The rise of JavaScript: why is so popular today?

JavaScript is building one of the largest ecosystems for the web and mobile applications development today, changing and reinventing the Internet business with active promoters like Groupon, Walmart or Paypal. But the big shift from the competition against C#, Java or Ruby is leveraged by the growing traction on the server-side development.

The release of JavaScript engine V8 in 2008 by Google and the birth of Node.JS (based on V8) in 2009 have been two main factors in the rise of Javascript on the server-side development. Making Node.JS, the most popular JavaScript interpreter on the server-side.

Now, V8 and Node.js are raising a new generation of javascript programmers with unique development skills to write and to execute the same JavaScript code both on the client and on the server side. Popularizing JavaScript as the best language to build the best end to end user experience both on web and mobile.

Mobile application development: a complex landscape

According to a market survey by Techvalidate, more than 38% of enterprises are accelerating their mobile application development strategy in 2015 but the majority still struggling to select the right mobile technologies to use in their projects.

Mobile technologies ecosystem is complex and in constant evolution with new solutions, frameworks, libraries reaching the market every six months. Just to name few technologies in this landscape, we have on the frontend side, AngluarJS, ReactJS, Ionic, Cordova, Polymer, Framework 7; and, on the backend side we have, NodeJS, ExpressJS, Scala, Sinatra, Flask.

And to make it more complicated to follow, enterprises are also facing emerging concepts such as JavaScript FullStack and Mobile Backend as a Service or MBaaS.

A complex landscape

A complex landscape

JavaScript Fullstack platform usually provides a frontend and a backend development environment in one place. Making applications development efficient by exposing business and client logics as REST services, and, by providing many pre-built functionalities applications need, such as push notifications or authentication.

JavaScript Fullstack is popularized today by platforms like MeteorJS, DerbyJS and MEAN stack (Mongo Express Angular Node).

MBaaS is a cloud-based concept where developers build web and mobile applications that connect to backend cloud-based storage platform. These platforms offer pre-built services like push notifications, social integration, data storage, file storage, monitoring, and configuration.

Amazon AWS and Facebook with Parse are two of the majors MBaaS providers.

However, Facebook has recently decided to shut down Parse services. By taking this decision, Facebook has highlighted two main points,  the first one, the importance of choosing carefully its MBaaS technology provider and the second one, rely its backend system on a third-party technology vendor is a critical decision.

Security and Backend integration: the two main challenges

The 2 biggest enterprise concerns when it comes to building mobile applications

The 2 biggest enterprise concerns when it comes to building mobile applications

Security (48%) and backend integration (42%) are two of the biggest enterprise concerns when it comes to building mobile applications according to the survey.

More than 55% of enterprises that build mobile applications use custom-development to integrate with their legacy and backend systems instead of using existing middleware technology or API from SW vendors.

Despite the plethora of MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) and other API SW vendors solutions, most of the enterprises still building their own bespoke solutions when it comes to backend systems integration.

As a result, enterprises are looking for no vendor lock-in solutions that simplify backend integration processes with existing technologies while providing rapid development environments to build web and mobile applications faster and cheaper.

Wakanda Open Source Platform: One-stop-shop platform for web and mobile development

We have launched Wakanda Open Source Digital App Factory with the purpose to offer a one-stop-shop rapid development platform for mobile and web applications with, seamless and secure backend and legacy systems integration facilities. The platform is designed to be open : wakanda can support any back-end system, any frontend and its studio can be extended to third party features coming from the ecosystem.

The next article will describe how Wakanda platform can help enterprises from any size to quickly build web and mobile applications that share data securely with backend systems while improving their productivity


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