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Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence - Future of Digital Learning

Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence - Future of Digital Learning

Emerging technologies have called in for a reformation in the education sector big time. Traditional tools of learning are getting replaced with tools that are enabled by the power of technology. Prominent education enterprises have switched to AI embedded tools to provide its students with the benefit of digital learning.

The amalgamation of learning with novel technologies should be a must-inclusion rather than a choice. Digital learning comes with a bundle of advantages like flexibility, accessibility and affordability. Many organizations have now integrated digital training into their employee development program because it is cheaper, is engaging and also helps in employee retention.

From a business perspective, the Digital learning market has indeed taken rapid strides. As per the reports from Stratistics MRC, the global digital learning market reached $165.21 billion in 2015. The prediction of this figure is bound to expedite by reaching $275.10 billion in 2022.

Why AI based chatbots?

With AI based chatbots, bots have become smart and intelligent enough to tackle complex issues. Conversations have become interesting, engaging and to the point. Chatbots also learn from every conversation. The older the archives are for the conversation, the better the chatbot functions in improving its productivity and response. It also helps companies understand what customer needs and their choice.

If AI is not embedded in your chatbot, it is no better than an online FAQ. With sentiment and intent analysis now in the picture, chatbots are able to make intelligent observations thanks to ML and DL. The diagram below will depict the differences between chatbot with and without AI.

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Essentials of AI-enabled chatbots in digital learning

According to a study by Fosway Group on ‘Digital Learning Realities Research and Learning Technologies’, digital learning is mainly required on the mobile platform and the ability to research and extract deep learning are the key requirements.

Keeping this in mind let us see its essentials:

1. Conversation-focused: Digital learning designs and structures will swivel from programmed responses to fixed commands to chatbots that interact in a manner as good as humans do it. With the help of NLP, AI will ask its learners what sort of help they need and then discern from those interactions so that the AI based chatbots can help learners proactively.

Creating these chatbots on PHP frameworks is very cheap because it is open-sourced and has abundant libraries to work with API. JavaScript frameworks like ReactJs also provide high-level features which your bots will need. I

*2. AI- focussed: *AI enabled chatbots also help deliver experience based on past chats. With ML and deep learning embedded chatbot also takes note of the requirement of learners by inferring from context and content.

3. Ubiquitous learning: Chatbot development companies will ensure that developers create platforms that can function:

  • Across all devices including laptops, tablets, phones and wearable devices.
  • At any location because learning should not be geographically restricted.
  • In multiple nodes like hand-scripting, speech and keyboard.
  • On the basis of demand rather than a rigid schedule.
  • With its omnipresence chatbots becomes a very convenient facet to digital learning which is lacking nowadays.

4. Proactive learning: Chatbot with AI enable learners to learn effectively. Over a period of time chatbots can understand the preferences of learners. They can then proactively simplify, sequence and recommend content based on the learning capacity of the students.

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Chatbots as Digital learning tools

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For learners and trainers, AI enabled chatbots present a world of opportunities.

To explain with an instance, LMS Software today initiated the concept of learn-as-you-like. This means that learning is important and if learning happens in the manner a student desires, then the content can be accessed anywhere on any platform. For doubts raised students can get instant reply through the message interfaces that the chatbot offers.

With chatbot technology learning and development also has switched to a one-on-one teaching methodology making interactive learning in a dialogue format with the device. Chatbots also function as Virtual teaching assistants with the support of content in the form of links, images and videos.

Chatbots usually:

  • Concentrate on a distinct use-case
  • Provide a service
  • Use natural language to perform a task
  • Focus on answering specific types of questions
  • Contextual chatbots provide intelligent answers because they know what customers want.

- Are more intuitive than applications that you have never used before and they cruise between screens/tabs/menus/etc.

Once a conversation comes to a point where the chatbot does not know what to do it will either attempt to deflect the conversation or switch the conversation over to a real person with the human-take over feature.

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How can AI-powered chatbots provide a personalized digital learning experience

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AI leverages learning speed and applies instructional approach towards education programs. Chatbots with AI are proficient in resolving customer queries thereby increasing the speed of learning. Learners can study at their own pace irrespective of how they study.

Through AI students can also get personalized online tutoring like Chemistry Guru outside the classroom. When the students get an assignment they can reinforce their skills because AI provides additional tools to complete your learning successfully.

Duolingo’s chatbot is a riveting example of how digital assistants can help to generate interactive learning experiences. Learners can have interactions with different bots, each with offbeat personality traits and likes.

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AI based Chatbots in organizational training and development - The future ahead

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The full potential of chatbots are yet in the exploration mode. In recruitment, selection and training, chatbots can be used to improve workflow. In 2020 it is estimated that chatbots will perform a major role in the HR operations of organizations. Chatbots with AI will have a major role to play as an interface between staff and database. Thanks to these technologies, organizations also will save costs due to lower human involvement.

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What is the future?

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AI infused chatbots are beginning to share a symbiotic relationship with the learning methodologies. With optimum use of technology and human mind, AI enabled chatbots can serve as a futuristic platform to guide the students towards a brighter direction.

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Learn about all the new features of Angular 9

Learn about all the new features of Angular 9

Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and its components such as blockchain, ML, NLP all point out towards one thing; that is, businesses in the future will be data-driven and these emerging technologies will assist organizations to use up every iota of data to achieve it.

