution, rather than revolution, as this approach allows easy and small changes to be made.

The question now is: how do we split a rich Internet application so that designing under the above usability constraints becomes simpler? Dividing the application into pages and navigation will help. Each page is composed of data, components, logic, and presentation. The pages are encapsulated in the navigation shell, which again has data, components, logic and presentation.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

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Outsourced Web Development Services

There is a great need for web development services, and because of the incredibly high demand, organizations are now looking for a good and efficient outsourcing company, which would be able to yield great results quickly.

Businesses and even individuals are looking for service providers that have a lot of experience in the field, which would be able to use that experience in developing a variety of effective web solutions.

Outsourcing service providers offer different services such as the designing and the development of websites, as well as software and e-commerce development. One big advantage for choosing to outsource your web development needs is you would be able to get the assistance of expert engineers to get good results while sitting in your office.

Compare that convenience to having to hunt down a good web developer, making you waste a lot of your precious time. Instead of wasting looking for someone to do it, you could get the services of an outsourced web development company to get the best results. You need not worry about other issues such as legal fees, payroll, IT infrastructure, office leases and legal compliance.

Other great advantages are:

1. You will be able to save money on the expenses incurred with applications development.

2. There are less business risks.

3. You can avoid long-term investments.

4. You get the benefit of the best techniques used by a professional web development company.

5. There is a quick return of your investment.

6. You get the services of a team of experts who are dedicated to provide you with the highest level of security and confidence.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

Methodology and Framework for Web Applications

Unit Testing Framework.
The main benefit of structured, modular programming in any language is that the MVC components are strictly self contained and that they can be cleanly taken from any of their mother project and worked for other projects on its own

Designing the Interface of Your class
It is said that the most important part of Your object hierarchy is the interface and the less important is its implementation.ForExample: Let us assume that You are designing a yser class; For designing a user class You would first think about is a username, first name, last name, and encrypted password properties. Any of the security of these users to which they belong, and know details of their last login. Figuring out the users last login can be designed and programmed in many ways. Its on You to choose the correct and simpler way for Your web application. Approaching these terms the unit-testing friendly workflow is a simple method.

Unit Testing Framework.
The main benefit of structured, modular programming in any language is that the MVC components are strictly self contained and that they can be cleanly taken from any of their mother project and worked for other projects on its own

Designing the Interface of Your class.
It is said that the most important part of Your object hierarchy is the interface and the less important is its implementation.ForExample: Let us assume that You are designing a yser class; For designing a user class You would first think about is a username, first name, last name, and encrypted password properties. Any of the security of these users to which they belong, and know details of their last login. Figuring out the users last login can be designed and programmed in many ways. Its on You to choose the correct and simpler way for Your web application. Approaching these terms the unit-testing friendly workflow is a simple method.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

Role of Web Application Development

Web applications serve as the smart business to business communication medium. The applications are ideally designed by a web application development company , and the best thing about such applications is that can be easily run on secured networks. Still further, web applications are easy to implement and even easier to use.

With the growing popularity of Internet, web application development is also growing popular. Many of the web application development companies are offering application solutions to the small, medium and large enterprises, and developing customized applications for their use. Like software model, the web application model also follows a three tier approach, namely, User Services, Business Services and Data Services. It is the result of this web application model that bifurcates into Consumers Network and Services Suppliers.

The User Services tier creates a smart gateway for the potential consumers to interact directly with applications range from Web scripting in ASP/PHP/JSP to server side programming such as TCL, CORBA and PERL. The Business Services tier provides business logic to the user services. The Data Services tier on the other hand helps in storing, retrieving and updating the information on higher levels.

When you hire any web application development company, it begins by discussing the nature and the direction of the project. Once the company is clear on these two fronts, it devises a plan and strategy to develop the application. And once the application gets over, the role of software testing comes into play. It is only after these processes get over that a web based application is implemented for the final use. A round the clock technical support is also provided for ensuring stability.

A web application development company thereby provides proactive web based solutions, and most importantly, they also bring the advanced technologies work for the benefits of online business.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

What is Web Application Development?

Web application development is performed by specialized programmers, who are familiar with the coding necessary for the creation of Web pages, including HTML, XML, Flash, Perl, CSS, PHP, JSP, ASP, and others. Each of these has a specific function and creates varied results. To varying degrees, programmers are proficient in one or more of these languages. Web application development can be varied or specific, depending on the needs of the Web pages involved.

