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Node.js and JS Foundation to Unify Communities: What This Essentially Means For Us

Node.js and JS Foundation to Unify Communities: What This Essentially Means For Us

The JavaScript foundation and the Node.js foundation recently announced an intent to merge their foundations to be able to serve their broad communities. “As the ecosystems for the JavaScript foundation continues to evolve, increased collaboration is very important to sustain continued and healthy growth.” – JS Foundation The JS foundation which was established in 2016 and the Node.js Foundation which was established in 2015, are the two main open-source foundations that focus solely on JavaScript. Both the foundations are of the belief that there needs to be tighter integration between both, to enable greater support for Node.js and a broader range of JavaScript projects. JavaScript is one of the most widely used core, high-level programming language of the World Wide Web (WWW). It was traditionally used to run on the client’s browser, as a client-side scripting language, to make the webpage work dynamically. It is an ever evolving and scaling language and is currently being used for creating JavaScript applications to run on the web, desktop and mobile too. JavaScript engines are now being embedded in other types of software like web servers, pdf, databases and in other run-time environments. Node.js is an open-source, JavaScript run-time environment which is used to execute the JavaScript code outside the client’s browser. That means it is used to run scripts on the server-side to create dynamic content before the page is sent to the client’s web browser. Node.js can also be used to write Command Line tools and Server-Side Scripting. It has an event-driven architecture which facilitates asynchronous input/output. Node.js is increasingly becoming more popular among developers and programmers and is one...
Working with Remote Tech Teams: Everything Product Agencies need to know

Working with Remote Tech Teams: Everything Product Agencies need to know

Phil is exasperated. The American product startup guy is in a need of some extra resources that can complement the efforts of his team. But, his Startup lacks both office space and funds for an in-house talent hiring. On the other side of the world, AB, a digital product agency based in Sydney is looking to expand their talent pool. They’ve recently closed an important deal and this new project will involve working with a new tech-stack- something their in-house development team is not familiar with. In both of the above-mentioned cases, the requirement is for a team of tech experts who are not tied down by the location-criterion and can be hired quick! The requirement is for global remote teams that can be hired on a turnkey basis. That essentially means- greater skill-sets, self-organization, longer hours of operations, higher productivity, and timely delivery with your little to no involvement. Having said that, working with remote teams is a discipline itself. There are pros and cons, challenges, management tools and much more for you to know before you collaborate with a remote colleague. Read on to know more! Fundamental Rules of Managing Remote Tech Teams Working successfully with remote teams has several advantages. But there are certain rules to be followed. These rules ensure a smooth progress of the product development as well as avoid problems that might arise within the team. Team composition: It is necessary to understand the team members – their strengths, weaknesses, sensitivities, and aspirations. That aside, maintaining a two-way transparency with team members is the key to managing the work efficiently. In general, the...
5 Reasons Why Digital “Transformation via Disruption” is not Always a Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Digital “Transformation via Disruption” is not Always a Good Idea

Opinion Post Undeniably, industries worldwide have always witnessed a high failure rate. Many small businesses succeed while, many more fail. Despite that every year even more enthusiasts take entrepreneurial plunge, which implies that multifarious emotions are attached to every business. Ergo, success and failure matter more than anything in the business world. In the midst of countless failing companies in the global economy, everyone is looking for the formula of long-term sustenance. Fundamentally, it is ‘continual reinvention of business’ aka ‘Transformation’. Millions of failure stories tell us what happens when one fails to acknowledge this. For instance, Friendster happened to be the first ever social network. It should have succeeded, but it didn’t. They even committed the worst mistake of rejecting Google’s purchase offer. Eventually, it could not keep up with the innovation and went southward. Blackberry phones that were just about the first smartphones people used are hard to find today for the same reasons. They could connect people with internet, offered a chat messenger BBM when no one else did. More or less, they had been disruptive pioneers who failed to keep in pace with adversaries and lost the grounds. On the other hand, Google Glass – being an amazing tech marvel- never witnessed commercial success, because it failed to carve a niche. The world is full of such high potential disruptions that failed. Those who are impatient to witness a steady transformation that takes time, tend to take the route of high-speed disruption. Although disruption is not necessarily the route of disorder, it is how they go about it. Digital Disruption & Digital Transformation: A Glimpse  Digital transformation...
React vs. Angular 5: Choosing the Right Front-end Technology for your Project

