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Third Rock Techkno is a top Ionic development company in India providing efficient ionic mobile app development services. Our ionic app development team consists of the best ionic developers in India. We keep up-to-date with the latest trends in ionic development technology making third Rock Techkno one of the best mobile app and ionic app development companies. Ionic is an HTML5 mobile app development framework for building hybrid mobile apps across Android, iOS and Windows platforms. It is economical and easy to develop. Ionic development gives stronger flexibility for cross-platform functioning. The ionic framework is a front end UI framework. It influences how an app looks in terms of design. UI is an important aspect of the app from the user’s point of view. Third Rock Techkno’s team is focused on client and end-user success and ensures top-notch service in ionic app development.

Our Ionic Services

  • 1. Cross platform app development
  • 2. Universal app development
  • 3. UI/UX update app development
  • 4. Architecture change app development
  • 5. Custom plugin development
  • 6. Maintenance and Update app development

Our Existing Clients

We cater to a diverse clientele spanning across various industries.

Why Choose Us As Your Ionic Development Company

Experienced Developers

Our seasoned Ionic developers have the expertise to build secure, creative and highly-interactive web applications. Whether you are a startup or an SME, our experts will get the job done.

Trusted Delivery Methods

We employ the agile methodology to keep you in the loop. Our company is known to deliver quality Ionic development services that meet your business goals, timeline, and budget.

Competitive Rates

We offer the most competitive rates on the market. Our personalized Ionic development services meet different budget needs of our clients from across the globe.

Transparent Work Approach

Our Ionic development company ensures complete project visibility right from the time you approach us with your needs. We use email, phone, Skype, Slack, and other mediums for regular communication with you.

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Our designers, developers, quality analysts, and a project manager – all strive for customer satisfaction. We deliver Ionic development services that align with our clients’ needs.

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Smoovr

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It was a pleasure working with the TRT team. Prior to contracting this group, I had a system created that was absolutely terrible and poorly developed. I also worked with a few freelancers that couldnt cut it either. TRT was actually able to execute on our concept and have built a truly solid system for our company.

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Native Plugins We Use

Firebase

Firebase provides cloud services like Realtime database, Web hosting, Authentication, Push Notification, Cloud functions, Test lab, etc. We can integrate firebase with these services.

Google Maps

Ionic enabled integration with Google Maps in our application. We can introduce several features in our application like location search, navigation, etc.

Push Notification

This is a common feature in mobile applications. We can use FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) for in-app notification and remote push notifications for incoming messages.

Camera

Ionic natives contain many plugins like the Camera plugin. We can develop features with camera options.

Stripe

Stripe is a popular payment gateway worldwide. If we are developing an E-Commerce application using Ionic then we can easily embed the payment systems for the same.

Finger Print

Finger Print is a very useful plugin in the Ionic Native section which enables users to add more security in their applications.

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24 Jul 2020 | 11 Min Read
Best Free App Monetization Strategies 2020: A Complete Guide

