Vofox Solutions https://vofoxsolutions.com Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:32:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Top 5 Programming Languages for 2020 https://vofoxsolutions.com/programming-languages/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/programming-languages/#respond Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:23:58 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30302 View Article]]> Are you having a tough time choosing the right programming language for your enterprise software? If so, you are not alone, a majority of enterprise architects and senior developers find it difficult to pick a programming language that perfectly fits their software development project. Hence, it is highly essential for you to pick a programming language that is trending in the industry. In this blog post, we will list out the top 5 programming languages for 2020. This post can be highly beneficial to you if you are planning to build a software product for your enterprise.

5 Best Programming Languages in 2020

 

1. JavaScript

Javascript is one of the widely used programming languages and is known as the language of the web. But you should keep in mind that JS is a scripting language that helps you to build live and dynamic web content such as interactive animations.  

If you are looking to get into web development then JavaScript will be the clear winner.

For a very long time, JavaScript was used only in browsers to develop interactive web pages, some programmers even referred JS as a toy language, but things have changed and JavaScript rose from the ash, only because of large community support and investments from large companies such as Google and Facebook. Now you can develop a full-fledged mobile app or website as well as live networking apps such as command-line tools, video streaming services,  or even games with JS. 

JS Frameworks such as Angular, Vue.js, and React.JS have made this language even more popular among web developers. It is growing faster than any other programming languages and big enterprises such as Uber, Netflix, and eBay build their entire applications with JavaScript. 

 

2. C#

C# is one of the top 5 programming languages for 2020. With this language, you can build dynamic mobile applications, high-end games for PC and consoles, and even enterprise applications. Knowing C# opens a plethora of opportunities for you as a developer.

If you are interested in developing GUI for PC and Web, then you should definitely get your hands on C#.

C# was initially developed by Microsoft in 2000 as part of its .NET initiative. It tops among the best programming language that can be used for game development. Apart from that, there are a lot of job opportunities that are associated with C# these days. You can use C# if you want to get into game development with Unity, for both PC and consoles. 

 

3. Python

Python is a general-purpose programming language and can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from web development to machine learning to data science. It’s great for you to learn as a first language because it is concise and is somewhat similar to a human-readable language. Python is being used by almost all tech giants like Nasa, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Dropbox,..etc. The greatest advantage of learning Python is its extensive library which can be used for GUI applications, Machine Learning, Scientific Computing, Natural Language Processing, Test Frameworks, and many more.

 

4. Kotlin

Kotlin is an intuitive and powerful programming language that is widely used to build Android applications. The syntax of Kotlin is similar to other programming languages, including Java, and C#. Kotlin was initially developed by JetBrains in 2010 and they made it open-source after two years. As Kotlin is somewhat similar to that of Java, you can do projects with both Java and Kotlin Code. In other words, you can call into Kotlin from Java code and vice-versa, which will efficiently utilize all of your existing Java libraries. Kotlin is definitely the best language that you should consider for your mobile app development project for 2020. Moreover, it makes your development faster.

 

5. Swift

Swift is a widely-used programming language with which you can develop powerful iOS software. It was designed by Apple specifically for developing native apps for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Swift was initially built by Chris Lattner with a clear intention to mitigate the difficulties that are existed with objective C.

 Before Swift, developers relied on the highly complex Objective C for iOS development. Its expressive syntax and clear documentation make it an interactive and fun language to build iOS apps. Along with that, developers have access to a plethora of third-party tools and libraries.

We recommend learning Swift as your first language as it is highly friendly to new developers.

We hope you got an idea about the top 5 programming languages that you should consider for your software development project in 2020. 

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Top 5 Cloud Computing Platforms for 2020 https://vofoxsolutions.com/cloud-computing-platforms/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/cloud-computing-platforms/#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2020 09:51:59 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30244 View Article]]> While the concept of Cloud Computing started way back in 1960, it became trending in the technology realm only a few years back. Cloud computing provides enterprises the added advantage to rapidly deliver computing resources without investing more in IT infrastructure. These include maintenance costs, cooling requirements, hardware upgrades, space requirements, and resources.

 

cloud computing platforms

 

Today, an increasing number of enterprises are choosing to migrate their infrastructure to the cloud. If you are among them, it’s the right time to migrate as it could help your enterprise to save a fair share of your expenditure on infrastructure.

 Are you still confused about Cloud Migration?  Many Software development companies can help you out and provide cloud migration services in a cost-effective way. Let’s closely analyze why you need these cloud platforms in the first place. 

You need to migrate your infrastructure to the cloud, If:

  1. Your enterprise struggles to keep pace with your increasing storage needs
  2. You want to reduce your operational cost
  3. You want to decrease your infrastructure overhead.
  4. You are concerned about security.

 

Cloud computing mainly involves three distinct models. The first one comes with an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) model that offers access to computing resources such as databases, operating systems, storage, and networking. In the IaaS model, you can deploy your applications within your vendor’s infrastructure. Popular vendors that provide IaaS services include Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Alibaba Cloud. Whereas in the PaaS(Platform as a Service) model you will get access to a cloud environment in which you can build, manage and deploy applications. Popular PaaS platforms include Google App Engine, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Salesforce aPaaS, and Engine Yard. 

SaaS (Software as a Service) comes as the final model in the cloud computing array. With the SaaS platform, you can access your vendor’s remote cloud to store, build, and analyze your data. Office 365, Google G Suite, and Salesforce are some examples of SaaS platforms. 

Apart from these three models, there are even specialized PaaS services that include blockchain as a service (BaaS), data platform as a service (dPaaS), function as a service (FaaS), mobile backend as a service (mBaaS) as well as serverless computing.

In this blog post, we will list out the top 5 Cloud Computing Platforms for 2020.