React vs. Angular 5: Choosing the Right Front-end Technology for your Project

React and Angular as front-end development framework may look similar but a comparative study helps to understand what is better for particular scenarios and further aid in choosing the right one. Front-end technologies enable web development companies to build applications that provide a  rich client experience. Among the most prominent of these front-end technologies are Angular and React, JavaScript frameworks that have taken the web by storm. Angular is from Google and React is from Facebook. Both Angular and React technologies are used for development of SPA pages. Both are open sourced, progressive and leading technologies across the world and have well-supported tools; however, they take two different approaches in HTML rendering. Thus, It is necessary to understand the unique points of each one in order to choose one of them for developing specific web applications. There are numerous pros and cons between React and Angular in terms of use, performance, applicability, and support. In this post, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about these two frameworks. Let’s begin with understanding a bit about Angular and React, shall we? About React The following features characterize ReactJS as a front-end development tool: A JavaScript library containing components for building user interfaces, particularly useful in SPA with React 15 being the salient release in the market. Used for lightweight applications with flexibility, responsiveness, and extensibility. Easier to learn in the beginning but takes longer to master as the documentation support is not of high standards. React JS development is useful for large web applications with frequently changing data. About Angular The following points highlight the salient points about Angular as...
Unbiased Tips to Set-up an Ultra-powerful Product Team- A Cheat Sheet for Startups

Unbiased Tips to Set-up an Ultra-powerful Product Team- A Cheat Sheet for Startups

Pondering over how Airbnb has more than 150 million users, or how Instagram thrived despite having no marketing budget initially? It’s because people have developed a trust with the products; the value and convenience they’ve added to their lives hit the rooftop and reached the sky. In this world of digital clutter, a (digital) product has to continually adapt to the changing and growing needs of the consumer. New startups are coming up every day, and while 9 out of 10 startups fail, the 1 that works is consistently making life more comfortable. Consider Zonka, a Customer Feedback App that collects customer reviews from diverse channels giving brands an insight into what their consumers need – eventually enhancing life for brands and consumers. The first step here is to find a real problem, a gap! The second step is to find holistic solutions which need a holistic team that puts their heads into developing and continually enhancing the solution, with a product. An integrated product team creates products with constant cooperation and technical prowess. Building a well-equipped team is imperative for startup product development. Now, Here’s how you can hire a holistic group of people for an insightful prototype development: Setting up a Holistic Product Team   1. Develop a Strategic Hiring Plan Define the scope of each role according to your end goal or the temporary goals of the product development. Then, select candidates through an engaging approach. During the interview, focus on getting relevant information about each person. Find out why the applicant wants to work with you, what are their soft skills and technical skills. Define and describe...
Why Laravel is THE PHP Framework for Startups

Why Laravel is THE PHP Framework for Startups

Laravel is one of the most optimum PHP framework available in the market. It is an open source framework developed by Taylor Otwell in 2011 that allows the PHP web applications to be built in the Model-View-Controller architectural pattern (MVC). The MVC pattern enables you to develop any kind of website in a hassle-free manner. Statistics                                The Laravel framework has seen a consistent rise in its usage over the past one year, with the top 1 million, top 100k, and top 10k websites showing a considerable increase in their numbers as compared to last year.  The United States leads the number of websites using the Laravel platform (9,341), followed by Netherlands (5,516), Brazil (4,765), and Russia (4,765). Why choose Laravel for your Startup? If you’re looking to build an e-commerce website or a portal for your startup, you will need a number of customizations and features to improve your website’s interactivity to engage your customers. Some of the salient factors that makes Laravel the ideal choice for your website are: Popularity Laravel offers you the support of a community of dedicated developers from all over the world. They can help you in fixing all your problems by providing standard solutions and tips to provide the best experience for you. In addition, Laravel also provides comprehensive documentation that allows you to self-learn and improvise with the different components of the framework. Enhanced Performance Every startup requires a certain level of performance booster to increase their popularity and clientele. Laravel provides a unique set of features such as...
Battle of the Mobile App Frameworks – React Native vs Native

Battle of the Mobile App Frameworks – React Native vs Native

Should I use React Native or a Hybrid framework that will be compatible with both platforms? Mobile phones have overtaken the market as the biggest contributor to business scalability. To nobody’s surprise, Mobile app development has gained itself an ‘evergreen’ status in the web development arena.   Post 2016, the worlds global mobile penetration has exceeded half the world’s population. The time spent on browsing through different apps has risen to 185 minutes on an average amongst the millennials and 110 minutes with Gen X– as per Statista.com.  Looking at the current trend, it is imperative that companies accommodate the usage of mobile apps to make their jobs simpler. And every application needs the right framework and platform to create it.  But, before we analyze which is better- Native apps or React Native Apps, let’s take a deep dive and understand what each of these actually mean. To React (Native) or to be Real? Showdown of the mobile app champs!   React Native React native has become a popular framework amongst developers to create user-friendly apps on Android as well as iOS. As per a report published by the Newstack.com, nearly 33% of employers need React skills in developers today. React Native began as Facebook’s internal hackathon plan and soon gained momentum amongst other web developers to create robust mobile applications. React native apps use both Javascript and React library and its precision lies in the fact that the code, to a large extent, is used for both iOS and Android platforms as they too are written in Javascript. Let us take a quick look at certain pros and cons of React Native....
Top Five Mobile UI/UX Trends Taking Shape In 2018

