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Building modern applications in the cloud


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In today’s Digital Era people’s requests and usage of applications or services are quite high. Everybody is connected with anybody. Waiting time to use a service is rapidly moving toward zero. Hence modern applications should deal with higher expectations than ever in order to be successful. Developers should be able to develop and deploy modern applications matching expectations in the quickest time possible without sacrificing quality of their applications. In this presentation we are going to demonstrate some of the tools that facilitates development and deployment time for applications, thus making developers life easier.

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Building modern applications in the cloud

  1. 1. Building modern applications in the cloud Olsi Karapici
  2. 2. Modern applications New Trends & Needs
  3. 3. ● Small business owner trying to implement technology for client engagement ● Small budget, one man staff ● He wants to start small and then if business grows be able to scale up according to his needs ● He wants an app for all major mobile platforms and possibly also a web application, all of them in the shortest time possible and the lowest cost. Meet Apu
  4. 4. ● She is a young and bright freelance software developer very experienced in front end web development and UX design. ● She has a great app idea. ● No experience on IT infrastructure and operations. ● Very low budget. Meet Lisa
  5. 5. ● He uses his smartphone all the time. ● He wants the prettiest, greatest, full of functionalities app and he wants it NOW. ● The app better be available and engaging all the time, otherwise is just a tap away from being uninstalled. ● He is always right! Meet Bart
  6. 6. Modern apps ● Cross-platform support ● A great, seamless and engaging UX design ● Real time synchronization across user’s devices ● Offline Capabilities ● Vertical Scalability ● A lot of work ! ● A lot of resources !! ● A lot of time !!! ● And yet a lot of work :/ ...or not :) ● “Work Smarter...Not Harder” Requirements
  7. 7. Apps development Hybrid vs Native
  8. 8. ● Demand for mobile experiences has grown exponentially. ● The number of mobile phone users in the world is expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019* ● By 2022, 70% of all enterprise software interactions are expected to occur on mobile devices**. Why mobile in the first place? * ** Market Guide for Mobile ApplicationTesting Services - Gartner, June 2017
  9. 9. ● Hybrid apps are essentially just apps :) ● They’re downloaded from a platform’s app store or marketplace, and access the same native features and hardware-based performance acceleration as any app built with a native SDK. ● Hybrid apps are built using open web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, rather than the proprietary or specialized languages used by iOS, Android, and others. ● Hybrid apps run in a full-screen browser, called a webview, that is invisible to the user. ● Hybrid-built apps can run on any platform or device, all from a single codebase, while still delivering a native look and feel. What is a Hybrid App?
  10. 10. Keep in mind that the decision to choose hybrid or native should be based on the unique goals of your organization, the circumstances of a given project, and composition of your existing development team. Comparing Hybrid vs. Native
  11. 11. ● Write Once, Run Anywhere ○ Users get a great experience across platforms and devices ○ One codebase to worry about ● Use the skills that you already have ○ The web developer community is greater in size ○ HTML, CSS and JavaScript is easier to master (?) ● The Best UX Across Platforms ○ a great UX means a consistent app experience as your users move between platforms, devices, and modes of interaction, including mobile and desktop browsers. Why Hybrid?
  12. 12. Ionic Framework Introduction
  13. 13. ● Website: ● Ionic is a powerful open source HTML5 SDK that helps you build native-feeling mobile apps and Progressive Web Apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript. ● #1 most widely used hybrid mobile hybrid framework What is Ionic ?
  14. 14. ● Apache Cordova + Twitter Bootstrap + Angular ● Think of Ionic as the front-end UI framework that handles all of the look and feel and UI interactions ● “Bootstrap for Native,” but with support for a broad range of common native mobile components, slick animations, and beautiful design. What is Ionic ?
  15. 15. Framework Stack Native SDK Cordova Angular Ionic Your App
  16. 16. Native Wrapper WebView Your Code (Html/Js) Top Down View Cordova API Plugins
  17. 17. PaaS / BaaS Ease the development and deployment process
  18. 18. ● The emergence of cloud computing represents a new paradigm of servitization, where a physical product (software or hardware) is transformed into a service. ● SaaS, IaaS and PaaS ○ Software as a Service is servitization of software programs. (ex. Microsoft Office 365, Google Docs) ○ Infrastructure as a Service is servitization of infrastructures (ex. Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine, Azure Virtual Machines) ○ Platform as a Service is servitization of development platforms, (ex. Google App Engine, Azure Cloud Services, Amazon AWS & Lambda) Cloud Services
  19. 19. ● BaaS ○ Backend as a Service is servitization of backend functionalities ( Firebase, Parse, Kinvey etc.) ● Being an intermediate architecture between PaaS and SaaS, the essence of creating BaaS is to meet the rapid development needs of the mobile Internet and to provide backend capabilities as services ● With BaaS, developers can utilize the serviced backend capabilities to develop their software solutions. ● While PaaS simplifies the application deployment process, BaaS simplifies the application development process BaaS - The Improvement of PaaS
  20. 20. Firebase Introduction
  21. 21. ● A powerful BaaS platform for your mobile or web application. ○ Scalable, real-time, and flexible backend for your application ○ Develop without the hassle of managing servers or writing server-side code ● Focus on the user ○ Focus on creating extraordinary user experiences. Firebase will take care of the rest ○ Firebase can power your app's backend, including data storage, user authentication, static hosting, and more. ● Build for any device and build it fast! ○ Build cross-platform native & hybrid mobile and web apps with Android, iOS and JavaScript SDKs ○ With Firebase, you can store data and authenticate users in your app with just a few lines of code. What is Firebase ?
  22. 22. Firebase Features Analytics ● Free and unlimited analytics solution ● Unlimited reporting of 500 event types, each with up to 25 attributes ● One dashboard to view user behavior and cross-network campaign performance ● Demographic segmentation, including age, gender, and location, available out-of-the-box
  23. 23. Firebase Features Develop ● Realtime Database ○ Store and sync app data in realtime ● Authentication ○ Reduce friction with robust authentication ● Cloud Messaging ○ Deliver and receive messages across platforms reliably ● Storage ○ Store files with ease
  24. 24. Firebase Features Develop ● Hosting ○ Deliver web content faster through Google Cloud CDN ● Test Lab ○ Test in the lab, not on your users ● Crash Reporting ○ Keep your app stable
  25. 25. Firebase Features Grow ● Notifications ○ Engage with users at the right moment ● Remote Config ○ Customize your app on the fly ● App Indexing ○ Drive organic search traffic to your app
  26. 26. Firebase Features Grow ● Dynamic Links ○ Send users to the right place inside your app ● Invites ○ Empower your users to share your app ● AdWords ○ Acquire users with the reach of Google
  27. 27. Firebase Features Earn ● AdMob ○ Monetize through engaging ads
  28. 28. Demo 1: ToDo App
  29. 29. Demo 2: tChat
  30. 30. Questions?