 

Emerging Cloud Computing Platforms for 2020

 

1. AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS

AWS is a new trend in the arena of cloud computing and is one of the widely adopted cloud platforms. AWS provides more services than any other vendors – from infrastructure technologies like storage and databases–to more futuristic technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning (DL), data analytics and the Internet of Things.

By using AWS Elastic Beanstalk, you can rapidly deploy your application into the AWS platform.

With this platform, you can deploy and scale web apps that are built on PHP, .NET, Python, Go, Docker, and Ruby on a variety of servers such as Nginx, Apache, IIS, and Passenger. Apart from that, Elastic Beanstalk can handle load balancing, deployment, scaling and even application health monitoring.

 

2. Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure

Azure, Microsoft’s own cloud computing platform provides enterprise-level cloud services, including Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be used for services such as computing, storage, analytics, networking and much more. Imagine your entire server room hosted in the cloud, that’s what Azure is designed for. 

Azure offers many useful services such as object storage, content delivery networks, and virtual machines. In addition to these services, it offers cloud-hosted versions of SQL Server and Active Directory.

 Azure also provides you with a RemoteApp that will allow you to deploy windows program with clients on multiple operating systems via a remote desktop connection.   

 

3. Google App Engine

Google App Engine is a fully managed serverless application platform that supports any programming language, framework, or any library you want to use. 

It was initially introduced at Google IO in May 2011. What’s more interesting about this platform is that it lets you build and run applications on Google’s infrastructure.

With this platform, developers can rapidly build and deploy applications using multiple programming languages such as Python, C#, Java, Go, Ruby, PHP, Node.js, or even .NET. And if that not enough, you can bring your own custom container such as Haskell, Elixir, Docker, etc. When you’re ready to deploy your apps to the cloud, you only need to run $ gcloud app deploy command. The app engine will take care of uploading your code and running it on google infrastructure. Apart from all these features, Google App Engine can seamlessly integrate with plenty of IDEs such as Visual Studio, Eclipse, and Intelli J. This can be highly beneficial for Java and .NET developers.

 

4. Oracle Cloud Platform

Oracle Cloud Platform

Oracle now offers its database and programming tools as an integrated public cloud architecture. Oracle Cloud Platform extends its services to Data Management, Application Development, and advanced analytics.

Developers can now leverage this platform to build and integrate applications along with the access to advanced tools that use analytics to build actionable insights for your business.

As we all are familiar with, Oracle never skims on the security of its products. This platform has built-in security features that ensure the highest security within the public cloud.

 

5. Salesforce

 

salesforce

Salesforce is popularly known as one of the top SaaS CRM  platforms but it also provides PaaS (Platform as a Service) for its customers. Salesforce PaaS provides you with the latest features without the hassle of constant updates and maintenance of on-premises hardware. 

Salesforce aPaaS can efficiently handle the infrastructure, data integration, and security, this will enable developers to focus on building their apps faster.

Hope now you have a better understanding of Top 5 Cloud Computing Platforms for 2020.

 

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Top 5 JavaScript Frameworks for 2020 https://vofoxsolutions.com/javascript-frameworks-for-2020/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/javascript-frameworks-for-2020/#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2019 08:45:55 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30159 View Article]]> Software frameworks are a great utility for developers as they provide them with a lot of useful libraries. These libraries contain reusable functionalities such as payment gateways, email integration and many more. Apart from that, having a framework will also give developers the added advantage of making your device more responsive. This responsiveness is the main reason why JavaScript frameworks are quite popular among web developers. If you are into developing a web app or website for your business, there will be a variety of choices for JavaScript frameworks. And it will be always a tough task to choose a JavaScript framework for web development. Let’s have a look at the top 5 JavaScript Frameworks for 2020.


Best 5 JavaScript Frameworks for 2020

javascripts frameworks for 20201. React

If you are a hardcore programmer, you would have definitely heard of React. Built by Facebook with an aim to make their code more efficient. React is one of the popular libraries for developing dynamic UI for front end web apps. React can also be used with AJAX, Axios, and fetch API. Apart from that, it is compatible with an extensive number of additional libraries such as RefluxJS, MobX, Fluxy, Redux, etc. What is even more interesting with this library is that it permits you to place HTML code inside JavaScript and is also backed up by a solid community of experts from around the globe. Moreover, the framework is highly user-friendly and easy to learn for those who wish to learn.

reactHere’s the list of React’s strengths:

  • You can write components in a hassle-free manner as React uses JSX, a syntax extension of regular JavaScript.
  • More stable and maintainable code due to its one direction data flow.
  • It’s Virtual DOM enables faster development and improved user experience.
  • Handles events more efficiently.
  • Open-source.
  • SEO friendly.
  • Component-based architecture.

Also Read: Top 5 Reasons to Choose React.JS for Web Development

2. Angular

Angular is a powerful JavaScript framework from Google. You can use this framework to develop powerful Single Page Applications (SPA). Angular is similar to platforms such as Aurelia, React and Polymer. A recent survey of Stackoverflow estimates that over 40 percent of programmers prefer to use Angular to build user-interfaces. Angular is now one of the trending front end technology and will surely be the perfect fit for your front-end development needs. Instead of using plain JavaScript, Angular uses Typescript and CoffeeScript as its codebase. Angular is more an enterprise-level framework and is best suited for high-end projects that involve complex infrastructure. In terms of the job market, there are a lot more jobs for angular developers when compared to other frameworks. Apart from that, Angular plans major updates every six months, there is also a period of another six months before any major APIs are deprecated. You can blindly choose this framework for your front-end development needs if you are not comfortable to work with additional libraries as with React.
angular
Let’s have a look at the strengths of Angular:

  • Thanks to its Dependency injection feature, components in Angular are reusable and are easier to test.
  • With Angular, You can resolve issues more rapidly as it has strong community support from experienced developers around the world.
  • Webapps that are built on this framework are highly secure and will have faster loading time.
  • Angular uses an  “ahead-of-time compiler” that compiles TypeScript and HTML and into JavaScript during the development.
  • You can easily integrate third-party plugins into this framework, this allows you to give more customizations and functionalities to your product.

