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Mon Sep 2016
Ember Aids Drupal Web Development to Take On Mobile App Experience
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RIO is gone. Tech olympics is in. Contestants: Drupal developers and mobile app developers. MEDAL: User Experience.  Surprisingly, the web developers are taking a lead over their mobile counterparts. Root Info Solutions sees inversion of control as a differentiator.

Clearly, as of now, app has an upper hand over the Web. Over 80% of the Internet usage happens through app and users also spend a whopping 2-3 hours in apps only. The rising number of apps on app stores like Google Play also show the dominance of apps over the Web.

Consumers? Advantage: Web Vs. App

Why do people prefer apps over Web? The answer is simple. They love simplicity and spontaneity in whatever they do. Mobile apps help them save time, bypass the complexity and do a multitude of things with simple gestures (e.g. tap, swipe, pinch-and-zoom and applying varying degree of pressure) with a lightening fast speed.

Businesses? Advantage: Web Vs. App

Now, think from a business? perspective. A business can allow users to take advantage of the smartphone capabilities like microphone, GPS, fingerprint sensors, camera, etc. They can send push notifications to drive user-engagement and conversion. With the integration of an analytics tool like Mixpanel, Flurry, Google Analytics, or anything similar, they can know the consumer?s behavior, decode market trend to stay future ready and improve the app itself. Perhaps, the major chunk of the benefits were missing in websites.

However, the amalgamation of Drupal and ?inversion of control? derived from Ember, a JavaScript front-end framework, is likely to help the Web to regain its lost ground.

How Ember Will Make a Difference in Drupal Web Development

Cheers! It would be possible for a Drupal developer to equip his or her web application with all the features and benefits that users normally get from apps. Let?s take one by one.

Performance

In the influence of inversion of control feature, client-side will have a greater role to play. In a way, the server side will be in control of the client-side: From driving requirements to initiating actions, the client-side has to decide. This contrasts strikingly with the traditional one, where client-side is left at the mercy of server-side, waiting for the next page to be delivered and rendered from the server-side once a page refresh is done at the client-side. The data transmission between client and server sides happens asynchronously. Ember enhances client-side storage scope and, most importantly, it gives way to offline functionality that app development company often brags about to have in their apps.

Accessing Device Capabilities

The success of JavaScript code on the client device, opens a new avenue for the Drupal community. Since JavaScript connects seamlessly with hardware APIs, so it becomes feasible for them to connect any web application with the device?s hardware components like camera, GPS, etc. as per the business needs. This is also likely to support near-field communication once we have web APIs for the same. So days are not far, when services, transport, retail and other verticals will start taking refuge in Drupal web development to serve their customers and accept payment in a cardless way as is done through Android Pay and Apple Pay.

Clearly, this would improve the web experience and give more reasons to users to return to Web from app, or stay glued with the Web for ever. Needless to say, businesses will also find reasons to invest in Drupal web development to achieve their objectives. Thus, in the tug-of-war of User Experience, Drupal developers are likely to have an edge. Indeed, this will help in restoring the spirit of the open, decentralized web.

Apart from User Experience, Inversion of Control helps with improving editorial experience, which we?ll discuss in a later post. Stay tuned with Root Info Solutions. Stay ahead of the time.

 

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