Web Application Design
We design and web development tools and techniques are used to make everything from small web blogs to large scale web application design. We love building complicated programs. Even if people didn’t pay us, we would still be doing this stuff, it’s what we do. Whether it is simple form integrations with your CRM, or complex object oriented programming (OOP) that interacts with external databases, we can design, develop and help you scale your web application.
What is a Web Application?
A web application requires four basic components to function properly. The web application needs a system or platform on which to base its operations. The platform in this case is Linux, while the Apache web server works in conjunction with Linux to make the web application easy to find on the Internet. Much like a clerk and a cash register, PHP and MySQL handle all sorts of transactions, informational requests and other types of public and private business without compromising the security of the web app itself.
LAMP Application Development
LAMP is an abbreviation for four distinct software tools that comprise a highly effective web application development suite. The formal name of each of these software tools is Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Linux is a type of operating system that was developed from open-source code and can therefore work on virtually any type of system, whether it is a Macintosh or a PC. Apache is a web server that was also developed from open-source code. MySQL is a programmable and highly effective database that is used widely in both enormous commercial websites like Facebook and for smaller scale website information storage. PHP is a programming language that transfers information gathered on the Internet into the MySQL database securely and efficiently.
How Web Applications Work
Much as a professional mechanic has a facility equipped with tools, storage racks, an office and reference materials that allow him to fix any type of automobile, LAMP offers web application design and web application programmers all the varied kinds of tools they need to build thriving web applications.
The Beauty of Open Source Development
Unlike software packages that have been designed purposefully to work together, each of the software tools in LAMP was designed by unrelated teams of people. These teams of people were motivated by a similar desire to create software that could be used by anyone to design anything.
This open-minded approach to the software means that it is both easy to use and to improve upon. Each new version of the software is crafted not for profit but rather as a way to improve its underlying functionality and usability. Additionally, if a programmer has difficulty with a particular script or function, he may consult the Internet for worthwhile advice. LAMP comes with a built-in network of professional programmers and operators whose main goal is to improve the operability of the software. This makes LAMP a particularly attractive option for a web application designer who may not be very experienced but is willing to learn. However, the functional inclusiveness of LAMP also makes it ideal for an experienced web application designer. An experienced web designer will enjoy how quickly he can create and launch a completed web app.
The Benefits of LAMP for Web Application Design
Speed is a vital factor in contemporary web app design. Being able to launch an app as quickly and flawlessly as possible makes it possible for a designer or developer to capitalize on a particular market or trend. While a popular web app can last for years, some only last for a season at most. Quick and steady deployment is essential, but the app must also be able to immediately interact with potential customers without significant delays in processing times. All of these reasons make LAMP the best choice for web application design.
Consider the attributes of each component of LAMP. Apache is a web server used by approximately 63 percent of all websites globally. It has been in existence since 1995. This longstanding history makes it an exceptionally reliable server. While no server can guarantee that it will never experience a service interruption, Apache has an excellent track record. Web applications that are built on a solid server infrastructure have a much better chance of attracting market interest than those that are built on a less secure platform. Simply put, people don’t want to run apps that keep crashing.
As an operating system that can be used on virtually any device, Linux makes its easy for web programmers to create apps for mobile phones and tablet computers without having to learn special coding or a new programming language. These same apps can be quickly modified for use on a traditional desktop or laptop computer using Linux. This interchangeability between different types of systems is invaluable in an age where new devices frequently replace other devices in terms of their popularity.
PHP and MySQL make it possible for any device to seamlessly transfer information between the web app and the user without the need for any plug-ins or outside programming languages. Web app designers can spend a minimal amount of time setting up basic information fields that allow users to sign up for promotional offers or other app-specific functions. PHP and MySQL enables apps to look up information requests by several thousand separate users simultaneously.
Conclusion: Why LAMP Matters
Ultimately, LAMP is designed to simplify the process of web app design and implementation. Programmers and designers alike can focus on creating innovative new apps instead of worrying about the technical aspects of getting them to function correctly. Much like driving a well-maintained car as opposed to a lemon, LAMP lets designers enjoy the creative process of design without having to be a technical expert to make it work.