 

3. Vue.js

Vue is a trending front-end framework that takes ideas from other modern JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and React. Nowadays, Vue is skyrocketing in popularity among developers mainly due to its simplicity and lightweight nature. The flip side of vue is that it is fairly new to the arena without any backing of major companies. Whereas, Angular and React are backed by Google and Facebook.If you are the kind of person that likes to save time by making things rather than writing a lot of boilerplate code. Then you’re going to definitely like a lot of aspects of Vue.js.

vue.js

Pros of using the VueJS ecosystem:

  • With vue.js, all your basic programming needs will be covered as it delivers you with an impressive package of libraries and tools.
  • Vue.js has an active community of expert developers who can provide answers to your queries.
  • Vue comes with impressive documentation, it is well structured and precisely describes every step from scratch.
  • Vue is extremely easy to learn, you can start using Vue even if you don’t have in-depth knowledge of JSX, Typescript, and libraries. All you need to master is essential knowledge in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Also Read: Top 5 Pros and Cons of the Vue.js Framework

 

4. Ember.js

Ember.js is an open-source JavaScript framework that was released in 2011. Ember is one of the best front-end frameworks that allow you to quickly build major client-side applications. Ember had released its latest version 3.14 this year with some new features and updates. The new version comes with lots of performance improvements and bug fixes. Popular websites such as Linkedin, Apple Music, Pardot, Netflix and many others use Ember.js as its front end framework. Although Ember lacks popularity among developers, it’s excellent for developing highly complex client-side apps.

ember.jsHere are the pros of Ember.js:

  • As the templates of Ember.js are written using Handlebars (a comprehensive templating engine), apps that are built on this framework will provide its users with a highly immersive user experience.
  • You can easily install plugins from Ember’s vast plugin repository without having the need to build plugins from scratch.
  • Embers provide you with a command-line interface tool that allows you to finish your projects on time and will significantly increase your productivity. It’s a command-line utility that supports Handlebars, CoffeeScript, Sass, and more. Ember CLI will also be a good utility to manage dependencies and rapid prototyping.

5. Backbone.js

Based on MVC architecture, backbone.js is an uber-light JavaScript library that was created by Jeremy Ashkenas in 2010. Although it has been highly popular right after release, its popularity started to go down with the growth of other frameworks such as Angular, React, and Vue.js. It’s named as “Backbone” since it is more like a miniature MVC JavaScript library than a full-fledged framework as it provides tools that give the bare bones of a structure. Bitbucket, Airbnb, Foursquare, and many other major companies use this as their front-end technology. It is fairly easy to learn and can be used to build Single Page Applications rapidly. Backbone.js will be extremely helpful if your single page application requires few dependencies.

 

backbone.js

 

Pros of BackboneJS ecosystem:

  • You can build highly efficient web apps with this library as it significantly reduces the load on your server.
  • Backbone.js is extremely lightweight, and its compact memory makes it ideal for building efficient single-page web applications. The gzipped version of it weighs only 41.06kb(Backbone + Underscore + Jquery).
  • Extensibility is the greatest advantage of this library, it includes plenty of libraries that are suitable for your specific needs.

We hope you got some basic insights about the top 5 JavaScript Frameworks for 2020. Vofox Solutions has a pool of experienced React, Angular, Vue.js, Ember.js, and Backbone.js who can help in web development.

Also Read: Why Choose Backbone JS For Web & App Development?

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Xamarin.Forms vs Android Studio: Which is the best for mobile app development? https://vofoxsolutions.com/xamarin-forms-vs-android-studio/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/xamarin-forms-vs-android-studio/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:59:19 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30140 View Article]]> An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) plays a key role in facilitating the software development process. There are a number of reasons to use an IDE, an IDE unifies common tasks performed by developers such as debugging, editing source code, version control, and building executables into a single environment. Apart from that, they can also increase developer productivity by integrating multiple lines of code into a single application. In this blog post, we will run a side by side comparison between Xamarin.Forms vs Android Studio.

Xamarin.Forms

Cross-platform mobile app frameworks are now one of the latest trends in the realm of mobile app development. With cross-platform development frameworks, developers can craft powerful and multi-featured mobile apps that are compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Xamarin is one of those frameworks. Xamarin is a great framework for C# developers since Xamarin uses C# as its codebase, they can also use .NET libraries while developing mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms. Xamarin.Form is an extended feature, Xamarin Developers can find Xamarin plugin on both the IDEs offered by Microsoft, viz. Xamarin Studio for Mac and Visual Studio for Windows. When you wish to build an Android app, you are required to use the Xamarin.Forms. 

With Xamarin.Forms, developers can access built-in controls, pages, and layout to design and develop enhanced mobile apps from a single API.