Top Five Mobile UI/UX Trends Taking Shape In 2018

Back in 90s, an infinite number of small text lines bragged around and simple Times New Roman or Arial texts filled up the webpage. Today, just adding blobs of text won’t do anymore. In fact, unlike the past century, owning a website is no more a costly affair. With the evolving trends and competitive business arena, it is vital for a cutting-edge UI/UX design team to understand the minds of people. Cut-short; using the right combination of technology and art, that’s what UI/UX design is all about in 2018. Let us see what is currently trending in this domain. Mid- year Review: Mobile UI/UX Trends 2018 1. Full-screen, HD Experiences This is the new age of Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X. The trend that has caught user attention is frameless design. There is more screen space available for user. This makes them expect full-screen experiences. The main reason behind this expectation is that you have the ability to take elements and create stunning user experience. With this, you can sort out any unwanted distractions. This would also improve the focus on the task in-hand. Hence people prefer it much. 2. HD Images, videos Quality matters. The pixelated images will no more appeal to the people. Users expect HD images which are clear and flawless. Research shows that the human attention period has drastically reduced from 12 to eight seconds. Hence HD Video-based UI is expected by most of the users. Not only this, Hubspot stated that 78% people do watch online videos on a weekly basis. 55% of the videos is habitual to watching videos per day. Hence...
Outsourcing Development? Tips to Protect your IP

Outsourcing Development? Tips to Protect your IP

There are plenty of ways to protect the Intellectual Property for the outsourced development work! Introduction   Information Technology outsourcing accounts for 72.3% of the technology outsourcing spendings (USD 88.9 billion) in 2017, according to recent reports from Statista. Outsourcing is an imperative part of the global world. It is viable and often a necessary option for businesses looking to expand their product-range or services. However, this option comes with a caveat if not handled properly— the potential risk to your Intellectual Property (IP). Since the developed application is your property, it becomes necessary to take some steps to ensure the property remains under your ownership. Irrespective of whether your company is a startup or up-and-running company it is advised to seriously consider IP protection. Your outsourcing contracts must include clauses and thoughts that help you to protect your IP. While most of the IP protection processes are time consuming and expensive, it may prove worthwhile step at a later stage. IP are assets and have significant value and must be protected; here are some tips and steps that would provide some inputs to keep your IP rights intact. IP Rights and Outsourcing There are many reasons for outsourcing technology work like web development services, the following are some of them: Cost reduction by outsourcing from low-cost location Tax and business benefits for doing business in some countries Effective tapping of specific skills and striking the balance between knowledge, skill and labor costs. Opening up newer markets by expanding presence into newer locations Mitigation of certain work and business-related risks such as HR delays, attrition, and scalability. Balancing the...
Everything You Need To Know About PHP 7

Everything You Need To Know About PHP 7

PHP has cemented its place in the list of hottest backend technologies since its inception in 2005. It is loved equally by both developers and businesses looking for faster, better websites. PHP’s stable popularity worldwide can be credited to frequent, smarter releases. They started with PHP Tools back in 1995 and now have PHP 7. The latest version (PHP 7.3) is set to release in December this year. Take a look at PHP’s impressive statistics: About 83.6% of the websites on the internet use PHP, according to a recent stats by W3techs (June 2018). Of which, 15.3% use PHP 7. Which is a good number considering how new it is; 7.2.8, the newest version, was released on July 19, 2018 (just two weeks ago). In this article, we will discuss everything that’s groundbreaking about PHP 7 and how can your business benefit from it. Let’s start with new features in PHP 7: What’s New In PHP 7? Since PHP offers stupendous features which promise less maintenance and operation costs, it is good for Enterprises to beverage this new version of PHP. Some of the stan-attractors are as follows: Newer Zend Engine (Zend Engine 2) The main objective behind the Zend Engine is to reduce the memory consumption. This helps Enterprises with large data availability. Zend Engine 2 is more scalable, reliable and better. It also boasts a reduced number of servers. This is to add great value to the user experience. Takeaway: Since a business would require a better system with less memory consumption and more users, this feature is more helpful to them in a lot of ways....