An Introduction to Web Application Development and Its Business Impact

Businesses worldwide use web applications to automate daily tasks and engage their customers better. So what are web applications exactly? They are programs that are located on servers which you can access by browsing on a website. The program will then run in your browser. Examples of web applications include, but are not limited to, the following: social networking, online booking, reservations, banking, interactive games, polls, and content management systems.

Client and server side scripting

Client side scripting is the code that is interpreted and executed by the browser to run the application. It uses languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ajax. Server side scripting, on the other hand, is the code is run exclusively by servers. It uses languages like PHP, ASP.NET, and Python.

Rapidly develop apps with frameworks

It is possible to build web applications quickly with frameworks. Frameworks are a collection of libraries, components, tools, and integrated developer environments (IDEs) that allow you to create complex apps by following a pre-existing structure. They separate programming logic from design, allowing designers and programmers to work together.

Following coding guidelines

Coding guidelines are there to help many people work on the same project together without trouble. They refer to coding logic, folder structure, and naming schemes being used in the project to help ensure everyone is on the same page. They allow apps to be maintained, tested, and updated easily.

Web application development

The web application development process will vary depending on the developers and the unique project. It involves the creation of a roadmap document, demographic research, technology selection (like .NET or PHP), third part tool selection, database selection and implementation, and the like.


Testing is paramount — it helps ensure the app well-made and bug-free. Some of the testing popularly conducted during and after development includes quality assurance, bug testing, usability, stress tests, load tests, compatibility, and security testing.

Why are they important for your business?

They enable your business to engage better with customers, streamline the internal workings of your department and generate multi-layer income streams from your clients or advertisers.

You can build powerful web applications with a minimum investment by tying up with a competent web development company like Openwave.