Amongst the millions of existing mobile apps on app stores, there are some truly exceptional ones that get lost in the crowd. No matter how groundbreaking your app idea is,it’s good for nothing if users don’t know it or pay for it. App marketing techniques [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/mobile-app-marketing-mistakes-that-can-hurt-your-brand/] play a huge role in getting your app some recognition. But what after that? You have to earn revenues in order to grow. This is where app monetization comes into the picture. To make the most out of your brilliant mobile app, here are the best free app monetization strategies to use in 2020. In this blog, we will answer the following questions for you: What is app monetization? How do I monetize my mobile app? What types of ads can I run on my mobile apps? How do I choose the best app monetization model for my mobile app? What is App Monetization? In simple terms, app monetization refers to the act of generating revenue from an application. Typically, the mobile app monetization process begins after the app has been downloaded by the users on their devices. Once the companies have a better understanding of their market and users, they can capitalize on a relevant mobile app monetization model to get started. > “All developers put in a lot of effort into making an app. The amount of sweat and time that goes into it cannot be measured fairly. Sometimes, developers incur a cost to get their app running, either for some service they're dependent on or other common requirements with an app - a supporting website, it's hosting, its domain, etc. Building something for free is great, but it's even better to be rewarded for your hard work.” > - Rajat Vaghani, Founder and CEO, Snap Search [https://snapsearch.online] Most modern businesses adopt an app monetization model as it is critical for the development of their app business model. Free apps attract the maximum number of users. So, once these apps are downloaded, the developers can make modifications to earn a profit out of them. It is necessary that such changes do not drive away from current users while earning revenue at the same time. Top Free App Monetization Strategies in 2020 Considering a large number of app users, organizations can employ a myriad of strategies to make money off their apps [https://www.amazon.com/Mobile-App-Marketing-Monetization-thousands-ebook/dp/B00N14RSNY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2R9CD1K40M16A&dchild=1&keywords=app+monetization&qid=1595574637&sprefix=app+monetization%2Caps%2C416&sr=8-1] . However, make sure you don’t compromise on UI UX of your app while deciding on app monetization strategies. In the long run,  a bad UX can have a number of serious repercussions [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/5-reasons-why-a-bad-ux-can-be-dangerous-for-your-app/] on your app revenue. > “Protecting the user experience at all costs will keep users coming back. They'll continue to use your app, leave positive reviews, and even recommend it to their friends. Just wait and watch how your app begins to generate more revenue than before.” > -  Dennis Bell, Founder and CEO, Byblos Coffee [https://bybloscoffee.com/] Following are 7 of the most popular free app monetization strategies along with their pros and cons: 1. In-app Advertising Models In-app ads are the most popular model among app development companies for generating revenue from their apps. Since it allows businesses to earn profits by keeping the app free, it’s the most sought after method of mobile app monetization in 2020. However, these ads can also backfire by cluttering up the UI if displayed at the wrong place or time. There are 5 types of in-app advertisements for mobile apps: Banner Ads Banner ads are the oldest form of in-app adverts. These ads are more relevant in mobile apps that have a free and a paid version. The free version of the apps hosts banners that occupy a certain area of the UI to advertise a product/service. Over the years, banner ads have garnered negative reviews. They make the UI repulsive and the users find them intrusive. Moreover, these ads take up a small area of the screen making them almost invisible to the eyes of the users. Since they have a low engagement rate, the advertisers are not willing to a hefty amount for running these ads. Interstitial Ads Interstitial ads are a popular alternative to banner ads. It is named so because it appears as a full-screen advertisement between separate user flows such as pages, stories, etc. Interstitial ads can be in the form of a display or a video and ask the users to just simply look at the screen during its run-time (usually a few seconds). By understanding the dynamics of their user, app developers can optimize this strategy [https://instapage.com/blog/interstitial-ads#:~:text=Interstitial%20ads%20are%20interactive%2C%20full,between%20activities%20or%20game%20levels.] in their best interest. It is important that these ads don’t cause a negative user experience inadvertently. The end of a user flow is generally considered an appropriate time for displaying interstitial ads. A great advantage of this model is that it demands the users’ attention for a very short amount of time. After just a few seconds, the users have an option to close the ad and move on or click through to get more information. Native Ads In this model, the adverts are adapted seamlessly into the overall look and feel of the app. These ads are placed in such a way that they look like just another piece of content on the app. In this way, they don’t distract the users but rather blend in naturally with the UI. This also results in an increased engagement rate and user-friendliness. In hindsight, this method does raise concerns over its use. The ads can deceit the users into thinking that it is an organic part of the app which disrupts the user experience. The app is perceived as spam and it chases away the users. The solution is to make the adverts feel natural while clearly marking them as ‘sponsored content’ at the same time. Affiliate Ads Affiliate ads are a form of Affiliate marketing [https://neilpatel.com/what-is-affiliate-marketing/]. They allow businesses to use other apps, products, and services to generate revenues. The developers earn commission by advertising related third-party apps and products on their applications. Since these ads use the ‘word-of-mouth’ principle, the success rate is relatively high as loyal users trust the recommendations given by their favorite apps. Affiliate ads work the best when they enhance the user experience. Companies must place the ads at relevant points in the users’ journey. Example: A home workout app can advertise for an equipment store in between the individual exercises. Reward Ads Reward ads are the most effective type of advertisement for app monetization. This is particularly beneficial for free apps that get the users hooked for long periods of time such as mobile games. The users are motivated to watch a short ad (usually a video) in return for an incentive such as an extra life. To get this model right, the value of the reward must be in line with the advertisement. The timing and frequency of the ads are also crucial. Users must not find themselves watching an ad over and over which ultimately defeats the purpose of your app. > “The rewarded video ad should be shown when there is something big in return. For example, on most of my games, when a user loses all the lives,I show a button to get an extra life and continue the game. The conversion rates for that button are always high.” > - Madhsudhan Khemchandani, Owner, MK's Guide [https://www.mksguide.com] 2. Freemium Models The Freemium model [https://blog.hubspot.com/service/freemium] combines free and premium features into one app. Essentially, freemium apps can be downloaded for free. The free version of the app allows the users to browse through the basic features. The premium version of the app