The article speaks about the most upcoming and prominent web development trends for 2020 that also includes some of the most path-breaking development in web technologies.

1. Artificial Intelligence & Analytics

AI is gradually becoming the be-all and end-all of our lives. Our business interactions have become empowered thanks to some of the tools of AI that have given companies a weapon to analyze trends. Data analytics, AI and machine learning (ML) intermixed together has exposed an entirely different world of business solutions. AI form an integral part of data science that works in conjunction with machine learning that signifies the capabilities of machines to learn from the previous behavior of the users and serve the user with intelligence imitating human intellectual capacities.

A host of JavaScript frameworks like React and Angular empowers developers and software development companies allow for immaculate AI solutions effortlessly. Just a few lines of code and importing pre-defined libraries of code while developing an application with React Native/ VR, AngularJS, or Node JS helps to develop ingenious business solutions leveraging artificial intelligence efficiencies effortlessly. JavaScript frameworks are easy and simple to use.

2. Programming Languages

A programming language is the crux of application development. Ever since programming languages came into being, languages like C have powered the programmers with control over executables and applications at the memory level. Cross-platform application development supports both compiler-based languages and interpreter based languages in order to deliver the desired results.

Web development can not be possible without a programming language. Various web development and programming languages such as Java, C#, Objective C, C++, R, Laravel, Python, etc. have been adopted for developing native, hybrid and cross-platform applications.

Python has seen a major evolution in terms of its functionality. Python is an open-source language that allows taking advantage of pre-defined code libraries enabling scriptwriting and integrations of plug-ins. Python also has a commendable community support structure because it is highly effective in developing interactive, scalable and strong web applications.

3. Internet of Things (IoT)

What if we tell you that you can control your electronic device with just one command! We are sure this is something you would love to do. With the use of the Internet of things or IoT home device controlling has become a cakewalk.

Smart homes embedded with IoT is a concept that is seeing bright sunlight. The development of various software applications that leverages full-functionality to manage and control home-based appliances. IoT is a system of interconnected devices, objects, people or animals having assigned identifiers that allows for the exchange of data across a network without the need for human-to-machine or human-to-human interaction.

The home innovation ideas with IOT are skyrocketing and so is the development of various software applications that channelize full-functionality to manage and control home appliances.

4. Distribution Cloud

The distributed cloud is in vogue and is been used append data and applications served from multiple geographic locations. The increasing demand for data centers have driven cloud providers to provide distributed cloud services.

In the context of Information technology, distributed cloud implies that information is shared across diverse systems and platforms which may differ in location. The main benefit provided by the distributed cloud is the speeding up of communication for global services which leads to receptive communication for any picked region. The distributed cloud is scattered across various public cloud locations outside the boundaries of the physical data centers devised by the cloud provides yet controlled and managed by the providers. The year that is 2020 is expected to be high on a distributed cloud platform.

5. Voice Search and NLP

Voice search is trending and is trending big. It is used is developing intuitive web and mobile applications. Assistants like Cortana, Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, and Echo are embraced by users worldwide as they do not support voice search by making users feel more comfortable using search engines to gather the desired information. NLP also is trending high and is a pseudoscientific approach that helps in communication mostly used in personal development and psychotherapy. NLP applications are extensively used in industry verticals like psychotherapeutic, medicine, sports, sales, public speaking, and many others.

6. Motion UI

Yet another emerging technology in web applications is motion UI. the availability of powerful tools supporting animations makes the base of Motion UI. It helps in augmenting conversions with interactive web UI’s. Motion user creates alliances that help developers generate transition and motion effects within native apps. The modern version of Motion UI endows scalable patterns of CSS with a gamut of JavaScript libraries while allowing coherent animation integration into the websites.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain was introduced with the motive of developing cryptocurrencies that could be used on the net. But in web development also it has made inwards due to its unique offerings. Blockchain is an allocated ledger that has an exhaustive list of immutable transactional records that are signed cryptographically by the user and placed in a sequential manner in the network. In the forthcoming years, Blockchain is stated to gain importance, especially when used pragmatically.

8. Single Page Applications (SPA)

A single-page application is receiving a lot of traction because they help in developing resources and aids in faster loading. It aids end-users to find short, crisp and accurate information without going haywire. With SPA the data is placed in correct places that will motivate customers. The intermingling interactive elements and futuristic technology such as voice search helps businesses to attain a higher rate of conversion and hence SPA ranks high in the top trends of web development for 2020.

9. Chatbots and Customer Support

The power of being there for your customers every day and always is the brain-idea behind chatbots. Chatbots imitate human characters and are programmed intelligently with pre-stored information to improve customer interaction and offer support round the clock.

The main motive of setting-up chatbots is to elevate business performance while making the customer conversations more interactive to keep the customers feel bonded with business significantly It is predicted that by 2020 the chatbots and AI-enabled technical customer support will be implemented by more than 80% of businesses. (source: dzone.com)

10. Human Augmentation

This trending technology is the application of scattered technology modules that help to improve cognitive and physical experiences in humans. It makes use of CRISPR technology to elevate genes.

To gain an ambitious edge in developing state of the art solutions worldwide, make sure you watch and follow the above-listed trends in 2020. This year is all set to make some revolutionary developments that would take the web development to the next level.

