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Category - Web Development

Web development is a very broad topic. Web projects can range from simple corporate sites to complex web based applications and social network solutions. We have great experience in building various web projects, and we are willing to share our knowledge with you.

Tips for customers looking for non-typical software solutions

What is a non-typical solution?

When we call a solution non-typical, we mean it has non-standard functionality or a unique concept. A non-typical solution, as a rule, is based on business processes within a Customer’s organization, or on an innovative idea.

If we talk about a unique business idea, first and foremost, you need to explore the market and make sure that such a solution hasn’t been created already. Believe, this is very frustrating to develop and launch a project, and encounter an existing analogue in the market. Besides, by checking the market beforehand you won’t waste your time (and your Provider’s time) on “reinventing the wheel”.
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Symfony 2: Doctrine 2 get random entites (MySQL)

Often during the process of developing projects on the Symfony 2 framework and Doctrine 2 ORM many web applications developers face the problem of getting random records from a MySQL database. Most developers know that this issue is not new, and all solutions that already exist have been known for a long time. But you can hardly find an implementation of any of them on the Symfony 2 framework and Doctrine 2 in the Internet. In this post I want to propose you , in my opinion, the most simple way of selecting random records from MySQL by means of the function RAND.Read More

eCommerce development on PHP framework: our experience of building CrISStal Eye website

PHP has gained high popularity as a web development tool these days. In particular, PHP frameworks have been receiving a lot of attention. Using a PHP framework provides certain benefits to a website owner. To name a few:

  • PHP frameworks are easy for beginners – they come with certain libraries and helpers, so you won’t have to find 3rd party resources additionally;
  • Faster development and faster fixes;
  • Lower development and maintenance cost;
  • Compatibility with other web applications, operating systems and programming languages;
  • PHP frameworks enable high level of customization.

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Challenges of developing your own software product: ISS Art team experience

As some you might know already, the primary activity of our company is custom software development. We work in international market primarily, and during our professional life we’ve faced a need to monitor our team’s performance as well as to provide transparent reporting to our customers (you can read more about these challenges here). Although there are a lot of ready time tracking solutions aimed to help to deal with these issues, we have decided to build our own system – the one that would meet our company’s need to the fullest. We’ve named it CrISStal Eye.
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Custom SaaS accounting application development

The world of custom application development has evolved so much over the years, and with the ever-changing technology, custom applications are becoming more spectacular as time goes on. One of the most recent popular types of application development includes Software as a Service (SaaS), especially when partnered with various accounting applications.

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A great feature of PHP

I know many Java and .NET developers who often like to make fun of PHP. Honestly, a couple of years ago I was one of them. I used the next arguments to set Java and .NET above PHP (this is my personal opinion):

  • It is not a good idea to use dynamic typization in a server-side language, because server is all about performance and security – static typization supports these two attributes a lot. Also, static typization makes code refactoring much easier.
  • Java and .NET have much better-thought standard libraries. In PHP, you have many different ways to do the same operation – it increases code fragmentation, especially if you work in a large team of PHP developers.
  • Java and .NET have more graceful syntax. $ sign in variable names, -> instead of ., <?php ?> tags make PHP code quite bulky.

Nevertheless, PHP has one great feature that makes it very useful for me. From its very beginning, PHP was designed as HTML code preprocessor. Its syntax serves this purpose perfectly. Ultimately, if you write pure HTML code in your PHP file, PHP interpreter will give you this HTML in output. Only PHP insertions between tags like <?php ?> and <?= ?> will be interpreted as PHP code. It lets you do anything with your HTML output and it is usually more convenient compared to various HTML template engines, because template is just a template – it doesn’t let you write code. Also PHP doesn’t care about what exactly you write into output: HTML, operation progress, or message log. I found it convenient for me to build JSON files with PHP.
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Modern Technical Solutions That Are Used By Startups

Each passing year it seems like technological advances develop faster than they did the year before and 2015 is no exception. While we have seen some recent technology trends gain momentum over the last few years, this year it looks like some of them may make significant advancements in use on a broader scale.
 Modern Technical Solutions That Are Used By Startups Digital LadyAdvancements in technology mean cost savings, efficiency and the development of new products, which offer consumers new and exciting benefits. In addition, modern technical solutions that are used by startups and introduced into the marketplace, open new doors of opportunity for web developers and entrepreneurs. It provides a chance to develop apps that enhance and improve a product or service.

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Outsourcing Software Development: Choosing the Right Provider

As we discussed in one of our previous articles about software development, there are times when outsourcing a particular project makes the most sense. After doing your initial project research, you may realize you do not possess the necessary skills for using available tools to achieve the result needed, the time demands are too great or perhaps it is much more cost efficient to use an outside provider to complete the development project.

Whatever your reason or reasons are for outsourcing, it is still important to properly manage the project, select the right provider for the job and ensure all of the key elements are addressed. The right provider can make your life much easier and a poor provider can make life extremely difficult, so be sure to cover all the details upfront.

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Reskinning and Tweaking Code-Application Development, Part 2

You can find the first part of the article here.

Application Development Tools-From Desktop to Mobile

Many of the tools and programming languages used for developing web applications and desktop applications can be used for mobile platforms as well.

Because mobile platforms use some of the more popular programming languages today, chances are you already have some experience with them. For example, you may already be well versed with HTML 5 and Java, so getting an Android Application up and working will be no problem for you, even if you need to start the coding from scratch.Read More

Application Development from Scratch, Part 1

Application development has been in the spotlight for several years now, with developers creating amazing desktop, web and mobile applications at a rapid pace. There are advantages and disadvantages to each category of application, but it is clear mobile applications and web-based apps have begun to take center stage, as users prefer options that can be accessed from anywhere.Read More