can be accessed by the users when they make a purchase that unlocks additional content and features. The strategy is particularly useful for those with an aim to expand the user base while still being able to monetize the app. Free accessibility of the app has the potential to attract large crowds that can be converted into the users of the application. The success of this method depends upon the user experience of the apps. Only if the users find the free features valuable enough, then will they be willing to upgrade to the premium version for a complete experience. Spotify is a prominent example of a freemium app. Through constant experimentation and data analytics, the app has achieved a higher conversion rate than most other apps in its niche. Pros of freemium model * The app develops a loyal user base since people are able to initially try it for free. * Highly adaptable and suitable for all the industries. Cons of freemium model * The right balance of free and premium features is often difficult to determine. This can bring about too few or too many free features. * This model often requires the developers to provide users with time and options for decision making. The users can take a long time to test the free features and in the end decide against going premium. 3. In-app Purchase Model One of the best free app monetization strategies in 2020 is the in-app purchase model. This functionality makes it possible for the users to buy content, services, or special features (such as a power-up in game) within an app, at a predetermined price. While implementing this app monetization model, developers must ensure these in-app purchases add to the experience of the users and not otherwise. Like reward ads, the product/service must be worth the money spent. This model demands some efforts on the part of the app provider. Users must be encouraged to make those in-app purchases. This can be achieved by sending personalized notifications and offering periodic discounts to the users. The photo editing app VSCO has managed to successfully use this model to its advantage. The app offers a wide range of additional photo presets with their own aesthetic in the form of in-app purchases at bargain prices. Pros of in-app purchase model * It is a very risk-free method of app monetization. * The model has proved to be most successful for the e-commerce vertical. Cons of in-app purchase model The selling platform (Apple store or Google Play Store) demands a high commission rate for selling virtual products. 4. Subscription Model In many ways, the subscription model is similar to the freemium model. However, mobile apps with subscription models go beyond the simple “buy” or “don’t buy” options. Several apps offer various levels (bottom to top) of subscription to the users. Each level has its own pricing policy and an accompanying set of features. This functionality even allows those ‘not-so-sure’ customers to test the app with a low tier of subscription. Besides converting users to subscribers, these apps must also focus on introducing new and interesting features/content for the current subscribers. Headspace can be used as a relevant example of the subscription model. By offering guided meditation on productivity, relationship, and other topics, the popular mindfulness app has amassed thousands of subscribers. Pros of the subscription model: * Long term subscriptions result in a steady and reliable income. * The model can drive a significant amount of engagement. Cons of the subscription model: Apps with subscription models often require a huge investment to create highly responsive and constantly engaging content/features. 5. Sponsorship and Partnership Using this mobile app monetization model, developers work together with advertisers to earn profits. The advertising company will provide a reward to the users upon completion of certain in-app actions. The original app’s user base must be strong enough to attract brands for collaboration and greater exposure to the audience. The original app benefits from the interaction with the users of the advertiser app. In other words, sponsorship is a mutually beneficial deal for expanding the respective user base of each brand. > “A creative way that an app can be monetized, which unfortunately a lot of developers are not thinking about, is by product placement. This is advertising, but not annoying advertising. For example, let's say you have a restaurant app. You could get paid by a big company like Coca Cola to show their logo in the restaurant menus. It's not annoying, it doesn't take up screen space, and users won't feel cheated.” - Oliver Bravo, Founder and CEO,Best Lawsuit Loans LLC [https://presettlementlawsuitloans.org] The best example is that of Nike + and Headspace. App users get the benefit of coaching from Nike pros along with advice from Headspace experts to improve their overall experience of the running and exercise experience. 6. App Data Monetization Data monetization is quite a controversial free app monetization strategy. Under this model, app owners collect data from their users and sell it to others. A number of industries have already started earning revenues from their customer data. > “Data monetization can drive revenue to any app category. After the one-time SDK integration, there's no further commitment, so it's scalable.” - Jus Chall, Brand Strategist, Skein [https://www.skeinagency.com/] At present, the importance of big data is unparalleled and it is extremely useful in virtually every field. App developers can use this for creating hyper-targeted marketing campaigns for the current users and boost ad prices. However, this model of app monetization is a tricky one. The developers must resort to a completely secure and transparent data collection process. Moreover, users should be able to voluntarily decide whether to opt-in for the process and should be allowed to opt-out at any time. > “Avoid data monetization if you can’t protect the privacy of your users’ data. While selling data can help you make some money, it will hurt your business in the long run and make you vulnerable to competitors.” > - Neal Taparia, CEO, Solitaired [https://solitaired.com/] Which Free App Monetization Strategies Are Right for You in 2020? > “Free app monetization strategies must employ clearly defined revenue models that are transparent to users of your app and are defined upfront before any engagement or download.” > - Bryan Osima, CEO, Uvietech Software Solutions Inc. [https://www.uvietech.com/mobile-app-design] In order to maximize monetization from your app, it is important to comprehend the analytics of user behavior. An ideal strategy is one that prioritizes the user experience while generating revenues. Since each app has a different set of features and aspects to it, choosing the right model can be tricky. However, the following few points will help you get a clearer idea. Business Goals An application is launched by keeping in mind the business goals of the company associated with it. Some apps aim at making profits right from the beginning while others concentrate on increasing their user base first and think about monetizing at a later stage. Outlining a clear business goal helps in identifying the most appropriate approach for your business. Understand Your Target Users As mentioned before, getting familiar with your users is an important step in determining the monetization strategy for your app. You can learn about the demographics and app usage patterns and strive to give the best user experience to your users while looking out for yourself. Free App Monetization Strategies in 2020: The Bottom Line The mobile app monetization models discussed above are not exclusive; many apps use a combination of strategies. An example can be that of a free app with targeted ads. Currently, a large number of companies use a blend of strategies to monetize their apps. The key is to find out which combination works best for your app.