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Things you need to know about Google’s new ML-powered voice recording app

Things you need to know about Google’s new ML-powered voice recording app

Google is heavily investing its resources in AI and Machine learning research intending to shell out products and services for the future. So whether it has to do with computational photography or email suggestion features Google has always been active on this front. Recently Google also launched the famed “Google Recorder”. You might wonder that there are several voice recorder apps in the market so why this? But we all know it, if it is from Google it has to be a contender for the top slot!

Before we explore further, let us see whether Google reads the race or not! And, Yes we see right there that Google has done a great job when it comes to AI-based research and launches.

The recently launched Google Recorder app is one of the applications that has been powered by a Machine Learning algorithm that transcribes audio with an unparalleled precision rate. It is not as if Google had not experienced failures with Google Clips but this app has in it those features that can make it an astounding success. It is currently available on Google’s flagship mobile brand Pixel 4 but application developers are also researching further to make it available on Android platforms.

Let’s dig deeper!

*But first, What is Machine learning? *

It is a component of Artificial intelligence that thrives on two functionalities namely learning and adapting. So, it is infusing Machine Learning algorithms into programs that learn from a load of data and adapts in accordance with the data.

Still not clear?

Ok, let’s make it easier for you.

Machine learning is a theory in which a computer program learns, deciphers and adapts without the need for any human intervention. Machine learning deals with hordes of data also known as Big Data which it uses, make sense out if based on the algorithms given.

Let’s also see some facts to throw light on Machine Learning.

  • Global machine learning is expected to reach $20.83B by 2024 from a humble $1.58B in 2017
  • The CAGR is expected to go up by 44.06% between a 7 year period from 2017 to 2024
  • AI revenues also will shoot up from $10.1B in 2018 to $126B by 2025 as per Tractica.

More about Google Recorder

Google recorder functions in real-time and is an app that records audios and deciphers it, converts it into text which has the capability of being edited. The best part which sets it apart from its competitors is that it also functions offline. As a matter of fact, the user does not even have to give a separate command to transcribe because it is automatic.

6 things you must know about the Google recorder

Embracing the Edge-first model design

Companies came with the Mobile-first design concept to develop their apps for a rich mobile experience followed by the desktop version. We are aware that Machine Learning based applications run on a cloud that makes the app slower and riskier considering the security issue. But Google recorder has been developed using the RNN-T transducer model which is the reason behind the sturdiness of the google voice recording app. It uses a single neural network which is considered best for decoding errors. If companies are looking to develop apps that have a larger shelf life then it has to move away from the traditional school of thought.

*Better technology stack *

The app has been created using Swift in conjunction with TensorFlow. This has proven to be a great collaboration because it has converted into a faster app development time and enhanced performance. Swift and TensorFlow have done the trick for them, and for future ML apps too this seems like a great proposition.

Functionality of transcribing

Now, we all know that the app generates at the moment transcriptions of the audio recording. The interpreted text can be scanned pretty easily. This implies that if you are looking for a particular word, you can simply search the word without facing the difficulty of listening to the entire audio. The interpreter or transcribing functionality of the google voice recording app is what makes it stand out.

The on-device speech recognition model allows the app to transcribe drawn-out audios files up to a few hours. The words so recorded are graphed to the timeline of the recording. When the user taps on a particular word in the transcription piece, the audio will start playing from that point onwards.

Apprehend the sounds

The much considered contorted neural network has been used to connect different sounds to colors. The users can listen to different sounds like a dog barking or a honk and depending on the intensity of the sound, a color will be assigned in the waveform. Just by looking at it, users will be able to visualize sounds. It also audits the varied sounds and initiates every 50ms in a 960ms time period. This will aid users to pinpoint the start and end time eliminating errors. Google recorder also has a sliding window which gives sigmoid scores vector as an output.

*Title and tag suggestions
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Just when the recording completes, the app also provides suggestions on titles and tags based on the nature of the audio. Grammar connotations and term incidences help it do this. These terms are segregated as entities and are capitalized. With the help of the predetermined algorithm, it buttons down the parts of speech and gives scoring based on the quality of content. The final selection of words would then become the title or tag of the text.

User Privacy

As seen earlier, if the ML has been constructed on a cloud platform, the app performance slows down and user data stands unprotected. When Machine learning deduces data, it makes available Big data on cloud platform which is accessible to everyone. Your personal details also are at stake but Google understands that your privacy matters. The data that you record and save can be a family meeting or an important lawyer conversation. By making it available offline there is no chance it is accessible to an open platform to take advantage of. There is no need for you to transfer the data to the cloud.

So far so good!

We have covered quite a great deal about the acclaimed Google recorder and we as users have to see why Machine Learning is a big thing that needs to be done the Google way.

It is high time we humans use AI and ML as tools instead of competing against it. If research is headed in the right direction, the future looks bright.

If you want to make mobile applications like AI and ML powered for your business feel free to connect us at Chapter 247, our eclectic team will guide and work with you to achieve the effect.

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Smart classroom technology- IoT in Education Industry

Smart classroom technology- IoT in Education Industry

IoT for schools has been a great endowment to the education industry like it has been for many industries. IoT in the education industry has expanded boundaries and also created many learning opportunities by providing a competitive set of tools to educators thereby smoothening the process of learning.