  

Xamarin.Forms: Features

  • Fast Renderers: Fast renderers are now enabled in Xamarin by default and this primarily benefits Android developers. It comes with an optimized renderer that removes the need for wrapping the view group. So, If you want to go back to use the legacy renderers, you can use the below flag.
    global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.SetFlags(“useLegacyRenderers”);
  • Shell: Tabs are now more simple with the latest version of Xamarin.Forms. Shell builds upon the fast renderer that we mentioned before since everything in the shell uses the same pattern. If you think about what you had to do to make tabs, or what you still could do today with a tab page to make tabs work, then you will probably end up writing a bunch of codes like this:

shells

 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could write the above code like this:

shell

Pros of using Xamarin.Forms

  • Easy Prototyping: Prototyping can be a time-consuming task for developers. With Xamarin.Forms, developers can effortlessly prototype complex mobile apps.   
  • With Xamarin, developers can update, make changes to the app relatively easy when compared to other frameworks. With native, the procedures are the same, only it’s duplicated for each version of the app.
  • Apps that are developed with Xamarin.Forms can fully access the hardware functionalities of your device such as NFC, sensors, etc, just like a native app. 
  • Xamarin.forms allows developers to build UI in two ways. Developers can build UI with the aid of Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML). At the same time, they can use the default API that is provided by Xamarin to build UI views completely with source code.
  • With Xamarin.Forms, developers can use multiple layouts as a container for views, as well as for other containers. 

 

Android Studio

Android studio is a product of Google and is the official IDE for Andriod development. As such, it’s highly sure that its support will never end as long as Android apps exist. It is a one-stop-shop for building apps for Android Wear, Android Phones, Android TV, tablets and Android Auto. 

Android Studio: Features

  • Firebase and Cloud integration: Android studio provides the added support for developers to connect your app to Google cloud and added services from Google such as Authentication, Notifications, Analytics, and more.
  • Instant Apps for App Bundles: App sizes are always something that annoys us during a download. This is the main reason why Google has added the support for app bundles, it allows you to set certain device configuration requirements for dynamic feature modules to be downloaded automatically during the app install. Apart from that, you can set conditional delivery based on hardware features such as OpenGL Versions, Support for AR(Augmented Reality), API Level or even user country.
  • APK Analyzer: Developers can find APK Analyzer as a handy tool in Android Studio. It allows developers to inspect DEX files, analyze the size of each component, and also allows them to preview packaged assets.

 

Pros of using Android Studio

  • With this IDE, developers can seamlessly build apps for all Android devices such as tablets, mobile phones, wearables, Android Auto and Android TV. 
  • Since Android Studio is considered as the official IDE for building Android apps, developers can expect great community support.
  • Android Studio even provides native support for GCP(Google Cloud Platform). 
  • Google has made Source Control a hassle-free process in Android Studio since it comes with Built-in GitHub integration, but it also supports other source control systems like Google Cloud Source Repositories.

 

From the above comparison, it will be hard for us to arrive at a proper conclusion since we’ve got two amazing platforms for mobile app development. However, we strongly recommend choosing Xamarin as the core tool for your mobile app development.

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The Changing Trends in Software Outsourcing in India https://vofoxsolutions.com/changing-trends-in-software-outsourcing/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/changing-trends-in-software-outsourcing/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 07:03:56 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30097 View Article]]> Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning(ML) have changed the perception of traditional software. With the advent of AI and ML, the software could make intelligent decisions on their own, adapt to the preferences of the user, and could do a lot. 

Software that is backed by AI, ML, IoT(Internet of Things), AR(Augmented Reality) and cloud technologies could deliver business with greater agility and higher ROI. The increased need to build, modernize and customize software has resulted in accelerated demand for skilled developers. 

 

“The demand for skilled software developers is on the rise”

The demand for skilled software developers is on the rise these days. With the increase in demand for talented developers, software outsourcing companies are rapidly expanding their operations all over the world. 

The global outsourcing market is expected to surpass 90 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Apart from the tight competition from software outsourcing companies from China, Poland, Romania, Belarus, and Ukraine, software development companies in India can be considered as a silver bullet for businesses that are in a pursuit to build software solutions cost-effectively. Now let’s come to the important questions — What will be the changing trends in software outsourcing in India? what if you choose a software outsourcing model and it goes out of trend in the future? Will software outsourcing help your business to save costs and resources? We will try to answer these questions in this blog post.

 

“India is becoming an outsourcing hotspot”

India is a preferred destination for software outsourcing, with over 70% of its IT services are exported to fortune 500 companies across the globe. Businesses from all over the world are choosing to outsource their software needs to India and the region has a strong focus on digital and technical skills.

 Communication is the elixir for any outsourcing project. With India’s high number of English speakers, the country is a popular outsourcing hub for the English-speaking world.

Businesses will be more inclined to partner up with software outsourcing vendors that would provide them with these technologies and services:

 

  • Businesses seek outsourcing companies that provide cybersecurity services

While AI and ML are being adopted into virtually all types of Softwares, there is a risk of highly advanced malware and ransomware to possibly breach your IT units. Because of this reason, most enterprises are highly vigilant and considers cybersecurity as one of their top priorities. As cyber threats continue to drain billions of dollars of business each year, cybersecurity is in high demand in software outsourcing.

Lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the software industry will increase the demand for software outsourcing companies that provide cybersecurity services such as security and compliance testing. cybersecurity services top as one of the top software outsourcing trends that must be seriously considered by software outsourcing vendors.

 

  • The demand for cloud outsourcing is increasing

The demand for cloud computing is on the rise these days and will increase exponentially in the future. 

Almost  70% of IT outsourcing services are done for cloud technologies and businesses across the globe are expected to increase their spending in the cloud technology in the near future. 

A recent study by Gartner suggests that the shift towards cloud computing will impact $1 trillion in IT spending by 2020.

 As more businesses migrate to cloud-based technologies, there will be a need for cloud-based testing and cloud security. With cloud testing, businesses can reduce their operational costs and increasing automation, which helps them to eliminate their dependence on skilled resources. 

 

  • Businesses only choose vendors who consider data security as their Top Priority

Not all businesses outsource their work, some businesses rely on their in-house team for their software development project. Even though software outsourcing proves to be a cost-effective solution before these businesses, they are highly skeptical about data breaches of their confidential information that could cause potential harm to their operations. In order to mitigate this issue, vendors must ensure that their client’s data is safe from malware and cyber-attacks.