09 Jul 2020 | 11 Min Read
Why Choose Reactjs For Your Next Project: Features and Benefits

To ease the process of web development, there are a plethora of extremely useful front end frameworks [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/top-front-end-javascript-frameworks-to-use-in-2020/] available today. Despite not being a full-fledged framework, Reactjs has been widely used by a majority of development companies. What has led to such unparalleled popularity and success of Reactjs? In this blog, we enumerate the key features of Reactjs and describe what are the benefits of using Reactjs. At the end, we also present the best uses and explain why you should choose Reactjs for your next project. What is Reactjs? Reactjs [https://reactjs.org/] is an open-source JavaScript library widely known for creating dynamic and highly responsive user interfaces. With a component-based architecture, Reactjs emerges as a very efficient solution for developing fast & scalable front-end for web and mobile applications. It primarily focuses on building natural, interactive and appealing applications. Reactjs demands a minimal coding effort on the part of developers and offers best rendering performance. However, Reactjs is a lightweight view library that only supports the UI components. Therefore, it requires integration with other technologies and tools (such as Flux and Redux) in order to get a full-fledged architecture. With remarkable features that include real-time updates, server-side rendering and so on, this JavaScript library has gained immense popularity among the developers community. Growth and Popularity of Reactjs in 2020 Reactjs was created by Jordan Walke, a software engineer at Facebook, in the year 2011. His objective was to develop a JavaScript-based library to streamline the app development process and facilitate more comfortable user experience. More and more businesses are recognizing the importance of a good UX [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/5-reasons-why-a-bad-ux-can-be-dangerous-for-your-app/] and Reactjs serves as the easiest way to streamline your app’s user experience. > Developers are fighting over which frontend framework is better.. it's not like users know or care. They mostly care about the User Experience. UX should be our focus on the frontend. 🗣️ — Jad Joubran (@JoubranJad) June 4, 2019 [https://twitter.com/JoubranJad/status/1136030060975017984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] In 2011, Facebook applied this new library to its web-based application and in 2012 it was applied on Instagram. The library went open source in 2013 and soon its implementation expanded. More and more developers started employing Reactjs for developing single-page and large scale applications. Twitter, Netflix and Dropbox are just a few names from a massive list of tech giants who have used Reactjs for their web apps. In 2015, Facebook launched Reactjs as a cross-platform mobile app development framework. Soon after its release, the framework got widely accepted by the companies that specialize in the mobile-first strategy. Image source: The State of JavaScript [https://2019.stateofjs.com/front-end-frameworks/] Gradually, Reactjs started competing with Angular [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/differences-between-angular-and-react-for-web-development/] and other JavaScript frameworks until it earned a top position in the web development market. Why Choose Reactjs For Your Next Project: Features of Reactjs The developer community loves Reactjs for its robust features. Some of the Reactjs features that distinguish it from the rest are: 1. Virtual DOM Virtual DOM is one of the chief characteristics that facilitate fast and flexible application development using Reactjs. Its memory reconciliation algorithm enables React to replicate a web page in its virtual memory. In this way, a virtual DOM is the representation of an original DOM. With every modification in the web application, the virtual DOM re-renders the entire user interface. In a virtual DOM representation, only the components that have actually changed are updated and not all the components. Thus, Reactjs makes the app development process quicker and cost-effective. 2. JSX JSX stands for JavaScript XML [https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/reactjs-introduction-jsx/]. It is a markup syntax that is very similar to HTML and is used to describe the appearance of an application’s UI. JSX is one of the best features that Reactjs has to offer. It makes the syntax, used by developers to create React components, almost identical to the HTML they will inject in the web page. This makes writing the building blocks of Reactjs effortless and simple for the developers and gives them an easy way out. 3. One-way data binding One of the major reasons why you should choose Reactjs for your next project is its one-way data flow. Reactjs uses a unidirectional data flow. Meaning, the developers cannot edit any component directly. They have to utilize the callback function in order to make changes in the components. This process is called one-way data binding. Reactjs uses Flux [https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/how-to-use-flux-in-react-example/], a JavaScript app architecture, to control the data flow from a single point. A unidirectional data flow helps Reactjs developers to gain better control over the web or mobile application. This enhances the flexibility of the application and makes it more efficient. 