A popular news broadcaster categorically mentioned that California in 2009 passed a law that demanded every college textbook to take the electronic form by 2020. Florida also two years later passed yet another law that demanded public schools to convert their textbooks into digital versions. Many nations are now resorting to smart classes to embrace the latest technology trends for the educational industry. Among these technology trends, IoT is considered the best of the lot.

What is the Internet Of Things?

IoT refers to the zillions of all around the world that are connected to the internet. It finally boils down to the collection and sharing of data. With technological advances, digital intelligence is the new key. Devices are not as dumb as they used to be because of the newfound capability of communicating with real-time data without any human involvement. It acts as a bridge between the virtual digital world and the real physical world.

Key applications of IoT in the education industry

Smart Attendance tracking system

The colossal benefits of having a smart tracking attendance ecosystem are:

Data redundancy has reduced considerably with 99% of the data being trustworthy.
Smart-tracking the location of the student is now just a click away.
IoT powered biometric devices have helped institutions to strengthen their security.
Students are more regular to classes.
Report generation has become way easier because of the benefit of downloadable reports.

Usage of Smart Boards

Many educational institutions who have embraced technology for schools wholeheartedly have imbibed the use of smart boards. They are highly interactive and make learning a fun experience. You can well dissect an animal without actually dissecting it thanks to the smart boards that make learning a real-time experience. Also, your physical books also have a shelf-life because the rate at which information is changing, updating the textbooks might not always be possible, but learning composition on these IoT devices can be updated as and when the need arises.

Increased security

Every educational industry has a responsibility to ensure that their students learn in a safe environment. Institutions can invest their resources in real-time monitoring through devices like CCTV, Wi-Fi-based clocks and amplifiers. Instant alerts can be gotten if there is any emergency giving them headway to tackle the situation better.

IoT for addressing disability needs

Students facing the wrath of learning disabilities will stand out to benefit due to the IoT enabled learning system. Smart classroom technology has enabled slow learners to learn at their own pace. Also for those who suffer from hearing disability can convert audio files into texts all thanks to the IoT devices and its wonders.

Hand-held devices

IoT in the education industry has ensured that mobiles and hand-held devices are not considered a curse to society. Technology Trends for the educational industry require the use of these devices for the Millenials. With education reaching these devices, the focus has been shifted from viewing objectionable content to educational content. IoT is able to successfully use sensors to garner data and provide topics based on the interests of the students.

The devices coming under the umbrella of IoT for schools are

  • Interactive smart whiteboards.
  • Attendance tracking system.
  • Safety measures for secure school or college environment.
  • HVAC system.
  • Sensors for temperatures.

Advantages of IoT is schools

The increase in student engagement has been mammoth. Interactive learning was devised with the ulterior motive of putting student’s needs ahead and presenting educational content in a manner that will prove to be engaging and interesting. The curiosity levels of students increases and learning becomes a fun exercise.

The workload of teachers reduces thereby increasing their efficiency. They can now generate direct reports on several aspects which they had to handle themselves earlier. Grading and deep analysis of performance become way easier and the teachers can concentrate on better delivery.

Teachers can also bring a sea-change in the manner a topic is been presented. With the power of the internet and modern tools and devices, delivery and pedagogy have surely seen the light of the day. Smart classroom technology includes the use of smart microphones that has enabled students to get automatic updates on homework and assignments.

The weaknesses of the students are effectively captured because the teachers are well aware that not all students share the same capability. Teachers can pool in efforts to provide certain modules that can prove to be fruitful for such students.
Instructors now just do not have to bore the students with their lectures. They can now interact with several devices to make it an interesting experience for the students.

Despite IoT for schools being a desirable transition every educational organization wants to inculcate, it still is not completely mainstream. We all know that it will become dominant but we will have to organically make changes. It is important for educational groups to recognize where they are faltering and see if that can be resolved with IoT.

IoT in the education industry is surely a game-changer and a thing that has great longevity.

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Top 5 PHP frameworks for enterprise web application development

PHP frameworks are considered the best for creating web applications and developers from all across the world have tried and tested a lot of frameworks but still stick to choose the different PHP frameworks due to its good attributes. This article is about the top 5 PHP frameworks that are considered best for web application development.

The list has been curated based on their popularity and features that make them omnipresent in most of the web applications that we see today because a close to 82.4% of all websites have at least one aspect of PHP framework in their coding.

The need to use a PHP framework

PHP framework provides a unified approach to the entire web development process. The key is to use it for the right parts especially to speed up the development process. With the use of the PHP framework overall system responsiveness increases. In 2020, PHP frameworks will indeed continue to shine brighter than ever.

Reasons to use PHP frameworks

Creating web applications means generating thousands of lines of code adding to the monotony of the developers. PHP frameworks can be the best solution because it provides the convenience of reusing codes and delivering flexible web applications. Working on PHP frameworks are not only meant for those who already share a vast experience, but it is also for those who are beginners and are looking to start working on it.

Let’s also check the reasons why working on a PHP framework surely is a good idea.

1.) Task-oriented -PHP is considered the optimum fit for a majority of web application development tasks. Dynamic content contributes to the enhancement of user experience which also helps in making applications super-interactive.

2.) *Easy modification of server files - * Files on the server can be easily altered along with the facilitation of several operations like creation, opening, and reading of the file. The ability to extract data without the need to manually convert it also is a blessing with PHP frameworks.