One factor of Web application development that may not be evident to the casual observer is the number of revisions that such applications routinely involve. The World Wide Web is not a strictly controlled environment. People surf the Web using only one or a few of a large handful of methods, primarily browsers. Each Web browser is slightly different and shows Web pages in slightly different ways. Some are friendlier to certain Web languages than others, and so Web application development can be quite specialized.

A Web programmer must keep this variability in mind when designing Web pages. Some browsers are certainly more prevalent than others, and many programmers focus on such markets exclusively, figuring that their time will be well spent because their target audience is the majority anyway; however, especially with consumer-based websites, you never know where your next high-paying customer is going to come from and what browser he or she will use to try to view your Web page. Many practitioners of Web application development design pages using open source code or keep things simple in order to maximize the pages’ exposure.

One of the most basic types of Web application development involves e-commerce sites. This is the kind of website you see when you shop online. Designers of these sites must anticipate all kinds of unusual customer behavior, as well as heavy traffic, while keeping the server and “shopping cart” up and running.

The ease of online shopping has created an “always-on” environment in which people can shop at all times of the day and night, wherever they are. E-commerce sites must be available to accept orders and money no matter what time it is at corporate headquarters. Web application development can lend itself specifically to e-commerce site creation, but the programmer would do well to keep the 24/7 mentality of potential customers in mind.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

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Successful Web Development Methodologies

Commercial Web development has been around for more than 10 years. As an industry, this one’s still fairly young when you consider others that have been around for centuries. But relative youth as an industry is no excuse for not doing better.

Consider the number of sites that are rebuilt for clients every day, and you’ll likely agree that there’s still much poor quality work being done, which affects us all: it means that clients are more wary and less trustful of Web developers. Anything that tarnishes our industry can tarnish all of us individually.

Having tried, trusted and standardised approach to Web development would go a long way to helping avoid the mistakes we all see over and over again. We need a Web methodology. However, finding a methodology that seems suited to Web development is not easy; making it work in the real world is even harder.

As the Development Manager for a team of 20, in the heady dotcom days, this was exactly the dilemma I faced. This article explores the issues that arose from our lack of a decent methodology, and how we as a team tried to resolve them. The result was the successful adaptation of an existing methodology for Web development.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

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The Web Application Model

The Web application model, like many software development models, is constructed upon 3 tiers: User Services, Business Services and Data Services. This model breaks an application into a network of consumers and suppliers of services.

The User Service tier creates a visual gateway for the consumer to interact with the application. This can range from basic HTML and DHTML to complex COM components and Java applets.

The user services then grab business logic and procedures from the Business Services. This tier can range from Web scripting in ASP/PHP/JSP to server side programming such as TCL, CORBA and PERL, that allows the user to perform complex actions through a Web interface.

The final tier is the Data Service layer. Data services store, retrieve and update information at a high level. Databases, file systems, and writable media are all examples of Data storage and retrieval devices. For Web applications, however, databases are most practical. Databases allow developers to store, retrieve, add to, and update categorical information in a systematic and organized fashion.

Choosing the Right Project

Choosing the right types of projects to work on is an extremely important part of the Web application development plan.

Assessing your resources, technical skills, and publishing capabilities should be your first goal. Taking the 3 tiers into consideration, devise a list of all available resources that can be categorically assigned to each tier.

The next consideration should be the cost. Do you have a budget with which to complete this project? How much will it cost you to design, develop and deliver a complete project with a fair amount of success? These are questions that should be answered before you sign any deals or contracts.

After assessing all your resources, you and your team come to a conclusion that the company is unable to do data backups on a daily basis. After further discussion, you realize that this is a very important part of the setup for your client, and you should not risk taking a chance with the project. It’s very likely that you will be more prepared next time around, when a similar project lands on your desk, so you decline the job and recommend someone else who has the capabilities to do it right now.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

.Net Dynamic Web Portal Development

Dynamic websites / portals have gained importance over the static ones. But did you know that for designing and developing dynamic websites or web portal cutting edge technologies is used. The popular is .NET.

.NET is basically software, which helps in connecting people, information, systems and devices. It is a blend of technologies, standards and various development tools. The Windows 2000 and XP completely support .NET. They help in integrating software available to the user.