4. React native React Native [https://reactnative.dev/] is a custom renderer for Reactjs. Instead of using web components, React Native uses native components. In order to acquire a thorough understanding of React Native, a developer should be familiar with the basic Reactjs concepts. These include JSX, components, state, and props. After this stage, a developer is required to study the entire information specific to React Native, such as the native components. React Native converts the React code to make it compatible with Android and iOS platforms. On top of that, it also provides access to the native features of these platforms. 5. Declarative UI As mentioned earlier, Reactjs is the best for creating engaging and interactive user interfaces for mobile and web applications. In an event of data modification, Reactjs adequately renders and updates just the right components. It generates a simple view for each state of the application. This feature makes the code more readable and simpler to debug. 6. Component-based architecture The architecture of Reactjs is component-based. In other words, the UI of a React-based mobile or web application is divided into multiple components. Each component has its own specific logic. The logic is written in JavaScript instead of using templates. This enables Reactjs developers to pass the data throughout the application without affecting the DOM. The components of Reactjs play a major role in determining interactions and visuals in the applications. Why You Should Choose Reactjs For Your Next Project: Key Benefits Reactjs is jam-packed with features, the ones we mentioned above, and many more. If you compare React with Angular and Vue [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/angular-vs-react-vs-vue-which-framework-to-use-in-2020/] , you will notice that React comfortably holds a middle ground. It is a top choice for both lightweight and large scale applications. Following are some of the main benefits of using Reactjs: 1. Speed and efficiency Why do we use Reactjs? For its speed and efficiency. Reactjs makes it possible for the developers to use individual parts of the application on the client-side as well as the server-side. Simply put, different developers or teams can write individual parts without any uncertainty. Any changes made will not disturb the entire logic of the application. Moreover, it enables developers to write clean & modular codes and break the applications into components. This facilitates code reuse and accelerates the development process. 2. Flexibility Reactjs is very different from other large monolithic frameworks. Due to a modular structure, its code is flexible and easy to maintain. This makes the applications more scalable and saves time & money of the enterprise in the long run. 3. Performance The main objective of Reactjs development services [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/services/web-development/reactjs-development/] is to provide high application performance. Some of the core features of Reactjs, such as a virtual DOM and server-side rendering, help in creating large-scale and complex apps that run incredibly fast. 4. Easy to learn For a developer who is already familiar with JavaScript, the deployment of Reactjs will be fairly easy and quick. As a matter of fact, an expert JavaScript developer can achieve proficiency in Reactjs development in a day or two. 5. Reactjs mobile development One of the major benefits of using Reactjs for web development is React Native, a framework for mobile app development [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/12-best-frameworks-for-android-application-development-in-2020/] . Since the framework is based on Reactjs, JavaScript developers can easily shift to React Native and create mobile apps with a native look & feel. Furthermore, certain parts of a React web app can be utilized in a React Native mobile app. This explains why you should choose Reactjs for web development. 6. SEO An online business heavily relies on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for its presence in the online market. The backend rendering in React JS websites significantly reduces the load time which makes them better optimized for search engines. In addition to that, the benefits of high speed and performance enhance the overall performance and SEO functionality. 7. Rich toolset Reactjs has a feature-rich ecosystem which comprises tools such as Flux or Redux. It also contains Nodejs on the backend. Node.js development trends in 2020 [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/most-prominent-node-js-development-trends-in-2020/] are all about taking the performance of your application to the next level. Facebook has also added React developer tools and Chrome developer tools in Reactjs. These tools allow developers to discover child and parent components, observe component hierarchies, and much more. 8. Strong community support The large ecosystem of Reactjs is one of the reasons why you should choose Reactjs for your next project. Since it was launched by Facebook, Reactjs is still supported by the company. Other than that, more than 1,000 independent contributors regularly update the library. Also, various experts post free blogs and videos about Reactjs which makes the community stronger. Thanks to such powerful support from the community and the corporate; React is trustworthy and up-to-date technology. Reactjs Best Use Cases: When to use Reactjs? After taking a look at why you should choose Reactjs for your next project, it’s important to understand when to use Reactjs. To eliminate the errors of personal biases, contact a trustworthy Reactjs development company [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/services/web-development/reactjs-development/] to confirm the viability of your decision. The following are some of the top use cases for Reactjs. Use Reactjs for interactive, data-heavy dashboards Reactjs does offer ready-to-use templates for dashboards but those are