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What Is MongoDB And Why Use It?

NoSQL is a hot topic these days amongst web based businesses. And what is even hotter a topic of discussion is MongoDB. There are some who are unfamiliar with the technology and there are some who want to switch to a better technology. This blog post is aimed to clear the doubts of everybody interested in the topic. So let’s start from the very basic! What is MongoDB? Mongo is an open source schema-less database system that uses a document-oriented data model. It is one of several database types that arose in the mid-2000s under the NoSQL banner. Yes, this isn’t your traditional RDBMS. There are many differences between the two technologies. While your traditional relational databases use tables and rows, MongoDB, like mentioned in the first line of this paragraph, is built on the architecture of collections and documents. While documents comprise sets of key-value pairs and are the basic unit of data in MongoDB, collections contain in themselves sets of documents and function. Another difference is that that the traditional MySQL is written using SQL queries, but MongoDB is focused on Binary JSON. The best thing about MongoDB is that it is a flexible and powerful tool that is capable of transforming your business for good. The next obvious question is Why use MongoDB? MongoDB can be used to solve some particular business challenges. Some of them are mentioned below: MongoDB prefers high insert rate. So if you expect a high write load, MongoDB is your best bet. Documents (objects) in MongoDB map nicely to programming language data types. Adding new fields in MongoDB does not affect the...

Speed up your WordPress Website

In this fast-paced world, time is money. Nobody likes waiting. Not even for a web page to load. People avoid going back to those websites that are slow, especially when browsing through mobile. It even affects your conversion rate greatly. Yes, website’s loading speed is becoming increasingly important. And it isn’t just about the users. A slow loading website also suffers from low search engine rankings. Website speed is a crucial factor in ranking since search engines give a lot of importance to how fast your website is downloaded. The issue of slow loading has especially been observed with websites that built on the WordPress platforms. Though the platform is pretty powerful but suffers from being slow. But thankfully, that can be corrected by taking correct precautions. And we are here to help. Here are a few simple tips you can follow that will drastically improve the loading speed of your WordPress website. Theme: WordPress comes with numerous good looking themes. But don’t get carried way. Choose a theme that is not bulky. But thing you can keep in mind while choosing a website theme is that it should not have images throughout the webpage. The focus should be to choose an optimized theme that loads fast on PCs, tablets and all mobile devices. Plug-ins: Plug-ins are one of the first reasons you why you must have chosen the WordPress platform. But you don’t need every other plug-in in your website. Some of them may interfere with the server request and may result in a slow loading website. File size: Your website requires you to upload a lot of...

5 Tools everyone in the Web Development industry should be using

Being a global offshore web development company, we have to keep up with the latest advances that take place in the technology. Here is a list of 5 tools that we are swearing by for most of the web development solutions that we are working on. Asana When it comes to Project Management Systems, we keep trying the new ones that come up. What we are currently using and absolutely loving is Asana. The application enables the teams to work without email by putting conversations and tasks together. The best part is that you can keep a check on the progress of each task assigned to the team members through your mobile device as well. Oh, and it is free! Harvest One of the issues that clients face with an offshore web development solutions provider is regarding money. In today’s age, time is money and we want our clients to make the most out of the money they spend on buying our services, whether on an hourly basis or by project basis. Harvest makes time tracking simple as well as lets you keep a track of client expenses. Moreover, it helps us give an idea of how much time our team members spend on various tasks. Sublime Text 3 Sublime Text 3, currently in its beta stage, is the latest version of the most commonly used Sublime Text editor. We love the slick interface of this latest text editor. The awesome features and amazing performance makes editing codes, markups and prose super easy and quick. Sublime Text 3 is available for Mac, Windows and Linux, and it is free to...

Web Development Trends – 2014

Web development is an ever-changing practice. Web development started as a simple HTML page by typing in code for each individual page. Today we hear about terms like custom web development. The technology never stops evolving and there are new trends that come by. It’s the same with web development. Let’s take a look at the top web development trends in 2014. Single Page Website Single Page Website is the newest trend in the web development industry. Single Page Websites give you the liberty to view all the content on just one page by just vertically scrolling up and down. This works really well on mobile phones. One of the benefits of having such a website is that the user can process the information given more easily without being interrupted for switching to any other page. Responsive Design You must be thinking that how something that has been there for quite a few years will become a trend now. You are absolutely right. Responsive Web Design will not be a trend anymore. It will become implied in web design. The PC usage is at its lowest with every body busy with their mobile and other hand-held devices. Under such circumstances, responsive web design is the only thing that makes sense. Rise in JavaScript Development JavaScript will see a dramatic increase in the usage for web development this year. You ask for reasons, right? The developer does not have to go and learn a totally different language to develop an application, deployment is a whole lot easier and it does all this without compromising on the custom web development needs of the...

iOS 8 for Enterprises

In his keynote session at WWDC 2014, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi called iOS 8 ‘a huge hit in the enterprise’. And noting the features that iOS 8 brings with itself for the enterprise, Mr. Craig’s statement is hundred percent true. The new iOS 8 features will make this operating system loved by business users and IT firms. Here are some of the features that will matter to the enterprise audience: Device Enrollment Program: Announced couple of months back, the Device Enrollment Program is available in iOS 8. The program will allow companies to issue its employees iPhones or iPads that are automatically set up with corporate apps, security policies, company policies, etc. Security for individual messages: Per message S/MIME will allow companies to virtually sign and encrypt a message, so that the person who receives it knows from where he/she has received the message. Passcode Protection: iOS 8 brings with itself expanded data protection with its passcode protection feature. This feature will allow the enterprises to password-protect all the major data types such as Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages, Notes, Reminders as well as third-party apps. VIP Thread: With the new iOS 8, employees can mark an email thread as VIP. So everytime someone responds to the mail, it will show up on the lock screen. Hand-off: This new feature gives you the liberty to start a presentation on an iPhone or an iPad and finish it on a Mac. You can transfer documents from an iPhone to a Mac using AirDrop even without an Internet connection. Better manage books and PDFs: Now you can...

4 reasons why your enterprise needs BYOD policy

BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is a growing trend that has evolved to empower the workforce of enterprises. Now-a-days, employees increasingly want to use their own devices to access corporate data. And the technology is doing quiet well. Even the latest Apple operating system, iOS 8 has some amazing safety, productivity and device management features for enterprises (can be linked to ‘ iOS 8 for Enterprise’ blog post) that will further push them to use more iPhones and iPads. Many enterprises have benefited from BYOD and here are four main reasons indicating why BYOD is important for your enterprise as well: It reduces the cost for enterprises By encouraging your employees to use their own devices for corporate and official purposes, companies can save a lot of money. How? Well, you will not have to buy an expensive smartphone for the employee, which they are anyways going to buy themselves. Also, you can choose to pay / not pay / partly pay for the usage of the device and services. It increases productivity In the recent times, many researches have been done on BYOD. It has been found that a significantly large number of organizations have already adopted BYOD and have seen a noteworthy increase in their employee’s productivity. When employees have the same device for personal and professional use, they tend to spend some time working at home as well. It provides flexibility BYOD has not just blurred the line between work and personal life. But it has also blurred geographical lines. Smartphones, tablets, laptops and similar devices has made it a lot cheap and easy for...