As vendors now understand the need for minimizing data breach, they have augmented their protocols for running in a safer environment. To ensure fail-safe data security, vendors now deploy security tools like firewalls, secure booting, and secure authentication methods for safeguarding the data.

 

  • The demand for vendors who provide outsourcing services for blockchain, DevOps as a service (DaaS) and the Internet of Things (IoT)

As evolving technologies such as blockchain, DevOps and IoT are becoming a staple part of every business, the demand for software outsourcing vendors who provide these services is on the rise.

With DevOps, the development team can reduce the number of development cycles which results in the timely completion of the project. Apart from that, DevOps as a service (DaaS) could improve communication within the development team, Increase Recovery Time and reduce Deployment Failures, and more importantly, cut down on cost by reducing IT Staff.

Software outsourcing is dilating how companies operate in the business world. Outsourcing software services enabled businesses to rapidly expand their business at an extremely low investment of cost, time and effort. These software outsourcing trends will increase its capabilities and will take businesses to the next level.

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose the ASP.Net Core for Web Development? https://vofoxsolutions.com/reasons-to-choose-asp-net-core-for-web-development/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/reasons-to-choose-asp-net-core-for-web-development/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:41:00 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30060 View Article]]> .NET is a popular software development framework designed by Microsoft exclusively for web application development. With this framework, web developers can integrate a wide range of features like cloud infrastructure support, desktop software, and other web-based services. This framework can be efficiently used for large-scale applications and is being used by many Fortune 500 companies across the globe. 

Microsoft started to develop this framework in the late 90s. Their goal was to build an ecosystem that is based on a managed code, that can be executed under a runtime environment. The advent of this framework had improved the overall development experience and avoided the need for active memory management, security operations, etc.

After a decade long development, Microsoft has finally launched the first release of the .NET platform in 2002, with a core aim to target systems using windows OS and Microsoft servers. The initial version of the .NET framework offered mainly three key elements:

  1. GUI library: mainly for desktop applications
  2. ADO.NET: for data access
  3. ASP.NET:  a framework for Web

Over time, the platform underwent various updates such as a new runtime environment, APIs for service-oriented applications (WCF), new desktop graphical systems (WPF), and more.

In 2016, Microsoft made the release of .NET Core, a new open-source, cloud-friendly and cross-platform version of the .NET framework. It was in the same year that Microsoft acquired Xamarin, a cross-platform UI framework for mobile development.

ASP.NET Core

ASP-NET-Core

Unlike ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core can run on multiple computing platforms such as macOS, Windows, and Linux. ASP.NET core has now received a stable 3.0 release and is now a better choice for Windows-hosted ASP.NET web apps. 

With ASP.NET Core, web developers can build new web apps by following the MVC architectural pattern and can create a new project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 by using  ASP.NET Core Web Application template. 

In this blog post, we will list out the top 5 Reasons to Choose the ASP.Net Core for Web Development?

Reasons to Choose the ASP.Net Core

1. Merged Web API & MVC frameworks
Merged Web API & MVC frameworks

As you can see from the above diagram, the Web API and MVC have a lot of concepts in common like actions, filters, model binding, controllers, dependency injection. ASP.NET Core merged both these frameworks together to simplify the web development process 

The best part about ASP.NET core is that, by just giving an @page directive, a view would be able to handle requests directly. The requests don’t need to go through a controller.

2. High performance

ASP.Net Core ships with Kestrel as it defaults web server. With this addition, ASP.NET became one of the extremely rapid frameworks beating other JavaScript frameworks like Vue.js, Angular, etc.

How Kestrel handle the Http request?

High performance
ASP.NET core has provided some key updates that significantly increased the performance of this framework:

  • Improved its HTTP Client performance
  • Added the support for hosting RPC( Remote Procedure Call) services by utilizing gRPC.
  • Now has a modular, high-performance and lightweight HTTP request pipeline.
  • Has got built-in dependency injection.

 3. Cross-platform & container support

ASP.NET core allows web developers to build ASP.NET apps using multiple frameworks such as Windows, macOS, and Linux. Apart from that, it allows web developers to use containers such as Docker, Kubernetes, and other technologies. 

Docker images can be easily made from ASP.net core apps. These images can be deployed to Docker containers and Kubernetes.

4. Open-source and community-focused 

The interesting fact is that Microsoft has made this an opensource framework. So web developers can freely access Git hub and other resources. Since the community of ASP.NET core is well developed, web developers can make use of the vast number of repositories and codes that are hosted in the Github. As the community of ASP.NET Core is quite active when compared to other frameworks, web developers can always find up to date and latest code in stack overflow and GitHub.

 Being open-sourced and community-focused are the two biggest perks offered by this framework. Moreover, these could make the process of web development a lot faster and smoother.

 5. Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Protection

Cross-Site Request Forgery(CSRF) is an act of stealing user’s authenticated sessions to perform an uninitiated action. CSRF is among the biggest threat to web apps in today’s world. Having a framework that raises less vulnerability to CSRF attack is considered as a secure option among web developers.

We will illustrate this with the help of an example, consider that you are booking a flight ticket, in the payments page you have entered the bank details but you are not aware that an intruder has embedded code to hijack your session. After making the payment the hijacker can use this session authenticate on behalf of you. 

ASP.Net Core generates anti-forgery tokens, which can efficiently contain security risks like the one mentioned above.

Besides the above-mentioned features, ASP.NET Core 3.0 has loads of other exciting features, from single-file executables to side-by-side versioning, to the ability to host on multiple web servers, and on and on… With all these functionalities and active community support, we’re sure that ASP.NET development tops among the best frameworks for web development.