3.) Simple to learn - The syntax of the PHP framework is similar to C and C++. This shows that programmers who know these languages will find it very easy to learn the language. The resource availability also is easy because of the immense popularity it enjoys.

4.) Avoids compatibility problems - PHP framework is compatible with several platforms such as Chrome, Firefox and even Opera. It goes equally well with several databases and can be used for cross-platform application development purposes.

_Let us discuss our top picks and the picks are only because we see it has a great future and applicability.
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Laravel Framework

The Laravel framework saw its inception in 2011 and is considered one of the most popular open-source frameworks to hit the market. For the most complicated tasks, developers tend to rely on this framework because of the ease of handling and robust security measures it offers compared to other frameworks. The development process is simplified because the routine processes of caching and authentication become highly simplified. Laravel is the best fit for any project large or small, simple or complicated. Its MVC architecture, template engine view, and unmatchable security features make it one of the top preferred languages in the PHP framework.

CodeIgniter framework

After Laravel we see Codeigniter as the other PHP framework that is dependable for dynamic web applications. It has several in-built elements and components which can be reused for building strong applications. The CI framework is lightweight and is a binding framework with an easy set-up procedure. Even for beginners, the framework is considered appropriate chiefly because it is based on MVC architecture, has security tools and its error handling is sturdy.

Symfony

This is one of the oldest frameworks that was established in 2005. It is also regarded as a mature application that works on the MVC pattern and has comprehensive solutions in its spectrum of attributes. It meets all the benchmarked web standards and also has easy configuration and set up options. The feature that helps it stand out is the database engine-independence feature and its ability to integrate easily with vendor resources.

Yii2

It is a simple framework that is considered excellent for small modern-day web applications. It is easy to install and has reliable security features which are considered great for e-commerce portals which are high on dynamicity. Developers and coders can refrain from writing dull and dreary SQL statements which also models Object-related database data. The community and resources of Yii2 also are increasing by the day with every single line of code fit to be customized.

Slim

It is a micro PHP framework that has minimum features but is considered powerful for those apps that do not require full-blown features to make excellent web applications. It is very simple for its sphere of work especially with smaller applications it is considered a good option. Slim has some great features like cookie encryption, HTTP caching, URL routing, etc. For RESTful API’s developers use slim.

The road ahead

With these frameworks, it is clear that PHP frameworks have become an essential element for superior web applications. You can hire laravel developers or hire Codeigniter developers depending on the complexity of the project. To decide on which language to choose, it is important to analyze the requirements of it and where you want to drive it.

We hope that our list helps you solve the mystery!

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Progressive Web Applications — New Era of Mobile App Development

Progressive Web Applications — New Era of Mobile App Development

The mobile application development has been inundated and overwhelmed with the importance of Progressive web application development. Companies are increasingly oriented their strategies towards progressive web applications and the reason for this changeover is there is a much visible increase in the conversion rates contributing to their business.

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What is a progressive web application?

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Progressive applications are hybrid applications that possess the characteristics of a smart native app but are loaded with a browser. A disruptive technology of sorts, it is a cross-germination of the best of both websites as well as mobile apps. It is treated like any other website by Google rendering it highly indexable. Progressive web applications can also be opened on handheld devices and will have all the benefits that a native app will provide. The best part is that unlike a native app, it doesn’t need to be installed.

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Why use Progressive web applications?

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The webmasters can let the content be made available in a variety of ways. One way is to make the website sharp enough so that responsive web design can be implemented. If this is how the webmaster goes about it, it means that irrespective of the device, the content will be visible easily and the display will be as good as an app. But there are also webmasters who prefer to use native apps to provide information. But apps have a different program application and needs to be installed on your device to access it. Native apps are also closed systems and cannot be traced with search engine operations.

*Progressive apps can help users to: *

  • Get their hold on any content on the device.
  • Experience high-definition user experience.
  • Will enable websites to load quickly.
  • Even in weak connection scenarios, web content should be accessible.

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How do Progressive web applications work?

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The foundation of the progressive web application development is done on service workers which defined JavaScript files. They automatically conduct caching in the background and can also work offline. Delays in calling a totally different page also get eliminated with progressive web applications. When the progressive web application is built with the functionality of the service worker it enables the app to work offline. The needs and tasks of service workers are already pre-defined as a script and kept separately. This enables the proper configuration of the programming elements. So the PWA can load the content before the URL link is been clicked on.

If the progressive web application has to work, it requires an application shell that ensures that the mobile view is adjusted according to the browser’s device type. Application shell also ensures the designing, appeal and look of the app is like a native application. For dynamic loading of the content, application shells are used.

After discussing the top two components it is also important to see the third most crucial component namely the web app manifest. The JSON file is saved on the server which helps the user save progressive web application after it has been called. It need not be installed as a whole but the skeleton is saved in the form of app shell. It also aids the user to save the app icon on the home screen so that it is easily visible and also ensure that the looks and functionalities are intact.

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PWA’s and the future of mobile application development.

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After our understanding of the in and out of progressive web application, the future of mobile application development also seems bright.