not open-source tools. We don’t recommend you pay the heavy license fees to use these templates. However, it is much more feasible to build a dashboard using Reactjs. As you know by now, Reactjs boasts of a component-based architecture. This means with proper planning, you can reuse many components of your dashboard and make the code more modular. Secondly, dashboards need to update their UI components almost constantly. So you need a framework or a library that aids in the fast re-rendering of these UI components. Reactjs is the best solution for building data-heavy dashboards because of its virtual DOM. You just need to send the data through its API and the virtual DOM will ensure smooth and quick updates. In most cases, companies prefer to build dashboards as client-side single-page applications. Normally, SPAs rendered on the client-side have longer initial load time as the whole app needs to be downloaded simultaneously. Reactjs solves this problem with the help of isomorphic JavaScript. When you build a single-page web application with Reactjs, you can use the same code for client-side and server-side. As a result, Reactjs can load and display components on the browser while the SPA is still being downloaded. Use Reactjs for social networking web applications Social networking apps have remained the top use case for Reactjs since it was first used in building Facebook. If you want to build a social networking app, here is why you should choose Reactjs for your next project. It’s true that social networking apps have to reload a new page in response to certain user requests. However, each page in most social networking apps is built as an SPA using Reactjs. As a result, users get top-notch experience while using apps like Facebook and Twitter. Moreover, the essence of social media apps is real-time notifications. When you build a social networking web app with Reactjs, you can automate the communication between client and server using a web socket. This speeds up the process of data flow incredibly and your app is able to produce real-time notifications and engagements smoothly. Use Reactjs for eCommerce web applications eCommerce apps need rich features [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/11-must-have-ecommerce-mobile-app-features/] and a seamless user interface to be successful. React-based eCommerce apps are slowly gaining traction now. The major reason is the exhaustive UI components that come built-in Reactjs library. However, eCommerce web apps can be very large and you must be cautious of building each component independent of each other. This also gives you the liberty to integrate third-party tools with different parts of your React-based eCommerce application. Again, code reusability offered by Reactjs proves to be of great help in building large scale eCommerce web applications. It not only saves development time but also reduces maintenance efforts in the future. Additionally, Reactjs also enables you with efficient state management. [https://kentcdodds.com/blog/application-state-management-with-react] This in turn results in better performance and optimized memory consumption in eCommerce web applications. For best results, choose the most beneficial technology stack for web application development [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-technology-stack-for-web-application-development/] and then see if using Reactjs with it can better your app’s performance. Use Reactjs for building Single-Page Applications (SPAs) Another common use case for Reactjs is building interactive single-page applications. Before you begin to consider the right tools and frameworks to use for your web application, you have to decide whether you want to build it as a multi-page or a single-page app. The debate around single-page apps vs multi-page apps can only be settled by understanding when to use single page and multi-page apps [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/single-page-apps-vs-multi-page-apps-what-to-choose-for-web-development/] . Once you are determined to build a single-page web application, you can consult any leading web development company [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/services/web-development]. The common advice you will hear from most would be to use Reactjs library for the same. Firstly, React-router is an excellent tool to facilitate efficient single-page navigation experience. Secondly, Reactjs developers can build and present complex views with server-side rendering using React. Other use cases of Reactjs One of the major use cases of Reactjs is cross-platform app development. Of course, you can’t reuse the same code for building a mobile app that you used for web app development. However, with React Native, you can use the same architecture for web as well as mobile app development. If you are planning on launching a mobile app after your main website, choosing Reactjs as one of the front end technologies [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/does-your-web-application-need-a-front-end-framework/] will be very beneficial. Reactjs also comes with great support tools for progressive web app development. Moreover, it is also very easy to convert a regular Reactjs web app into a progressive web app. How Third Rock Techkno helps build efficient Reactjs-based applications Now that you have understood when and why you should choose Reactjs for your next project, it’s time to get started. Third Rock Techkno [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/] is an established Reactjs development company with rich experience in building robust, efficient Reactjs apps. 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30 Jun 2020 | 9 Min Read
6 Types of Applications You Can Build With Node.js

