Challenges With Today’s Web Technology
Most major projects we work on involve taking complex data and business needs and simplifying them for users on the web. Our clients want full control and visualization of their data and content from anywhere in the world. This is no small feat since enterprise apps demand complex logic and high volumes, and web technology is based on a legacy of simple document sharing. Although server-side technology has been advancing steadily along with the rest of the software industry, web client (browser) technology has come along much slower and remains inconsistent between browsers.
Transpilers are Here to Stay
The Business Case for Using Webpack
So how does using a transpiler like Webpack ultimately help companies? Developers like it because it makes their job easier. But does it really add measurable value to business? To answer that question, we need to look at some of the fundamental technical challenges that must be overcome in order to build any web app, and how those challenges impact companies in terms of finance, flexibility and time.
Reduce Lag in Communication Like NASA
NASA faces an interesting problem with the Mars Rover. Commands sent to the Mars Rover can take more than 13 minutes to be delivered, due to the massive distance between Earth and Mars. Likewise, any information collected by the Mars Rover needs at least 13 minutes to travel back. NASA’s response to this problem was to give the Mars Rover its own logic for making decisions, so that it didn’t have to wait for a 26 minute round trip message to figure out how to avoid a rock.
For more on this separation of client and server technology, see our previous blog - Toddler Explains the Future of Web Applications.
Handle Browser Inconsistencies
Help Developers Identify and Avoid Problems
Webpack can be used to integrate unit testing, code linting and other accountability features that help developers avoid many potential pitfalls of coding for the web and write more maintainable code. The result? A feature-rich, sustainable, and cost-effective environment for building web applications; applications capable of giving users instant feedback, boosting productivity, retaining more users and possibly increasing sales.
In today’s world where form, function and usability create equal demands of users on the web, there are tools, like Webpack, to help meet those demands in a cost-effective way for the business. If you are interested in optimized user experiences, reducing the server footprint of your app or have questions about Webpack, please drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you! (Stay tuned for more on Webpack in the near future.)
*Read more about NASA’s problem with the Mars Rover here.