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React Native vs Flutter: Which Cross-Platform Framework is Better? https://vofoxsolutions.com/react-native-vs-flutter/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/react-native-vs-flutter/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:35 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30011 View Article]]> These days, cross-platform frameworks are becoming a hot topic among mobile app developers. But what makes it so popular? The answer is simple, they enable developers to build mobile apps that can run on multiple platforms.

 Native app development for iOS and Android can eat away your development budget and could extend the development process. However, switching to cross-platform development can significantly reduce your development time. 

Developing a single codebase for multiple platforms(iOS & Android) at the same time can be considered as a rapid and cost-effective solution for mobile app development projects.

However, there is a question —Which Cross-Platform Framework is Better?

To make a wise choice, we’ll give you an in-depth comparison between React Native and Flutter. We’re hoping that this will provide you enough insights to choose your preferred framework.

react native vs flutter

React Native

React Native was initially introduced by Facebook at the F8 conference of 2015. React Native is a JavaScript framework for developing native applications using the React Framework.

It’s better not to confuse yourself with React Native and ReactJS. ReactJS is specifically built for developing web apps whereas React Native uses React components for building mobile apps. 

The interesting thing about React Native Development is that it uses the same fundamental UI blocks that are used in regular Android and iOS apps.

Flutter

Flutter is a cross-platform SDK from Google that is used to build powerful apps. Its cross-platform nature allows us to build Android and iOS apps from a single codebase. Flutter comes with a  modern 2D rendering Engine, react-style framework, development tools, and ready-made widgets.

React Native vs Flutter: Code Structure

React Native uses JavaScript as its programming language, pretty much of the codes in React Native are similar to that of JavaScript. Whereas, Flutter uses the Dart programming language.

Unlike React Native, the User Interface of Flutter doesn’t need any specific visual tools and additional templating languages. This allows the developers to build a variety of interactive widgets, customizable tools, and controls.

Here’s a simple example of a React Native code that generates  ‘Hello World’ text in the center:

import React, { Component } from ‘react’;

import { Text, View } from ‘react-native’;

export default class CustomClass extends Component {

  render() {

    return (

      <View style={{ flex: 1, justifyContent: “center”, alignItems: “center” }}>

        <Text>Hello world</Text>

      </View>

    );

  }

}

}

Here’s  an example of Dart code that generates a blue square and ‘Hello World’ text in the center:

new Center(child:

  new Column(children: [

    new Text(‘Hello World!’),

    new Icon(Icons.square, color: Colors.blue),

  ])

)

React Native vs Flutter : Pros & Cons

Pros of React Native

Hardware Specific APIs: React Native provides APIs that are specific to your hardware such as WiFi programming interfaces, and interfaces for biometrics, cameras, sensors, etc.
Vast IDE support: React Native supports a great range of IDEs – some of them include Atom, Visual Studio Code, Android Studio, etc.
Large Community: React Native was released three years before the release of Flutter, so it has got a wide developer community.
Modular Architecture: React Native supports modular architecture, this helps developers to separate their application code into multiple independent blocks.

Cons of React Native

Steep Learning Curve: React Native might be hard for you to learn if you are new to JavaScript and React framework.
Poorly Structured Documentation: Lack of proper documentation is another disadvantage of React Native. Most of the documentation that we get from React Native is poorly structured.
Reduced App Performance: Mobile Apps that are built by using React Native show a reduction in their performance since it requires a JavaScript bridge to interact with native components.
Not suitable for complex apps: React Native is not preferred to build apps that require highly complex functionalities such as complex animations, transitions, etc.

Pros of Flutter

User-friendly UI: The significant advantage of using Flutter over React Native is because of its user-friendly UI. In Flutter, you can build your widget or you can simply customize it. It has its custom widgets that are rendered by its graphics engine Skia.
Feels more Native: Since Flutter uses C++ in its core, Native apps that are built by it will be smooth and fast. Mobile apps that are built on Flutter will give you a more native experience.
Easy Installation & configuration: When compared with React Native, Flutter is comparatively easy to get started with. The installation and configuration procedures of Flutter are more straightforward. Flutter even has an automated checkup for system problems known as Flutter Doctor.

Cons of Flutter

Lack of third-party support: Even though Flutter has a huge collection of framework-based libraries and tools, there are still a lot of third-party services that are yet to support Flutter, which includes process automation software, payment systems, etc. Flutter has a long way ahead to catch up with React Native in terms of the availability of packages and tools.
Small Developer Community: When compared with JavaScript, Dart lacks an experienced developer community. This is because it isn’t as widely used as JavaScript.
However, it’s worth mentioning that there is an exponential growth in the community of Flutter developers.
Lack of rich libraries: Flutter is still a new player in the field. This means you can’t find what you are looking for in the existing libraries, this will lead you to build custom functionalities by yourself, which can consume a lot of time.

React Native vs Flutter: Which Is Worth Spending Your Time on?

As far as mobile app development is concerned, timely project delivery makes all the difference. Because of its cross-platform nature, both Flutter and React Native ensures rapid project delivery. Apart from that, their ready-to-use components and libraries make them better frameworks to build your app.

One of the biggest perks that you will get by using these frameworks are nothing but the reduced project cost. And these are the top reasons that you should consider these frameworks for your project. But which framework is better? Which Is Worth Spending Your Time on? Or fits your app idea?

Well, that will completely depend upon your project requirements.

Also, Read: Top 5 Reasons to Choose React.JS for Web Development

 

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Top 5 Pros and Cons of the Vue.js Framework https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-vuejs-framework/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-vuejs-framework/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 08:24:40 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29944 View Article]]> The story of Vue.js started when Evan You, a former Creative Technologist at Google was involved to build multiple UI prototypes right within a browser. To do that, he used useful features from other frameworks such as Angular1, React.js, etc.