Ryan Dahl first released a basic version of Node.js back in 2009. Since then, Node.js has emerged as the most reliable technology for building the back end of most apps. In this blog, we explore the different types of applications you can build with Node.js. In addition to that, we will also talk about the most famous apps built with Node.js. What is Node.js? Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment with a formidable ecosystem and is built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. It is a fast, lightweight, scalable, and efficient environment. Node.js is the world’s largest ecosystem of open source libraries with outstanding features such as an event-driven model, serverless architecture, and many more. Node.js development trends in 2020 [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/blog/most-prominent-node-js-development-trends-in-2020/] maximize the value you get out of this framework. Therefore, Node.js is currently the first choice of 98% of the Fortune 500 companies [https://nodejs.org/de/blog/announcements/foundation-advances-growth/]. Not just that, it also tops the list of the most used frameworks and libraries. Source: Stack Overflow Insights [https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2020#most-popular-technologies] Types of applications you can build with Node.js Node.js offers great advantages for a wide range of applications. Following are the top 6 kinds of applications you can build using Node.js: 1. Internet of Things (IoT) Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a network of physical devices such as sensors and beacons that share and exchange data through the internet. The data is normally transferred from devices to servers and from servers to the application that displays the data. Many a time, a single IoT system may consist of a great number of devices. Hence, the task of managing requests and data streams in the IoT system becomes very complex. Node.js serves as the most optimal solution for developing private and/or public IoT systems. Why use Node.js for IoT The biggest reason to choose Node.js for such networks is its remarkable ability to process multiple concurrent requests. Node.js has an event-driven architecture [https://medium.com/edge-coders/understanding-node-js-event-driven-architecture-223292fcbc2d] and facilitates asynchronous data processing. As a result, the servers of Node.js do not get blocked and the data requests are processed conveniently. Secondly, Node.js serves as a smooth and efficient application layer between the IoT devices and the databases that store the information emitted by these devices. Moreover, Node.js has minimal memory requirements. As a result, node.js developers can easily integrate it with single-board controllers like Arduino. These are commonly used in the creation of digital devices that constitute an IoT system. 2. Real-Time Chat Apps A real-time chat is an online communication tool that enables live transmission of text, audio, or video messages. These are based on Instant Messaging (IM) or Internet Relay Chat (IRC) technologies. Of course, they can facilitate both one-to-one and one-to-many group chats. Real-time chat apps are one of the most common types of applications you can build with Node.js.– be it social networking apps or an interactive commercial website. Why build real-time chat apps with Node.js Node.js has an Event API that allows developers to work in an event-driven approach with any data. This functionality greatly helps in implementing server-side events and push notifications. Both of these features are frequently used in real-time communication applications. The event-driven structure of Node.js also allows it to establish and maintain collaboration with WebSockets. A web socket is crucial for a quick exchange of messages between the client and server via one open connection. Thus, Node.js plays a hugely beneficial role in real-time chat apps. Node.js is capable of carrying out real-time messaging with lower latency and faster data transfer if you choose to install the WebSockets on the server-side as well as on the client-side. 3. Single-Page Applications (SPAs) A single-page application is a web application that fits on a single page on the browser. Instead of loading the entire new page, the app dynamically rewrites the current web page. This gives users an experience similar to that of a desktop app. Today, SPAs are widely used to create social networking apps, project management tools, and much more. Gmail is the most practical example of an SPA. It resorts to AJAX for seamless updates of recent messages. Why build SPA with Node.js Node.js is a robust runtime environment that can handle asynchronous calls and heavy I/O workloads with great efficiency. This makes it well-suited for complex SPAs. The event loop characteristic of Node.js authorizes it to delay multiple concurrent requests from the client. Thus, it ensures a subtle and consistent transition accompanied by seamless data updates. Lastly, Node.js is written in the same language (JavaScript) as used to build SPAs. This makes the work of developers quite simple because they can use the same language and data structure on the server and the client-side. In turn, the development process speeds up and enhances the maintainability of the SPAs. 4. Real-Time Collaboration Tools Real-time collaboration tools are the ones that enable multiple users to work on the same app simultaneously. There is a wide range of collaboration tools that offer us a bunch of software solutions. Some of the prominent use cases are project management (Trello) and collaborative editing of documents (Google Docs). Why build real-time apps with Node.js Real-time collaboration apps present a case similar to that of real-time chats. Node.js asynchronous and event-based architecture provides a great edge in building these apps. Collaboration apps generate multiple events and I/O requests simultaneously. For example, a group of students can edit the same document or even the same paragraph of that document. In this scenario, Node.js utilizes the WebSockets and Event API to make sure that the requests and data submitted by multiple users do not hang the server and that all the server-side data is delivered to the client without any delay. The push notifications given by Node.js promptly update the collaboration environment. This is to ensure that all the users have a single and coherent view of the application. 