A Hybrid Application – Definition

In the era of rapidly changing technologies, keep up with the market is getting difficult for every business – be it big or small. Today, every business is getting dynamic in nature. They need to quickly adapt to new technologies and make the necessary changes in the way they manage their businesses. In this dynamism of businesses lies the challenge of rapidly upgrading your web applications.

For the companies who highly rely on the internet based applications, it is extremely important that their applications are quickly upgradable and configurable to incorporate the changes that keep coming. Upgrading an application is quick when the applications have a smaller code footprint and the applications provide a greater output that the effort that is being put in.

This is where the concept of hybrid application comes into picture. The hybrid web application is an application that uses a single code base and provides you with applications over multiple platforms like – Web, Android phones, iPhones as well as Desktop environments.

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The Role of Frameworks in Hybrid Application Development

With the advent of the concept of hybrid application development, a whole new era of building an ecosystem that supports a hybrid web application out of the box started. This resulted in a bunch of development frameworks that put numerous pieces together to allow rapid prototyping and development.

These frameworks focused on leveraging the available bits and pieces and building an ecosystem rather than re-inventing the wheel. The frameworks provided a shorter list of dependencies that took care of including the rest of the requirement project components. This resulted in a more organized way of developing a hybrid web application. It not only reduced the time taken in the development but also resulted in an optimum code base. Some such frameworks that currently co-exist in the market are:

  • Meteor

  • LoopbackJS

  • SailsJS

  • FeatherJS

All these frameworks primarily focus on reducing the effort of code creation by providing an ecosystem that either assists in code generation or helps by reducing the amount of code you need to do for a particular task. For instance, LoopbackJS makes it easier to expose database objects using API explorer, MeteorJS reduces the codebase by evaluating the same Javascript code on client side as well as server side while SailsJS provides an easy to use approval framework that shoves off the workload of building a complete approval flow.

Meteor – Features that Make it Special

Meteor has been around for a while now. It has already release version 1.8.1 at present day. The framework is highly supported by a bunch of open source frameworks and plugins that include OrionJS, Aldeed Autoform, Meteor Camera, MUP, Meteor-Cluster and others. The primary features of Meteor that makes It an easy to use framework are:

Reduced Code Footprint

In Meteor, the same javascript code can be evaluated on the client side as well as server side without any extra effort. The framework functions in a way that every JS file in the framework is evaluated on client side as well as server side. However, it also provides the flexibility to choose whether a certain piece of code should be executed client side or server side. This ensures that the DOM based code is bypassed at the server side while the validations still occur at both client side as well as server side.

A common code for validation at client side as well as server side ensures that there is no gap in the validations whatsoever. Moreover, with the power of Javascript, you can easily transfer a heavy calculation load to the client side and reduce the workload on the server. Thus, Meteor helps in reducing the overall code footprint and also helps in maintaining consistency in the code.

Supports Multiple Templating Frameworks

For the frontend development of any web application, it is important to have a framework that is flexible in its dealing of frontend. A framework forcing to work with a certainly frontend library limits your flexibility. Meteor helps in tackling this challenge by providing a range of templating plugin support. Meteor as of today supports - Blaze, React Templates and Angular Templates.

With this support, the user can freely use the frontend technology of his choice or choose to continue with the core HTML based pages too.

Easier Mobile & Desktop App Creation from the Single Code Base

Meteor framework is Cordova ready from the core. All the web applications built using Meteor framework can be easily converted to Mobile application or desktop application with the power of Cordova and Electron plugins. In order to build a mobile or desktop application from a Meteor Web app, all you need to do is fire up a bunch of commands and you are all set to go.

Supports Hot Code Push

This is a feature that lacks in most of the frameworks in the market today. For a business that runs its management using such applications, it is highly important that their applications updates are automatically posted to the mobile and desktop applications.

With the support for hot code push, Meteor enables the automatic updates of mobile and desktop applications over the air without the need of user confirmation. In this manner, Meteor reduces the tension of request the user to update the application frequently.

Customizable Minification and Obfuscation Plugins

Normally a framework comes in with restricted facility of minification or obfuscation. In a production environment for applications based on Javascript, it is extremely important to have high level of minification and obfuscation to avoid any security flaws. Metoer comes pre-packaged with a standard minifier for javascript and CSS. However, these plugins can be easily over-written and customized using a specific directory structure. Thus, the developer has a high level of independence in defining the security parameters.

Fully Customizable Plugins and Libraries

Meteor comes pre-packaged with a bunch of plugins to make developer’s life easier. However, unlike other frameworks where the source code is not easily modifiable, in Meteor, every package can be overwritten. The code modification is quite simple in Meteor. This allows the flexibility to the developer to customize a specific feature as per the client’s requirement.

Reduced Development Time

With all the above features, you get a reduction in the development time by over 60%. This is the best return compared to any other frameworks. Hence, if you are looking to get a business application like a CRM or an HR management tool that might need a mobile application and frequent updates too, Meteor is the best way to go.

Getting a Meteor Application Developed

If you feel convinced of having a meteor based application or would like to talk and discuss further on the topic, our team is always there to help. You could get in touch with our experts at any time and get a free demo of excellent products that we have created using this framework. Connect with us at ABK Multiservices.

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