The Idea to build an entirely new framework came to his mind when he used the declarative nature of Angular’s data binding feature to develop a simpler API. That’s how Vue started. 

“I figured, what if I could just extract the part that I really liked about React and build something really lightweight without all the extra concepts involved? I was also curious as to how its internal implementation worked. I started this experiment just trying to replicate this minimal feature set, like declarative data binding. That was basically how Vue started.” – Evan You

What is Vue.js?

Vue.js is a JavaScript framework that is best suitable to build single-page applications and web interfaces. Apart from building web interfaces, we can also employ Vue.js to build mobile apps (by using the Electron framework), async components, and much more.

In this blog post, we will dive into the top 5 pros and cons of the Vue.js framework. We will also compare the features of Vue.js with other frameworks to give you more understanding of its features.

pros and cons of vue.js

Pros of Vue.js Framework

1.Lightweight and fast

The entire Vue.js ecosystem is lightweight and fast, its production-ready build weighs only about 18 kb even after gzipping. Since Vue.js has one of the best speed parameters that are available today, It will be a wise decision to choose this framework for your project. 

Its smaller size stimulates runtime and could also speed up your development. Apart from that, it also allows developers to filter out templates to virtual DOM from the compiler. 

The below graph depicts the comparison of sizes of Angular,Vue.js and React.

2.Easy Integration 

Vue.js developers can easily integrate smaller parts of interactive parts of an app (components and views) into the existing infrastructure without affecting the entire system. Also, It can be easily integrated with other frameworks such as Angular, Reactjs, etc. Its code reusability enables developers to customize their projects according to their specific requirements. Moreover, developers will find it easy to use vue.js with a variety of JavaScript applications as its backend is written with JavaScript.

3.Improved Performance

Applications that are built on this framework have improved performance when compared with apps that are built on other frameworks. Vue.js achieves this by utilizing a virtual DOM. Simply put, 

we can think of virtual DOM as a copy (or screenshot) of the DOM at a given point of time. A new Virtual DOM representation of the UI is created, for every change in the Vue.js app.

4.Easy to learn

Vue.js can be easily picked up by anyone who has a basic understanding of  HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Furthermore, starting a project on the Vue platform is pretty much easier when compared with other frameworks. Because of its easy learning curve, most developers prefer   Vue.js over other JS frameworks such as Angular, React, and Jquery.

5. Highly Adaptable 

The architecture and design of Vue.js are pretty much similar to that of  Angular & React. Due to this reason, it will be easy for developers to switch from these frameworks to Vue.js. This makes vue.js one of the most adaptable frameworks that are available today. 

Cons of Vue.js Framework

1.Small Community

Vue is still a new and evolving language as it was initially launched five years before. Even though a good framework, Vue hasn’t gained enough popularity when compared to other frameworks such as Angular and React.

2.Lack of experienced developers

As we have mentioned above, Vue.js is a comparatively young technology that has just started to gain traction. So, we need to wait for some more years until it is adopted with plenty of experienced Vue.js developers. But this won’t be a major issue since developers can easily learn this without any hassle.

3.Not suitable for large scale-projects

Although vue.js have some advantages over other frameworks, we still cannot compare vue.js with more mature frameworks such as React and Angular. Most businesses prefer to use stable technologies that have strong community support so that issues can be resolved quickly.

4.Language Barrier

Another downside of Vue.js is that most of the code has been written in the Chinese language, as it was built by a Chinese-American. Yeah, Evan You is a Chinese-American!

So, if you are digging in for Vue content, you will encounter plugin descriptions, forum discussions, and instructions in Chinese. This can be annoying for English-speaking developers.

5.Libraries

The system components of Vue.js could sometimes become unstable as it’s library’s infrastructure is still at the beginner level. Due to this, inexperienced developers could make mistakes while integrating the version of Vue.js with their project.

Despite being a relatively new framework, Vue.js is powerful when it comes to developing better user-interface and single page web applications. However, there are plenty of other options to choose from, such as Angular development and React.js development. Vue.js has few disadvantages when compared to Angular and React with the lack of a strong community proving to be the biggest problem. Vue.js is a good framework if you choose it according to the requirement of your project. Since this framework is constantly evolving, it’s clear for us that it will continue to meet our expectations in the future. However, it is important to consider the pros and cons of the Vue.js framework before choosing it.

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Importance of IT Modernization for your Business https://vofoxsolutions.com/importance-of-it-modernization-for-business/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/importance-of-it-modernization-for-business/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 06:05:12 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29910 View Article]]> To gain success in today’s digital world, businesses must adapt to constant innovation.  Importance of IT Modernization plays a significant role in the success of your business. Modernizing your IT infrastructure is the only way for your business to gain traction in the near future. IT Modernization for your business will increase customer satisfaction, business agility, innovation, and security.

In the future, Only businesses that modernize their legacy systems could only support emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence(AI), IoT(Internet of Things), Virtual Reality(VR), etc to their ecosystem.

Leading businesses across multiple verticals are now reassessing their priorities in investment, and are giving more importance for modernizing their legacy systems. This helps them to become more adaptive to the future. 

In this blog post, we will give you the importance of IT modernization for your business to make it future-ready.

Importance of IT modernization for your business

By Modernizing their Legacy Code & Database

“Data” is the core of any business. It forms the cornerstone for all new technologies and innovations that the future has to offer. All these futuristic technologies require modern code & database. Hence, it’s highly essential for every business to modernize their legacy code and database.

Is Your Business Future-Ready?

For your business to run effectively, your software needs to integrate well with other applications and tools. A modernized application keeps this in check.

With modernized systems, you can avoid compatibility issues that are common with most of the legacy systems.

With the rapid change in technologies, there will be a need to integrate new modules and tools into the existing software. Legacy applications will require an excessive amount of code to support these updates.