Native benefits of PWA’s can be enjoyed

By now we know that progressive web applications are a fine blend of native and web pages. The best part is that they are accessible both offline and online. It enables the use of cached data depending on the user’s browsing history. For those businesses who have elaborate catalogs to display as a part of their strategy usually suffer from large waiting time. As a consequence, sometimes the users abandon the app as the catalog needs reloading every time you want to see it. But with progressive web application user need not load the catalog which automatically increases user retention.

Economically beneficial

Progressive web applications work way cheaper compared to a web page or a native app. Since it works on multi-platform it automatically translates into reduced costs.

Ease of installation

Installation is a smooth process because there is less human involvement in its installation, unlike the native applications. To install them the user is not directed towards any app store because they automatically get downloaded onto a mobile device. You can also explore the different progressive web applications from their directory like** Outweb.io** and PWA rocks.

Progressive web applications have URLs like a regular website. They are capable of easy linking and are indexable. Companies who thrust a lot of importance on Search Engine optimization also will stand to benefit as these techniques are applicable even on Progressive web application. Search engines have access to data of the user based on their behavior of the application. This will help mobile development companies to explore analytics which will help them craft strategies for sure.

They also seem like a regular website and are capable of easy linking and indexing. Nowadays a lot is about how your webpage is ranking and whether it is able to garner user retention. That’s why SEO is an important part of digital marketing driving user traffic to your web page. Mobile development companies also can install features of analytics that will help organizations to derive benefit out of analyzing customer behavior on your app.

Development of progressive web applications also required following some provisions for best practices which when followed will enable the progressive web application to rank high. Some of the most common best practices are

  • Content is crawlable
  • The URL structure is exclusive
  • Web design is scalable
  • Canonical tags are picked out separately
  • Push Notifications

These are small messages that appear on your mobile devices after the progressive web application has been installed on our home screens. They look like a regular message and will contain updates about the app. They are a very handy feature for progressive web applications.

A progressive web application is looked upon as a major disruptive technology looking to change the way web apps are created and interpreted. Many companies are furthering their investment in it to ensure they do not miss out on the benefits of its features. Apart from reducing the loading time, they also have proven to be the driving force for increased user engagement and conversions.

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What Makes MEAN the best Tech-Stack for your Software Development

What Makes MEAN the best Tech-Stack for your Software Development

In recent years, many development technologies have been formulated intermittently. They are created to fulfill several needs which the earlier technologies have failed to accomplish. Newer technologies used for software development renders services to satisfy the ever-growing demands of digital transformation. Among these technologies, MEAN stack is one such tech stack that has been able to satiate the growing demands of digital renovation. Today, MEAN stack is employed by leading software development companies across the world due to the several advantages it offers.

Before getting versed with MEAN stack in detail; an understanding of tech stack will help.

What is a tech stack?

They are a set of tools that are used for software application development. They are a combination of various software applications, languages, and frameworks which form an important part of software application development. They have two parts namely: the client-side also known as front-end in addition to the server-side also known as the backend.

What is a MEAN stack?

A strong digital presence is a must for both start-ups and established organizations. In order to do that, MEAN stack is considered the most popular tech stack and considered the most popular of all. It is the acronym of MongoDB, ExpressJs, Angular and NodeJs. All of its elements are open-source and it has a user-friendly full-stack framework and is effective in building dynamic applications. They are also fast-paced which uses a single programming language making the jobs easier for MEAN stack developers. MEAN stack is not just applied for web applications but it is equally applicable for mobile applications.

Unraveling the MEAN stack

MongoDB

Mongo DB is a storehouse of application data. When the object travels in the software, the precondition to translate it is eliminated because both the application and the database use JavaScript. It is highly scalable and is considered a great option for overall management of data regardless of its size. It is also easy to add fields easing out the work of MEAN stack developers.

Stackoverflow the popular Q&A site has a greater number of tags registered for Mongo DB as against other Big Data technologies.

Express Js

This is the back-end framework of MEAN stack applications. It enables easy communication between the database and the front-end web applications. With Express Js the efforts required by MEAN stack developers for overwriting variables are eradicated.

*Angular
*

Angular is a front-end framework used for developing client-side applications. It has many easy to use templates. Revisiting historical data from the past one year will help us understand how well Angular is performing.

Node JS

The foundation of Express Js is on Node Js. It regularly interacts with Angular for swift data serving. With an in-built web server MEAN stack, developers can initialize Mongo DB on the cloud. Its associations with low resource requests are much better compared with heavy resourced requests.

Benefits of using MEAN stack for software development

*Expressive flexibility
*

MEAN stack developers can test the application on the cloud easily with MEAN stack. It also helps them to implement proper test measures smoothly. The automatic reproduction with full-cluster support is plausible in the case of Mongo DB.

Profitable to use

The resources in terms of MEAN stack developers required are very few compared to other tech stacks. A majority of the stacks need the developers to be well-versed with MySQL and PHP. With MEAN stack the developer has to be well-versed with JavaScript making it cost-effective. Its community and ecosystem also are open-source and absolutely free. Codes also can be reused leading to a reduction in the overall development time.

Easier Isomorphic coding

Apparently, the best advantage it comes with is the Isomorphic coding. Its ability to transfer codes from one framework to another is simple. With this comes the benefit of increased productivity and improved performance. Data transfers happen in the JSON type.

Compatible with Cloud

Due to its compatibility with Cloud MEAN stack makes use of libraries and public resources causing a definite reduction in the cost of software development. Disk space also reduces with easy integration with cloud functionalities.