In the world of Internet, .Net has gained popularity. This technology helps the e commerce business owner in focusing more on business logic. .NET makes it easier to develop dynamic web portals. It is widely to build, organize and direct secure, vigorous and high performing applications. Some of the advantages of .NET dynamic web portal are:

• Simple to communicate between applications
• One can upgrade the applications to use existing services again
• Easier to distribute information to more customers
• Quick development of application

Due to these features many web portals are developed using .NET. One can easily develop an interested advanced website. If you don’t believe this then visit sites like MSN, Rediff, Yahoo, etc. There sites will give visitors advanced convenient options, which are really helpful to them. Easily one can add new features like shopping cart, online ticket / hotel reservation facility without doing much. If you want the portal developed by using .NET should be useful to many then with help of ASP.NET you can easily do so. With the help of ASP.NET programmers can easily develop the multilingual application in less time. Hence if you are planning for a website or want to convert your static website into a dynamic one, just hire a developer who has the knowledge of ASP.NET. Surely they will take care of your needs.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

Strategies Of Custom Web Application Development Services

Website application development consists of a software and web application that empower web user to solve their business problems online. We can say that web applications are business policies and strategies implemented on the web according the need of User, Business and Data Services. As internet plays a vital role in our life, so there is regular increment in the number of investors who are interested in its development.

Web development can include web design, e-commerce business development, web content development, client-side or server-side coding and web server configuration.
There is also custom web application development that can bring many benefits to the business. Custom web application development offers designing and management aspects of their transformation according to the demand of e-business.

For web application development there are specialized programmers who are specialized in the coding necessary for the development of Web pages like HTML, DHTML, XML, .Net, CSS, PHP and others. The development of web application depends on the need of the web pages that it can be varied or specific.

Most of the Web application model is constructed upon 3 tiers – Data Services, Business Services and User Services. In data services there is database where we store, retrieve and update information. File system and Writeable media are examples of data storage. The second level is Business Service in which we perform all logical activities. It allows users to perform complex actions. This tier can include web scripting as well as server side programming. The third tier is User Services in which there is a creation of visual gateway for the user so that he interacts with the application.

There are many web development companies that are providing custom web application development solutions. They can develop a custom web application quickly by using latest web technologies. Their work is based on quality sales, customer and technical support services.

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

Advantages of Outsourcing Web Development Services in India

Website development has come a long way since the first seed of web development initiative was sown. Thanks to the grit shown by the web development professionals who have tested and tried all types web development platforms during the last few years or so. Starting with basic web development platform like HTML, we now have advanced tools like Flash, PHP, .Net, Drupal! framework for different web development requirements. What was impossible until a few years back, now can be availed everywhere across the globe and interestingly all under one’s budget. Affordable web development has become a specialty of most of the web development firms today. Many people heavily rely on the web for finding out the affordable web developers who can work efficiently on their projects. The internet is full of information about the most reputed and trusted web development firms those extend their web development solutions for all types and sizes of clients. No matter what your business specialty is, you can now easily avail the best of service despite the nature of your business.

Web software development needs very careful attention thoroughly. Web site and software development professional understand the need of having an efficient and result-giving software unlike no other do. Therefore, they put their best efforts so as to create the smartest web software applications and development programs.

If you are confused about where to proceed and whom to approach for a reliable web development solution, then web development India can be your perfect destination. As a rich software and web development nation, India has done a tremendous job for all sorts of projects. Also, the India outsourced firms have shown immense possibilities in the segment. For custom web development requirements also, there are no affordable and established alternatives to the India based software development firms. Not only the India based developers offer the complete value for your money invested, they also breeze a relationship beyond that professional angle. Just having your trust on one of the reputed names, you can also approach towards ensuring the ‘best’ for your site, your business! All you need to do is to think smart, choose smarter!

Xicom provides a broad range of web development services and application development services to help you harness the power of technology, consulting and maximize your online business investment.

Visit us at www.xicom.biz to learn more about our company, services and capabilities.

Xicom Technologies Ltd.

Founded in the year 2002, Xicom is a ISO 9001:2008 certified software development company with a strong team of 300+ highly skilled IT experts, catering result-oriented and cost-competitive solutions to SME's across the world.