In the near future, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT (Internet of Things), Virtual Reality and Augmented reality will become a staple part of every software that we use today. Multi-billion businesses have already adopted them into their software. So, it is high time for you to modernize your legacy applications or else you will be estranged out of the business.

Businesses that are hogtied to legacy applications won’t be able to integrate these. The result is, you will continue to lose your revenue and customers.

Modernized Applications will Accelerate Innovation

Modernization helps businesses to deliver their services ten times faster which accelerates innovation. We will illustrate that with the help of the case studies of companies that modernized their legacy applications.

Scandinavian Airlines

As one of the largest airline company in Scandinavia, they carry almost 40 million passengers annually.

For its efficient operation, the airline company dealt with high volumes of customer and operational data.  They relied on legacy IBM DB2 technology to process this information. 

The company wasted large amounts of money for the maintenance and operation of this aging data warehouse. 

Apart from its high cost, performance, and scalability issues were also common. This made it extremely difficult for their employees to analyze the data.

Due to the above-mentioned challenges, they were in need of a new environment that could deliver them with improved analysis, and reduced maintenance costs.

The airline company ran a deep evaluation of these issues and approached a software development company for the migration process.

 They migrated their mission-critical data from 600 DB2 tables in the mainframe environment to a Microsoft SQL Server database. 

Result:

The new system helped them to improves operational efficiency, and reduce costs by 60 percent.

Schwan’s

Schwan’s (formerly known as The Schwan Food Company) is one of the top frozen food company in the United States, which is having a revenue of nearly 300 crores (USD). The company has over 30 custom applications that ran on a mainframe with outdated OS/390. The company faced severe issues with their applications since it was hard for them to maintain and upgrade their custom made COBOL code that was built over 25 years. Due to this reason, the company decided to approach a software development company to migrate its legacy mainframe that runs on Windows Server 2003 from to the .NET framework.

Result:

The migration helped Schwan’s to reduce their development and maintenance costs which helped them to save nearly 1 million USD in their annual savings.

If you are looking for a software development company that provides IT modernization cost-effectively. Then software development companies that are based in Asian countries such as India, Singapore, etc. will be a better choice.

 

Similar Article:

Why Businesses Should Modernize Their Legacy Applications?

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Pros and Cons of Python for Web Development https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-python-for-web-development/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-python-for-web-development/#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:31:01 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29840

One of the world’s most popular programming languages, Python was first developed by a Dutch programmer way back in 1991. Even if it is decades old, this language is still considered as a powerful language in the tech world.

Apart from being a very powerful and fantastic programming language, it is one of the widely used languages for doing data science. Many software development companies prefer to use python as their server-side language due to its handy features and easy usability. In this blog, let’s dive into pros and cons of Python for web development.

 Because of its multiple programming models, multi-billion companies like  Google, NASA, Netflix, and Instagram use it for their backend development.

Python is fairly easy to pick up for those who are new to coding. You can learn this language in a matter of days if you have experience with any other high-level languages. 

Python is mainly used as a backend development language and can be used with many frameworks such as Django and Flask, which makes the development time much shorter.

We will describe in detail about both frameworks below.

 

Django:

Django is one of the widely used python frameworks. This framework is an excellent tool to build advanced and secure web applications. Another interesting thing with Django is that it is open-sourced.

Some of the exciting features of Django are its Object-relational mapping (ORM), database schema migrations, URL routing, and template engine.

Object-relational mapping (ORM) is used by Django to map objects to database tables. 

Django developers can use multiple databases with this framework such as MySQL, Oracle, SQLite, and PostgreSQL.

Flask:

If you are a beginner to Python frameworks, then flask will be more comfortable for you to learn than Django. Flask uses  Jinja2template and Werkzeug WSGI toolkit. 

Pros and Cons of Python

Pros of using Python for web development:

1. Simple and Agile:

As we already mentioned, Python is very simple and easy to read when compared with other languages, this helps developers to easily debug their code. Python uses simpler commands that are pretty much similar to that of the English language.

When compared with other languages, data visualization is fairly an easy task in Python. This helps web developers to more efficiently comprehend data and visualize it in a way that is easy for users or clients to understand.

Because of its good readability, developers can easily understand the code written by other developers. This makes communication more agile between developers working on the same project.

2. Broad Set of Support Libraries:

 Python provides plenty of libraries that includes areas like operating system interfaces, Internet, web service tools, protocols, and string operations. Since codes are prewritten in these libraries, developers are only required to write less code.

NumPy, SciPy, and Pandas are the trending core libraries of Python for data science, whereas Matplotlib is a Python library that is used for data visualization.

3. Active Community:

Python has an active community of developers, which can make your work smoother and faster. Apart from its large community it also offers a host of packages, libraries, and vast documentation.

4. Free & Open-Source:

As we mentioned earlier, Python is free to use. You can download its source code for free and even distribute it.

5. Platform-Independent:

Python is platform-independent, you can write server-side code for macOS, Linux or Windows with it.

 

Cons of using Python for web development:

1. Not Suitable for Mobile Computing:

Although python can be used to create strong applications for both server and desktop platforms, it is on the downside when it comes to developing mobile applications. Python is rarely used in the client-side of web development applications.

2. Less Speed:

While other languages use a compiler for the execution of its code, python executes its code by using an interpreter. This can affect the performance of applications that are built on this code.

3. Lack of experienced developers:

When compared to other technologies, you will have a hard time to hire Python Developers since not many developers are experienced with this technology. 

4. Design Restrictions:

Run time errors are common for python due to its dynamic typing. Web applications that are developed by using python require more testing time due to its design restrictions.

5. Primitive DB Access Layers:

Python’s access layer is less sophisticated when compared with the access layer of Java-based data access technologies such as JDBC.

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