Reusability and high speed

It has a non-blocking architecture that enables MEAN stack development faster with reusable codes and components. AngularJS offers better UI libraries for easier compatibility with HTML. The two-way data binding feature helps in the clear separation of Presentation from the UI logic at the different layers of software development. Seamless reuse of libraries also is possible for the client and server-side development.

Use of single language

MEAN stack implies a single code usage at the client and server-side. For MEAN stack developers both backend and frontend are very simple to understand and learn. Even the development process is easy making it simpler to understand the fine nuances of the software development process.

Quality assurance

Software development with a MEAN stack development company will support automated testing. MEAN stack developers will instantly know whenever there is any breakage in the features. Hiring MEAN stack developers means a constant watch on the quality of the development. Hence the best way to manage quality is to blend it with the developmental stage.

JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)

JSON is present in all the layers of the MEAN stack. Node and Angular offer JSON. Mongo DB also stores the data in JSON format. JSON and MEAN stack go hand in hand because it enables the smooth flow of data.

Conclusion

MEAN stack has earned the reputation of providing seamless business operations and large-scale OS compatibility. With its advantages listed out in the article, organizations should take firmer steps to ingrain MEAN stack development in their projects for easy scalability and better streamlining of the workflow.

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What is PWA (Progressive Web Application) and how it can Transform your Online Presence?

What is PWA (Progressive Web Application) and how it can Transform your Online Presence?

Mobile apps have become a crucial part and parcel of our life. Progressive web applications were conceived by Google in 2015. By adding the term progressive, it was implied how the end-user progressively builds relationships with an app that is long-lasting and powerful.

Developers increasingly are preferring to create progressive web applications because they have the ability to load faster and also perform much better than its corelatives; native apps and web pages. They are websites that look and feel like an app but are still websites.

Hence progressive web application development necessarily can become a part of your system and also work offline. If you work on chrome with the essential flags on, then the user will automatically be directed to install the app when the website is visited.

Cool facts about Progressive web applications

With the promise of faster loading times that progressive web applications bring, businesses can enjoy undeniable benefits of augmented conversion rates. Back in 2017, Lancome converted into a progressive web application format that translated into a 17% increase in conversions.

For increased customer engagement swift navigation, quick prompts and better browser compatibility with easy responsiveness are powerful metrics that come with Progressive web applications. The progressive web applications mimic a real mobile applications because it is installed on the devices. When Forbes decided to go the progressive way, it had a belief that it will convert into more engagements and finally conversions. After implementing PWA, readers immediately get a push notification informing them about an update in the content. Loading time pushed high and the page became lightweight.

  • The sessions per user increased by 43%
  • Their engagement rate almost doubled!
  • There was a six-fold increase in users reading the complete article
  • The intensity of the scrolls also improves three times.

Companies in their quest for tools that would increase their engagement rates believe that click-through rates, bounce rates and session periods are the biggest drivers for it. According to Larry Kim, Mobile Monkey CEO clearly indicates that the longer the session time, the better will be the search rankings on Google.

Features of Progressive web application

  1. Responsiveness and browser compatibility: Progressive web applications have been designed based on progressive enhancement strategies which are a web design strategy aimed at providing the basic functionalities to the users regardless of how their network is or how the quality of the web browser is. However old your browser is, whichever device you operate on, progressive web applications will always provide basic convenient functions. Those users who use new browsers will enjoy the rich versions but that doesn’t eliminate the plain vanilla users from enjoying its virtues.

  2. *Great connectivity: *whatever be the quality of your connection, it doesn’t have any bearing on the performance of progressive web applications.

  3. Similar to native apps: Progressive web applications are pretty similar to native apps in terms of navigation and interaction.

  4. Updates by itself: Usually native apps need a high data connection or a strong wi-fi network for updates, progressive web applications update all by themselves.

  5. Secure: With HTTPS comes higher security measures. Progressive web applications ensure that no unauthorized user gains access to any of the content on the website.

  6. *Easy installation: *They can also be detected easily as they are routed through a URL. Set up also is very simple because the users only have to visit the site and add the application to their home screen.

Benefits PWA’s provide to businesses

The advantages of Progressive web applications are many. We have listed some of the most important ones.

Cheaper to build:

An individual progressive web application can cater to several devices minimizing the developer’s effort and time. With this benefit comes the added benefit of reduced costs. PWA’s are believed to cost 3-4 times cheaper than a native mobile app.

Looks and feels like an app:

Mobile users prefer seeing an app than visiting a website. A surge of 45% will be experienced between 2017 and 2022 in mobile downloads internationally. Progressive web applications will add to the experience by providing enriched user experience. With its ability to work offline, it will also augment user engagement because it will give you the look and feel of a regular app.

Installs faster:

Native mobile app installations require human intervention for installation which can be complex too. But, progressive web applications come with an easy installation process because there is no need to go to the app store to install. With fast loading and easy installation the chances that the user abandons the app minimizes.

Superior performance:

The cache of progressive web applications service text, images and other videos in a smooth fashion helping them function like a quintessential website. Faster running speed will speed their operation and also will finally impact user engagement and conversion.