5. Streaming Apps Application streaming is a type of on-demand software distribution. They differ from remote server app in nature. Application streaming requires you to download only certain parts of the application on-demand on the device, while the other parts can be downloaded later as and when they are needed. This prevents the overloading of the server and the local computer. You can also run the application perfectly without any connection at all after it is completely downloaded. Streaming apps like Netflix are certainly one of the best types of applications you can build with Node.js. Why build streaming apps with Node.js An inherent feature of Node.js, Stream API, makes it an excellent choice for designing such streaming apps. Moreover, Node.js possesses a comprehensive interface of readable and writable streams that can be controlled and processed effectively. 6. Apps with microservices architecture When you build an application with a microservices architecture, you build it as a collection of separate modules. Each module plays a specific role in the app functionality and is developed and tested constantly. When the team has built all the modules, they integrate them to form the complete application. Large enterprise applications greatly benefit from this architecture type. This is because their development teams are vast and distributed geographically. This approach helps the entire team stay on track. Why use Node.js for microservices architecture Native Node.js frameworks like Koa and Express which enable you to create some highly flexible microservices modules. When integrated with Docker, Node.js contains microservices in their respective containers in a clean, well-differentiated manner. As a result, there is little chance of microservices hampering one another’s functionalities. Node.js is extremely lightweight and has minimal resource requirements. So building microservices with Node.js makes applications efficient and quickly deployable. Top Famous Apps Built With Node.js Because of its advanced features and limited resource requirements, a large number of corporate giants have adopted Node.js application development. So here is a list of 5 Node.js applications built by famous companies. 1. Node.js in PayPal PayPal, the world’s most popular online payment platform, decided to use Node.js in its application in 2013. Having to write the front end and the back end codes with different languages was the main challenge PayPal’s engineering team was facing. Node.js was the only way for them to solve this problem. Jeff Harrell, Director of Engineering at Paypal, explains, > “Node.js helps us solve this by enabling both the browser and server applications to be written in JavaScript. It unifies our engineering specialties into one team which allows us to understand and react to our users’ needs at any level in the technology stack.” 2. Node.js in LinkedIn The world-famous professional networking platform LinkedIn used to run its back-end on Ruby on Rails. However, the company decided to use Node.js for its mobile-app backend in 2011. As a result, the LinkedIn app became 20% faster with the help of Node.js. [http://highscalability.com/blog/2012/10/4/linkedin-moved-from-rails-to-node-27-servers-cut-and-up-to-2.html] Kiran Prasad, VP of Product at LinkedIn, elaborated, > “One reason was the scale. The second is, if you look at Node, the thing it’s best at doing is talking to other services. The mobile app has to talk to our platform API and database. We’re not doing massive data analytics. Node showed us huge performance gains compared to what we were using before, which was Ruby on Rails.” 3. Node.js in Netflix The global favorite video streaming app Netflix chose to build their entire user interface using Node.js. [https://thenewstack.io/netflix-uses-node-js-power-user-interface/] It sped up the development process manifolds. Moreover, Node.js also reduced the app startup time by over 70%. [https://netflixtechblog.com/making-netflix-com-faster-f95d15f2e972] Kristofer Baxter, the then UI engineering manager at Netflix, wrote in a blog, [https://netflixtechblog.com/making-netflix-com-faster-f95d15f2e972] > “Three large pain points shaped our new Node.js architecture: > Context switching between languages was not ideal. > Enhancement of markup required too much direct coupling between server-only code generating markup and the client-only code enhancing it. > We’d rather generate all our markup using the same API.” 4. Node.js in Uber Uber, one of the largest on-demand apps, needed a feasible solution for handling millions of data requests daily. Node.js, with its exceptional data processing features, was chosen by Uber as one of the app’s leading technologies. Matt Ranney, a senior staff engineer at Uber, had shared, > “One of the things that make Node.js uniquely suited to running in production is that you can inspect and change a program without restarting it. So very few other languages offer that capability. Not a lot of people seem to know that ability exists, but indeed you can inspect and even change your program while it’s running without restarting it.” 5. Node.js in GoDaddy A leading web hosting and domain registrar company, GoDaddy migrated the back end of its app to a full-fledged Node.js infrastructure. With the help of Node.js, GoDaddy app was able to reduce its dependence on hardware to a great extent. Antonio Silveira, the then VP of engineering at GoDaddy, had written in a statement, > “We are now using about 10x fewer servers to host our customer websites and we reduced the Time To First Byte (TTFB) considerably from ~60ms to something around ~12ms. Performance is a key differentiator when we talk about web applications, including a better position in Google’s search results.” The Bottom Line Node.js is efficient, runs on JavaScript, and speeds up the development process. So from SPA to IoT, there are many different kinds of applications you can build with Node.js. Its serverless architecture, microservices, and event emitters have made it a favorite amongst startups and enterprises alike. Third Rock Techkno [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/] is a leading node.js development company in India and the USA. From our pool of world-class developers, you can hire dedicated Node.js developers [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/hire-node-developer/] for your next project. If you want to build a Node.js app, we’d love to discuss the possibilities of your app ideas. Contact us [https://www.thirdrocktechkno.com/contact-us] for a free consultation call with our veteran IT consultants.

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