Easy updating:

They have the functionalities which let them update automatically without seeking permission and user knowing about it. When the user visits the website, the app gets automatically updated

PWA’s possess functionalities that help them update by itself without the user knowing about it and seeking permission. Whenever the user visits the websites the apps updates by itself terminating the need to download batches and install them separately. There is no human participation like native apps yet you will receive your updates. There are some progressive apps that send push-notifications to intimate the user about a new update that can be changed.

Problem-free offline operation:

Progressive web applications work seamlessly both offline and online. They function well irrespective of fluctuating connectivity. The service workers cache the essential features of the application which can be accessible with an internet connection.

Push notifications:

You can now gain access into device-specific features as you do in the case of native mobile applications. The benefits can be exploited well especially the benefit of push notifications. Nearly 60% of users allow the installed PWA’s to send them push notifications which can be grabbed further for promotions. It will surely help your brand to get better noticed thereby increasing visibility and conversions.

Summing up

Progressive web applications are in its nascent stage but there is no denying that companies are beginning to understand its potential. In a world where web technology is taking a paradigm shift, chalking out a plan for PWA can be a smart move.

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How Cloud-Computing is Transforming Mobile Application Development

How Cloud-Computing is Transforming Mobile Application Development

A colossal $623.3 billion is supposed to be the estimated size of the global cloud computing market. Global cloud-computing savings also overran $80 billion in 2018 right from $55 billion in 2017 which is a 44% increment.

One of the most interesting fields of discipline is cloud-computing. It presents a great opportunity for various organizations to take their business to dizzying heights. On the emerging technology front, mobile application development is touted to be the most happening trend.

App designers certainly believe that cloud computing will make a great difference. Modern apps have replaced the old school apps so that businesses can get a good return on their investment. Organizations are now looking at building apps that are fast, capable, and flexible enough to read customer preferences. This is why cloud-computing technologies play a large role in mobile application development.

Many organizations are already employing different cloud strategies with software like SaaS, PaaS and even laaS. Now, organizations can use cloud-computing technology software like Azure for mobile application development along with deploying their CRM app into services like SalesForce.

How cloud-computing is shaping mobile application development?

The process of mobile application development has increased its reliance on cloud-computing. Mobile application developers are increasingly intent on using the cloud-computing platforms so that the application improves drastically in terms of its cost, ease of implementation and much more. Even the developmental cycles have shortened in the case of mobile application development.

1. The use of hybrid cloud for enterprise applications

Mobile application development on the private cloud has seen a drop. Various mobile app development companies are now moving their interest to hybrid cloud ecosystems and are moving past SaaS and PaaS. Private clouds come with the feature of latency and security but their efforts are constantly pointed towards more reliable strategies placed at an effective position on the public cloud. Hybrid cloud solutions also come with the advantage of cost-cutting.

** 2. Web Analytics**

Mobile application development companies always look to constructing modern apps with the motive of “Know your Customer”. Mobile applications usually have fewer screens and are feature-focussed. This helps mobile application developers to turn web analytics and usage information about the enhancement of the product and application upgradation. Mobile application development companies in order to make their mobile applications superior are leaning on cloud-based mobile application development to capture, store and make strategies based on user interactions.

** 3. Integrated solutions**

Mobile application cloud-developers work incessantly to bring together the organization’s security solutions across different cloud ecosystems. Different additions like voice-activated controls for luxury cars especially have changed the scenario. With cloud-based technologies, mobile application development has gone to an altogether different level with the combination of different programming features like Voice control and enhanced intelligence.

** 4. Payment Gateways**

A successful app will always ensure that its payment system is easy and safe. Apps that belong to the app store achieve success primarily due to the same reason. But lately many application developers are not too impressed with Apple’s payment mechanisms. Now with the increased search for a better payment gateway comes competition all vying to provide their services to mobile application development companies for better financial transactions with clients without worrying about the loss in sale.

** 5. Better Mobile application development**

There are many organizations who are still doubtful about leveraging cloud at runtime. They do not deploy cloud technologies for crucial applications but rather go one at a time. They see cloud only as a measure of safety and use it for less critical applications. Mobile application development companies who manage code and also discretional test data are core users of the cloud platform for better mobile application development. The deployment is then completed by cloud-based issue tracking systems, load testing tools, full-scale IDE’s which work towards eliminating the element of desktop.

Here are the two most popular cloud-based applications run on the Android platform.

Dropbox: It is a venture of Dropbox inc that offers file-hosting services offering cloud storage. Users can access their files here from their android phones which can be easily synced to other computers and devices.

Amazon Cloud Player: It also is one of the most popular applications hosted on the Android platform. This app is used to play MP3 files. The hard drive set in the cloud is the cloud drive where users can play their files through the web and can conveniently stream them on their devices using the Amazon MP3 cloud application.

Popularity of Cloud knows no bounds

They are compatible with multiple platforms and has a wider reach in terms of users as it has to ease of developing on both iOS and Android. It makes implementation easy and reduces workload also.

Seamless database integration on the cloud also is an effortless operation because mobile application developers do not have to write codes for integration. Mobile application development time also reduces as cloud-based application has all the necessary features like security, backend connection and much more. App users also do not have to download the cloud-based applications from app stores. The mobile cloud solutions help capture the UI and use it with an established user.

With the increasing popularity of deploying cloud-based technologies for mobile application development and a reduced upfront cost, Cloud-computing gives enough reasons to organizations to adapt it to stay competitive and profitable.